Thomas Vailly's design practice is focused on processes and systems in product design. His mechanical engineer diploma at University of Technology of Compiègne triggered a fascination for processes and transformation of matter.
This concern was combined to a reflexion on systems of production and consumption whilst following the Masters programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His work explores themes of industrial production, mass consumption and production, commodification and transformation of substances.
Thomas Vailly is the co-curator of C-Fabriek (DDW12, Eindhoven), a design exhibition focused on new design processes and low tech production technique. In 2013, together with Ohaly and Fiebig, he won the Frame Moooi. Interior design award. Recently he has been busy working with geological and natural processes. Together with Laura Lynn Jansen, he has been growing stone artifacts in thermo-mineral springs.
Roosje Klap owns a studio for visual communication, mainly graphic design and typography, which she has set up after her Graphic Design studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
The studio researches the experimental boundaries of custom fit design, peculiar yet collaborative. With Roosje Klap a typeface can be unreadable, a book can turn out to be a sculpture and a stamp can become a drawing-by-numbers-drawing: she has a strong affection for unorthodox type design. Solving the mystery of an unanswered question is what drives Roosje Klap.
Many of her projects involve close collaboration with specialists from different cultural backgrounds, such as artists, curators, architects, type designers and writers. The research-based interdisciplinary design approach enables Roosje Klap to challenge the boundaries of graphic design and create new forms of communication. Roosje Klap represents a new generation of graphic designers that not only works on private or public commissions, but also defines their own assignments.
Roosje Klap mainly works in the cultural field: museums, galleries, art publishers and artists. She recently designed two stampseries for PostNL as well as the new 2 euro coin for the Netherlands. For her design of the ‘Encyclopedia of Fictional Artists’ and for her ‘Rijksakademie Annual Report 2011’ she received a European Design Award.
She also works as an Advising Researcher at the post-academic institute Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands, as well as head of the Graphic Design Department (together with Niels Schrader) where she implements what she calls 'affective design'.
GRUPPE is an architecture and design practice established by Christoph Junk, Boris Gusic and Nicholas Lobo Brennan in Zürich in 2010. Their work is concerned with thinking through building and the inherently political nature of architecture.
They see architecture as a way of thinking and acting, where the gathering of materials is inseparable from the assembly of people.
GRUPPE teach together at ETH Zurich. They have been visiting critics at architecture schools in Switzerland, UK and the Netherlands. They are the winners of the 2012 Swiss Art Award for Architecture, exhibited during Art Basel 2012, and shortlisted for Lisbon 2013 Triennale Debut Award.
Zak Kyes is a London-based graphic designer and art director. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 has been the Art Director of the Architectural Association (AA), London, where, in 2008, he cofounded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. In 2010, he received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, initiating the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With… (2011–13).
Through collaborations, curatorial projects and publications Kyes has developed a unique practice that expands collaborative form from a pragmatic structure of working together to the joint development of content. Recent and ongoing projects include the art direction of the Berlin Biennale (with Juan A. Gaitán, 2014); the graphic identity of Fridericianum, Kassel (since 2013); the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2008); and the Sternberg Press Solution series (with Ingo Niermann, since 2008). He has curated the touring exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007–09) and The Information Economy as part of the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 (2010).