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"We invent materials, develop new applications, design products and enable sustainable business"


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HuisVeendam




HuisVeendam

2012- onwards

HuisVeendam is an unique initiative that promotes and visualizes properties of potato starch. Once it was the driving force behind this regional development of the North. The rural riches of the North of Holland evaporated with the arrival of oil. A long tradition of natural fiber and potato starch technology disappeared.

A series of products designed by Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven shows its great potential. From studio prototypes in which we applied this this laminate in car interiors to table tops made from all sort of materials. During the Dutch Design Week in EIndhoven we showed a library of 120 different organic waste streams turned to bio-laminates. For more information please visit www.huisveendam.nl or email to info@huisveendam.nl.

Due to the upcoming BioBased Economy in the North, the remarkable properties of starch are rediscovered and modified to offer sustainable solutions. HuisVeendam has given direction in this innovation by a few very concrete products. In combination with a dozen of organic residual, potato starch is used as the base for a new flooring, wall and object material.

 

Architects/Interior architects:

Please contact Baars&Bloemhoff for samples,

eindhoven@baars-bloemhoff.nl / 040-298 43 00

 

For custom designs and specials please contact:

Tjeerd Veenhoven – Founder/Senior designer – tjeerd@huisveendam.nl

Erik Slor – Founder/Creative technology – erik@huisveendam.nl

Koos Slor – Founder/Business director – koos@huisveendam.nl

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BioFoils




No-Ink

2014

The no-Ink collection was developed on the basis of an ongoing research into new applications of low quality compostable PLA film (lactic acid, poly Lactose Acid) laminated with natural materials. The research into the possibilities of this biobased compostable foil has resulted in a substantially new material. The film has some specific characteristics that are very durable in our process. The film has a lower melting point than the synthetic plastics so energy to produce is lower. The laminating and fusing of this film is thus sustainable. The goal from the start was that the upgrade had to be deployed on an artisan and industrial level so that it could be the maximum environmental, social and economic impact.

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DDW2013




Dutch Design Week 2013


Monnikenwerk
2013

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven for HuisVeendam
The rural town Veendam has a rich history of potato starch production. The humble potato was the start of  a large value chain resulting in countless products, most often fully biodegradable. With the rise of oil this value chain diminished drastically and much knowledge and experience was lost.
Now the petrochemical value chain is troublesome and ending there is a revival of this potato starch technology. Due to modern technology and improved analysis the possibilities of the biological adhesive are plentiful and often even more effective than its synthetic opposite.

To emphasize the success of this biodegradable product HuisVeendam designs new applications for potato starch. For HuisVeendam designer Tjeerd Veenhoven selected 120 organic waste streams and turned them to a collection of biolaminates. This product is fully biodegradable en applicable on walls, objects and in future also flooring. The excellent adhesive properties of starch can upgrade the value of organic waste and kickstart new value chains which are more transparent and sustainable.Dutch Design Week 2013.

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DDW2014




Dutch Design Week 2014
solo exhibition

2014

Exhibition text
This Dutch Design Week Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven states a visual claim: substitute what causes harm. And not only do we raise the issue, we offer a solution as well. Not only do we target the top, we also take aim at the bottom of the market. There where most harm is done and respect is first to go we act as bridge between industry and consumer. Approached with a loving gaze, the solution is literally up for grabs. In our upcoming exhibition ‘Wishful thinking, Wishful doing’ we will show you an overview of how gorgeous and innovative an uncompromising solution can be.

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FerryGoRound




Ferry-Go-Round 

2002

The Ferry-Go-Round was a ferry across the pond between the two festival sites at the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen. In a  theatrical and disorienting way, the public was transported over water.
The Ferry-Go-Round is a joint venture with Lambert Kamps.

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Palmleather




Palmleather

2011-onwards

What it is

Palmleather is made by dipping the dry and brittle leave from the Arecae Betel Nut into a biological softening solution I designed in 2011. After a few days the material turns permanently soft and flexible and shows great aesthetic quality. The material can be processed on conventional machines.

