the Design Fair in Kortrijk in 2012 I was asked
to communicate the conclusion of our Design
Fusion group discussion, about the collaboration
between science and design.
Biosphere S is a tribute
to the inventor of the "geodesic"
dome; my hero and visionary Buckminster
Fuller. In 1967 he built a dome,
constructed with triangles and hexagonal
shapes as the United States pavilion for
the world expo: the Biosphere.
Our Biosphere S is a lot smaller, meant
to grow seeds or store your bought potted
herbs. With the ventilation valve in de
shape of the XALA logo
you can open or close the Biosphere S.
The Biosphere S is available in White,
Yellow, Green and Blue.
added a webshop, boo+friends,
to our website. We are selling our own designs
and designs by some of our friends. We will
be adding new and all kind of other interior
products on a regular basis.
and check out boo+friends
also like our boo+friends Facebook page
LED light by Boo for IdFrm
point for the Be-Leaf was to make an indirect
lighting fixture for IdFrm using their own
Indirect lighting creates a nice atmosphere.
Because there isn't always a white ceiling
at hand we decided to create a ceiling in
our fixture. The result is this playful lamp
which comes in several different colours and
with various cords.
After the successful launch,
our new lighting fixture Orb* is now for sale.
For sales and information contact:
The Orb* comes in three sizes,
several colours and applications.
S: 22W, ø 44 cm, h 11 cm
M: 40W, ø 56 cm, h 11,5 cm
L: 60W, ø 69 cm, h 12,5 cm
light source: TL5 Circular.
30 Orb* lamps are already installed in the
tower of the Culturalis theater in the Hague.
was asked by Ehren Seeland of Ava
Living to be a guide to Rotterdam.
The idea was to have a resource list
for people that would be visitring
Rotterdam. But then from my personal
point of view. Busy as I am I created
the concept but had my daughter Sammie
do the writing. So now here it is:
Sammie & Ben Oostrum
Hoppy is now also available in black.
Don't you just
hate it when you never seem to have candles of the
right size at hand when you need them? That problem
is over now, for the Erect1 holds candles from 19
mm up to 24 mm and always straight up. No more bungling
with matches, knives or whatever it takes to make
your candle fit and get them straight. No! Just
simply press the candle into the candleholder Erect1
and the cutting edges will cut right through the
candle creating a solid fixture.
Low Res Jenever
Ben Oostrum was asked by the European Ceramic
Work Centre to come up with some new ideas
on Dutch souvenirs, he decided to work together
on this project with his design partner
at that time Jan Melis as MNO.
They realized that most of the things they
brought home from abroad were things that
were not actually souvenirs, such as food
and drinks. If they were to visit the Netherlands
as a tourist, they would probably take home
a bottle of Jenever: Dutch Gin sold in a
traditional stone bottle. Ben made a model
for a ceramic Jenever bottle, and worked
on it with a rapid prototype milling machine
to discover that the machine, with a certain
setting, began to create patterns on its
own. He let the machine do its work and
so the relief on the traditional stone bottle
was created. Oostrum: ‘The combination
of the old-fashioned, authentic stone Jenever
bottle and modern high-tech machinery is
what makes this design stand out.’
Oostrum (1960) studied sculpture at the
Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
As a designer, it is this background that
distinguishes him from other designers.
Oostrum: ‘My approach is different.
Most designers start from a package of requirements,
and I use form and shape as a point of departure.’
But to Oostrum, design is not the only thing
that is important. Design and function must
be in balance. ‘I hate things like
a beautiful chair that is uncomfortable,
as well as an ugly chair that is comfortable.’
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