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Top 15 innovators

Now we've listed our top 25 favourite fashion labels and interior designers, we wrote down 15 innovators. People who keep on surprising us. By knotting rugs from sea algae yarn. Designing solar-powered bike paths. Or creating a bioplastic out of dead beetles. Innovating, huh?

Aagje Hoekstra
A bioplastic made of dead beetles? Uh, yep. Coleoptera is Aagje Hoekstra's graduation project about the various uses we may get out of insects. When she found out that the beetle's shield contains a polymer, she made this 'insect plastic'. The structure of the beetle is still in the plastic, so you know where it has come from. Yikes! Or.. yeah, we mean.

Arne Hendriks
This artist is almost 2 meters tall and not too happy about it. In his project The Incredible Shrinking Man Arne proposes shrinking the human population to an average height of 50 cm to reduce the amount of food and natural resources we consume. Because at 50 centimeters we'd only need about 2-5% of the resources we need now. Let's hear it for mini-me's!

Blond & Bieber
Ooh la la! 'Algaemy', a project by Blond & Bieber, investigates the potential of micro algae in textile-printing. The two girls developed a living colour palette that changes over time. From green to blue and from pink to red and eventually orange. Every piece of fabric is telling a story over time. Because people change and so do textiles.

Christien Meindertsma
Investigating the origin of things. For her 'Flock' experiment, Christien Meindertsma explored the amount of sweaters that could be made from the wool of one sheep, and for her 'PIG 05049' project, she examined the range of products made from a single pig. At the Ventura Lambrate in Milano, Christien exhibited a chair made out groundbreaking materials: flax and bioplastics.

Carmen Hijosa
Piñatex is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile invented by Carmen Hijosa. It's a by-product of the pineapple harvest, so no extra water, fertilizers or pesticides are required. It can be used as a leather alternative or textile in the fashion, accessory and upholstery markets. There are already some sample shoes and bags made. Fruity!

Buro BELÉN
Lenneke Langenhuijsen and Brecht Duijf from Buro BELÉN are materializers. They design from material. By broadening and expanding the material qualities of spaces, objects and products, BELÉN creates tangible design for the future. The girls are known for 'Wooden Textiles': wooden cloths produced through an ancient handicraft from Tonga. Super sustainable!

Daan Roosegaarde
Bike through a masterpiece! In Nuenen, Studio Roosegaarde created a solar-powered bicycle path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. Another groundbreaking idea from Daan's studio is 'Glowing Lines', where photo-luminescent paint has been used to mark out the edges of the road. The paint absorbs solar energy during the day and illuminates at night.

Lilian van Daal
Most couches are made from various materials and produced in different factories. Lilian van Daal came up with a solution and it involves a 3D printer. This makes it possible to produce complex structures and to create several materials in one building. Her 3D printed soft seat minimizes pollution caused by transport, is completely recyclable and ridiculously pretty.

Marjan van Aubel
Science + chemistry. Marjan van Aubel designs objects that make the potential of technology and energy-harvesting for the benefit of the living environment tangible. From foam porcelain to integrated solar cells based on the properties of colour: her collection is a series of innovative materials. Van Aubel believes interdisciplinary practice is the way forward for design.

Nienke Hoogvliet
Raising awareness for fascinating things. Most of Nienke Hoogvliet's projects have something to do with vulnerability: in humanity, society or nature. By knotting a rug from sea algae yarn, Nienke draws attention to this rather new material. A material that could offer a solution for the sustainability issues in the textile industry.

Nir Meiri
An out of the ordinary approach to everyday objects. Nir Meiri carefully selects materials, often raw and wild, shapes them into clean-cut forms, creating innovative products that play on the tension between the domesticated and the untamed. Marine Light for example, is a lampshade entirely made of seaweed. That's right ladies and gentlemen, it's an edible lamp.

Robbin Baas
Robbin's designs answer the human need for animal company in urban settings. His products open the way for the cohabitation of city dwellers with threatened or underestimated species. All designs offer animals a place to dwell and thrive near people without unnecessary burdens on the environment. Hurrah for bees, redworms and butterflies.

Studio Eric Klarenbeek
Designers of the unusual. Known for special projects, or let's say unusual projects, for unusual people or purposes. Let's focus on Studio Eric Klarenbeek's Mycelium Project, where new ways of 3D-printing living organisms (such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi) are explored. This, in combination with local raw materials, creates a beautiful chair with a negative carbon footprint.

Studio Swine
Super. Wide. Interdisciplinary. New. Explorers. May we introduce you to Studio Swine? Studio Swine explores design through material innovation and creating new sustainable systems. One of their projects is Sea Chair, a stool made out of collected and processed plastics from the oceans. Another project investigates the potential of human hair. Quite a renewable resource…

Teresa van Dongen
For a while now, Teresa van Dongen has been doing research into new forms of light and energy. Teresa, who studied biology before embarking on a career in design, has filled a glass tube with octopus bacteria to create a zero-energy lamp. Pretty amazing. In all of her projects, she combines nature and science with design, which we think is even more amazing.

Tomorrowmachine
A self-expanding instant food package, a self-cleaning plate and a packaging with the same short life span as the food it contains. Design Studio Tomorrow Machine is all about package, product and food concepts. Building a better world through research, new technologies and intelligent materials. It's science. From a creatieve point of view.