Replacing leather

The entire Palmleather project was instigated as a cheap plant based replacement for animal leather, plastic and rubber. These materials are sustainable nightmares and hit even harder in the poorer regions of the world.

Utilizing waste streams

Waste does not exist. But in general food-production brings large volumes of waste, pre-consumption and after consumption. Before returning to the natural compost cycle the Areca Betel Nut leaves can be upgraded to become more useful. Key is not to pollute this waste material when upgraded.

Natural material upgrade

Natural fibers are under appreciated and have (to) little value. Increasing there versatility and functionality greatly contributes to natural fibers becoming used more frequent again. By upgrading natural fibers used in craft sustainable change can be a bottom up process.

Ecological solution

This softening mixture has no harmful effect on people, animal or nature, on a small or large scale. The compounds are easily absorbed in the local biotope.

Raw material availability

Small processes grow and it is important to look ahead from the start. In the Southern part of India 80 million Areca Betel Nut trees grow in plantations, parks, reserves and in natural habitat. Modest estimates result in 1 m2 leave material from 1 tree of which at this moment 5% is utilized with the production of Areca Leave Plates.

Water consumption

In leather, cotton and wool large quantities of water is being used. It is also hard to use this water in closed production cycles because cleaning the water for re-use is to expensive. Jeans use up to 1200 liter of water in the production process. Palmleather strives to use a maximum of 20 liter per m2 Palmleather premium quality in this process.

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FlexibleHouse




Flexible House 

2003

The different layers of this object are symbolizing the different functions of a standard house. When a function of a layer is not utilized, this layer disappears. If it is utilized again, the layer fills with air. This way, the volume of the object stays minimized.
‘Flexible House’ is a project in collaboration with Lambert Kamps on commission of the Day of Architecture and Platform Gras.

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GroningerUniversalis




Groninger Universalis

2014

Size: 350 cm x 520 cm

A collaboration with Lambert Kamps commissioned by Gemeente Groningen

For this assignment we photographed 100 people from the municipal Groningen. We superimposed the results and calculated this into an average. In this way, we created a made up out of 100 photographs layers, new person. We made this person visible through 2200 glass pixels – expressed in lights – in a variety of grey tones in the public space. The artwork is illuminated at night, which makes it is visible from far away.

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TulipPigments




TulipPigment

2014

The tulip is an icon of the Dutch culture. Thousands of hectares are planted each year to export the bulbs worldwide. Strangely, the most beautiful part of the flower, the head, has no economic value except being a coveted photo object of many a tourist.

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven worked for eight months to extract new value from this waste residual, namely pigment. The flower heads are collected by us and dried. Through a mechanical and biochemical process the color is extracted form the petal. Every time it is a surprise what color emerges from this almost artisanal process. The applications run from finger-paint to the coloring of biological plastic. This gives flower petals besides aesthetic value also economic benefits.

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IWCN




IWCN

2015

HuisVeendam and Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven collaborated on the interior of the International Welcome Center North. The local municipality acted as launching customer for the first HuisVeendam Bio-Laminate products.

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Palmleather




Palmleather

2011-onwards

Many products have been designed over the years. Some are already for sale. On our future webshop you can order. If you can’t wait please drop us an email at info@tjeerdveehoven.com and we will see what we can do.

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Noorderzon




Noorderzon 

2014

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven was commissioned to design a low budget and functional festival kiosk based on shipping containers. The inner walls were lined with paneling made from the vegetation harvested from the park.

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Cattail




Better Wetter 

2015

Better Wetter is a program for future-proof water management in the Northeast of the Dutch province Friesland. The program consists of new ecological and economic support to develop a wetland environment.

One of the main goals is to put a knowledge centre in nature area “It Bûtenfjild” north of Feanwâlden, for practical water management. The knowledge centre connects regional issues with education and research. Research by students of the university of Wageningen show many potential uses of common water plant cattail: biofuels, insulation, composite fibers and material that may be useful for better health. Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven brings the results of this research into practice.

more information: http://www.altwym.nl/nl.php/news/better-wetter–voor-ecologie-en-economie/

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GroningenCitySeaSelta




Groningen City Sea Delta

2012

History and brief outline of the situation

The former sugar beet processing plant created a unique nature reserve with a wide variety of flora and fauna, a stone’s throw from the city center of Groningen. a well-protected habitat created by the departure of the factory is rapidly disappearing. The main reason for the loss of biodiversity that is the lack of artificial tides in the area. Willows and nettles now replace a remarkable variety of birds and other wildlife.

