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HI-MACS® returns to the Dutch Design Week

DATE : 04/11/2016


Dutch designers once again displayed the magic of HI-MACS®. Following a successful first edition of the exhibition Transitions, Baars & Bloemhoff – distributor of HI-MACS® in The Netherlands - once again invited six promising designers to imagine and shape materials in ‘Transitions II’. The show was in Broeinest at Strijp-S during the Dutch Design Week 2016.


Sabine Marcelis, one of the most promising Dutch designers of the moment, who has been invited to take part on the event, has chosen HI-MACS® for her new collection of lamps ‘FILTER’.




FILTER – light up everything – by Sabine Marcelis


FILTER consists of a series of lamps that play with the filtering of light. “During my visit to the materials library of Baars & Bloemhoff I was quickly prompted to start working with their solid surface material HI-MACS®. This acrylic solid surface comprises a huge diversity of decors and color collections that vary in visual density, composition and layering. In my work I often experiment with the manipulation of a light source and I continued this key theme for FILTER. I started by playing with the material, varying it in thickness and texture, for instance, and then started illuminating it”, says Sabine Marcelis. To this end, she combined HI-MACS® with moulded resin in various colors. Patterns and colors in the core of the material that are hidden when the light source is switched off then come alive and literally come to light in FILTER when the source is switched on.

The lamp collection features the following HI-MACS® colors: Star Queen, Opal, Gemini and Arctic Granite.









Sabine Marcelis works with a strong focus on materials in the field of product design, installations and spatial design. Her clear aesthetic vision is much appreciated in the collaborations she conducts with industry specialists. Since setting up her studio, works by Marcelis have been exhibited in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris. She works with Victor Hunt Design-Art Dealer (BE), Etage Projects (DK), Side Gallery (SP) and Gallery Bensimon (FR).
The lamp collection can be seen at the exhibition ‘Transitions’ during the Dutch Design Week. 






BLACK – Subtle color nuances in black – by studio rENs



Studio rENs is absolutely fascinated by material, form and color, and how these three factors interact during a process of design. For Transitions II, designers Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren took on the color black. BLACK is designed as a large modular set of ‘building blocks’ that centers around the color black. The ultimate objects can be combined with each other at will, thus allowing movement between material and form.



“BLACK turned out to be a pleasant surprise. We made a pre-selection from the huge range of black materials in the Baars & Bloemhoff product range, among which is HI-MACS® in the shades Black and Black Pearl, and noticed that the nuances in black, and the accompanying surface structures, result in a very subtle but wonderful contrast, which lets you experience the color and materials afresh.” 







Studio rENs designs on the basis of research. Working from its base in Eindhoven the studio initiates projects in which color often plays a key role.

Can porcelain color itself? Can someone’s life story be translated into a tapestry? Studio rENs collaborates with Cor Unum, Desso, Canon and the TextielMuseum.




Discover the making of ‘BLACK’ by studio rENs HERE:






Dutch Design Week – Transitions II
Location : Broeinest, Strijp-S, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven.
Design : Sabine Marcelis - Studio rENs
Fabrication : Solid Factory
Material : HI-MACS® Star Queen, Opal, Gemini, and Arctic Granite - Black and Black Pearl.
Photo credit : © Ronald Smiths
Others : Distributor - Baars & Bloemhoff