Design Academy Eindhoven. Dept: Man and Leisure.
Internship: for Hella Jongerius / Jongeriuslab. Designing “My Soft Office” for Workspheres at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)in New York, U.S.A.
Currently also working for Vadobag: as designer/stylist of the trendy bags.
“Boezels” by Twan Verdonck.
When does an object become a toy ?
knows that kids usually prefer to play with the box a toy came in rather
than the overly sophisticated toy itself. The most successful toys are
those that leave room for imagination and interpretation by a wide variety
As open as
boxes but much more cuddly, these abstract objects become wild animals,
friends, pets—a multiform cast of characters that grow with the
developing imagination. They have important tactile qualities and a
of fifteen different furry animals, each Boezel has unique characteristics
and appeals to at least one of the five senses. Some can be cuddled, and
others wrap around the body to cuddle you. Their carefully-studied balance
of material, weight and size provoke strong physical feelings during play
therapy, as the combination of exploring the senses in a relaxed state
of consciousness in a comfortable and pleasant environment is meant to
works with a workshop of mentally challenged adults to produce The Boezels
and is also developing additional toys and toy workshops to suit other
needs, such as those of the elderly. His company, Neo Human Toys, initiates
ideas, projects and opportunities which aim to result in social, commercial
and artistic success. According to Verdonck, " Concepts and products
which may be thought of as odd or even controversial at first, will soon
be seen as must-haves ".
View On Colour 28, text by Lisa White, photography: Bubbles Visuals)