Our idea

With our plan, we want an ‘urban sea delta area’ for Groningen create by reducing the necessary ebb and flow system. By regulating the water level we present domination of willow and nettles against and bring the water and feeding grounds in motion. This again we create an environment where high biodiversity can prosper. Also it gives us the ability to maintain the water temperature and the overall water quality.

Vision

We see this City Sea Delta as a place of unique recreational, educational and natural science qualities that can take a very special place in the city of Groningen.

Realisation and support

A major driver of the regional economy is the new sugar factory in Hoogkerk where large amounts of beets are processed into sugar. The enormous amount of vegetable waste that the factory creates is currently already successfully and profitably as biomass into energy. Some of this biomass can be utilised for biogas installations on the City Sea Delta area.

The bio-digester is a concept is testing using a simple technique. By the fermentation of biomass arises methane gas having substantially the same quality and energy value as natural gas. For example, a biogas installation could be placed in an old basin of the former flow field, hidden from view, inexpensive by placing the modest intervention. This provides enough energy / money for the realisation of our plan as well as a good and green business model for the municipality as a gas supplier. De Gemeente Groningen can buy a share of this renewable energy.

In collaboration with

Ennio Vicenzoni en Annemarie van den Berg

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WTWD




Wishful thinking, Wishful doing

2014

A festive light sculpture I designed to celebrate my solo exhibition during the DDW.

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HuisVeendam




HuisVeendam

2012-onwards

HuisVeendam shows what happens if when creative industry and high-tech industrial innovation start working together. It is testimony to what is to come.

There is an urge to bring technical innovations to market as soon as possible, application of these innovations is not always clear or visionary enough. Taking a different look, from a new perspective brings a lot.

Tjeerd Veenhoven consults companies where paradigm shifts are imminent and change is unavoidable, a perfect moment to embrace the creative process. Sustainability and Corporate responsibility are core values but always in combination with business and profit.

 

Tjeerd Veenhoven – Founder/Senior designer – tjeerd@huisveendam.nl

Erik Slor – Founder/Creative technology – erik@huisveendam.nl

Koos Slor – Founder/Business director – koos@huisveendam.nl

 

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OperationRoom OfTheFuture




The flexible Operating room, the future OR

2010

The flexible OR doesn’t stand alone, it’s a part of the entire hospital. We want to create an ENVIRONMENT in which the flexible OR can function most EFFICIENT To do so we first have to start by shaping it’s surroundings, it’s environment.

We looked at the MODULAR greenhouse for inspiration. An efficient architecture than can support many of our needs in the flexible OR. In regard to the patient, the staff, the surgeon, technicians  and family. Because they all benefit from the transparency the greenhouse offers

Transparency brings clarity

CLARITY  is needed to communicate. To us it is not clear why we build with bricks and sheet rock. Especially because our social structure is so complex. And even more so in an hospital environment. We want to bring back BODY LANGUAGE to simplify communication. A chance to enhance our empathy and our intuition . Therefore glass is our solution.

Glass is CLEAN and MULTIFUNCTIONAL. We can INFLUENCE the amount of the transparency of every glass panel used. We create an open space (shell) or a private room by the flick of a switch. We offer the staff  a TRANSPARANT corridor or a SECLUDED interview room. In the operating room we use the glass to PROJECT on and are thankful that it is easy to clean. We can COMMUNICATE with our supply lines and our technicians by a simple wave or wink.  We want to see NATURE and bring it’s calming light inside of our hospital. Glass allows us to use space more flexible. Glass brings clarity.

If  our body is an engine than our doctor is our mechanic. Engine problems need to be diagnosed, correct procedures discussed, right tools for the job selected. All important communication which we simplify with glass instead of brick walls.

By simplifying the communication and selecting our favorite building material we can design a new Operating Room. An OR of the future where we also integrated the future technological advances in diagnostics, medicine, anesthesia, endoscopy and robotics! But we also cleaned up the OR by redesigning products, allowing future technology to solve atmospheric lightning, trash management, storage and information.

Information overflow is our Achilles heel, we can only absorb so much. Nevertheless we cannot do without. To be efficient and flexible we need all information. On demand we introduce.

“For your eyes only”

Information, when you need it, where you need it. In your eyes or on the glass wall, in mid-air or projected on your patient. But just the information you need to perform optimal.  Augmented reality is our future, guiding us in an ever more complicated world where we have to SIMPLIFY AND CLARIFY

This all to create a FLEXIBLE Operation Room in the future

Initiated by Platform Gras and the Academic University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)

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Palmleather




Palmleather

2011-onwards

The Palmleather project has given us an enormous amount of experience in value chain design.

We consult on Green Entrepreneurship, Responsible Business, Responsible Growth and how to Innovate at a grass root level. We have several project managers to manage your project and a large network to connect to yours.

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StudioMethods




StudioMethods

2014

Tjeerd Veenhoven is a product designer with a love for inventing materials and production techniques. In his mind being a designer is much more than just aesthetics or expressing trends. From his design studio in the North of Holland he experiments with materials and crafts from all over the world developing new products to spread ecological awareness and design thinking. Through our extensive experience we distilled six successful methods which we would like to share with you.

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StudioTjeerdVeenhoven India




Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven India

2013

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven has been working in India over the past 3 years with independent designers, educational institutions, craft organizations and marketers to bridge and guide creative thinking.

We develop new value chains within the regional setting, based on sustainability, regional culture, technological innovations, entrepreneurship and individuality.

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TulipPigments




TulipPigment
2014

The tulip is an icon of the Dutch culture. Thousands of hectares are planted each year to export the bulbs worldwide. Strangely, the most beautiful part of the flower, the head, has no economic value except being a coveted photo object of many a tourist.

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven worked for eight months to extract new value from this waste residual, namely pigment. The flower heads are collected by us and dried. Through a mechanical and biochemical process the color is extracted form the petal. Every time it is a surprise what color emerges from this almost artisanal process. The applications run from finger-paint to the coloring of biological plastic. This gives flower petals besides aesthetic value also economic benefits.

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EducationalProjects




EducationalProjects

2013-2015

At the Srishti Design School we have initiated, together with Mr. Janak Mistry, three Natural Fiber Labs already. About 60 students have done material research, came up with an innovative upgrade and designed consumer products. We highlight the Sabadul Pod project by Pallavi Padrone and Anjum Mariam, and the graduation project by Aishwarya Nair. An excellent example on how material innovation, a creative mind and the urge to design come together. Please contact our studio for to get information on all our educational projects, in India but also in the Netherlands and Germany.

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BottleWindMill




BottleWindMill

2011

With components from toys, low tech sheet metal parts and the remarkable universal qualities of the PET bottle we set off to develop this low cost wind mill. Within the design process we found a perfect blend between empirical and theoretical development. The PET 1,5 ltr bottle was the starting point because it is everywhere. Even though it is criticized to pollute our oceans and you can find it lying around even on the highest mountain it is one of the best designs ever made. Being lightweight it saves on fuel for transport, its contents is extremely well protected and therefor safe to drink even after long storage and when recycled its materials are of good value. What inspired us greatly was the screw cap. If we bring a screw cap from our home and bring it to a small village in the Andes it will fit! It is one of so few universal standards. A remarkable achievement and utilized in this wind mill.

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CampFireGrill




CampFireGrill

2010

This grill was made from old cast iron fencing. It was welded back together again by me and coated with this really high tech PTFE (non-stick) coating, also used to coat Formula-1 race cars. Thanks to the coating you can also use it really well as a grill. An edition of stainless steel sheet metal was also produced in limited edition.

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CarbonStrandBike




CarbonStrandBike

2011

This bike is made by mounting parts of a bike into a jig and running carbon wires drenched in epoxy resin between them. After a while the resin sets and the parts are united again. This all in an attempt to come up with new forms and shapes. Carbon in itself is not a very complicated material, often it is the weave that makes it high tech. Many of these woven materials are used in high tech products, to provide a better strength vs weight ratio. Of course this brings much joy to engineers and provides consumers with many more options. However in this case the carbon is not parse intended as an high tech material, but more as a problem solving material that is real easy to apply giving more freedom to create. 
Imagine this technique is used to string together wheelchairs together in poorer parts of the world, after all there is just 8 euro worth of carbon in this bike.

Chrome

2012

Collecting old second hand chrome parts of bicycles for the last year. This type of chrome is not being produced anymore, to toxic in production. Nevertheless the have a beautiful deep shine, much intenser than the polished aluminium parts. All these different parts are strung together with carbon strands and ‘frozen’ by epoxy resin. This special edition is created to replace the original Carbon Strand Bike that has been on show in the Connecting Concepts exhibition that has travelled the world promoting Dutch Design and Design Thinking. This exhibition, together with the new bike will travel to other countries but has made a short stop at the DesignHuis Eindhoven, Holland.

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DeIJssel




DeIJssel

2014

DeIJssel is a herbarium book with a archive of unique plants found along the river delta of the IJssel river. IJsselID commissioned us to develop a commercial product based on the regions identity. The herbarium book has 6 pages from which 4 postcards can be pressed. In total 24 unique postcards can be send all over the world with a unique set of plants decorating the front. Of course the botanical information is included.

 

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HerbariumCards




HerbariumCards

2014

In the densely populated Netherlands it is hard to find pristine nature on first sight and
a lot around us seems to be shaped by human hands. Nothing is less true. Along the riverbanks and in the open field, the nature take its course and we find a great variety in flora; from mundane to exotic. Our love for nature’s beauty made the herbarium our favorite place to visit. The incredible collections of preserved plant specimens, inspired us to make products. Each season Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven goes out on a field trip and the harvest is immortalized thanks to a special ecological preservation technique.

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MonopanPopUp




MonopanPopUp

2010

This Fold Up Store was developed for the Dutch Phone Company BEN. It was conceived by Frank de Ruwe from Natwerk and commissioned to me because of my knowledge of materials. I redesigned the tiny cardboard model Frank gave me and turned it into a very practical promotional tool.

 

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RubberPlants




RubberPlants

2007

A technical exercise in precision moulding. These plants are exact copies of the organic originals. After vacuum casting my Rubber Chair I was obsessed with the technique and wanted to find the ultimate challenge. I found that making absolute perfect copies of these plants was an excellent test. The plants were molded in a vacuum and burned in an oven. All the organic plant material vaporized and the cavity was vacuum filled with polyurethane rubber. After 48 failed attempts number 49 came out as a perfect rubber clone of its organic twin.

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RubberChair




RubberChair

2005

How to cast a chair in one piece…
I wondered and made a mold, placed the mold into my self made vacuum tank, drew out the air and replaced the vacuum with a liquid polyurethane rubber. After setting the mold was opened and the rubber chair came out exactly as on the photo. This all sounds real easy, obviously it was not. A modest metal frame is suspended in the mold providing extra support for legs and back, all else is rubber. The chair looks ridged but is remarkably comfortable.

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NeeltjeJans




NeeltjeJans

2007

Table piece, cast concrete: 30 x 15 x 24 cm

Neeltje Jans is the name of the little village on the sea inlet which the Dutch closed off in the seventies, famously known as The Delta Works. As a child I saw pictures of the huge pylon pontoons that where constructed in a large natural dry dock. 69 large concrete pylons were floated out in the sea inlet to be sunk onto the sea bed. It struck me that 80 % of this beautiful humanly engineered concrete ice berg was sank below the sea water, never to be seen again. It was one of the largest concrete constructions of its time, at the pinnacle of technical innovation and an integrate part of our Dutch culture, our struggle to hold back the sea.