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Toolbox for Imagination from Lotte van Wulfften Palthe on Vimeo.



COLLECTION OF OBJECTS
Toolbox for Imagination is a carefully gathered and created collection of objects for you to play with. ‘Tools’ to stir your imagination and help you dream.

WHY?
But why, oh why?! Because it’s fun, is obviously the most important reason, but there is also a more serious one. Objects, but also intangible concepts like rituals, definitions, standards, etc., often have been with us for such a long time, that we tend to forget they are not carved in stone. Their value and function changes over time. That means that everything can actually be anything, but only if we would allow ourselves to look beyond their presumable meaning. And this is where imagination comes in.

BRAIN YOGA
Imagination is synonym for experiment, exploring, playing, being amazed, alternative worlds, and new perspectives. It transforms a seemingly boring object, ritual or whatever, into the most wonderful creature that can walk on water and is as big as a city. Imagination creates space to think, to breathe, and to get beyond the obvious. It makes you more flexible, a kind of brain yoga to loosen up the fixed joints in your head.

NECESSARY PLAY
In the end something frivolous as imagination and playing is the motor for creativity and thus innovation. And we could use a bit of that right now. How that works? Find more info below.

Go to facebook.com/Toolbox.for.Imagination to see what people built with the Toolbox during Dutch Design Week 2013.

Toolbox for Imagination is for rent and for sale.
materials: birch multiplex, various materials
dimensions: 100w x 58d x 9h cm
price: on demand

You can also commission me to design the process to go with the toolbox, so it meets your personal needs.


commissioned by: Studio Lvwp



HOW IT WORKS? THINKING HANDS
The strength of Toolbox for Imagination lies in thinking with your hands instead of only using spoken or written language. What we often see during brainstorm sessions is a lot of discussion about the definitions of words and how these words are used. By building with objects, you communicate about something tangible. You build metaphors for the visions, dreams, strategies or ideas you have. This way it doesn’t matter anymore whether the addressed topic is concrete or abstract. With the toolbox you have a third medium that helps generating ánd visualising new ideas.

ABSTRACT AND FIGURATIVE
The objects in the Toolbox are all made or chosen because they’re in between abstract and figurative. So on the one hand they are not a blank canvas that don’t trigger anything. On the other hand the objects don’t have a clear function so you can make your own associations. Their material, shape, colour, texture and weight all add to people’s eagerness to touch them.

METAPHORS
In the end it all comes down to metaphors. Which objects does someone choose? What does he build? And what story does he tell with it? A design researcher from Lancaster University, specialised in co-design, pointed out that Toolbox for Imagination has the same qualities as Lego Serious Play, a reputable tool that uses Lego to build metaphors as well. Nice coincidence!




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KWIEK is an urban exercise route which cleverly uses street furniture. It turns a lamp post into a spot to stretch shoulders, a bench into a place to exercise your legs and bollards to slalom around.

The especially designed symbol tiles, mark where and what kind of exercise you could perform. At the same time they direct you to the next exercise and communicate the whole route.

The first urban exercise route is implemented around care facility de Eerdbrand in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Together with Manuel Wijffels (Denovo Design) and Janne van Kollenburg, Studio Lvwp initiated the concept and developed the design. Physiotherapist Mariska Haazen from Archipel Care group, located in care facility de Eerdbrand, was also closely involved in the development of the project. Currently she weekly accompanies small groups of elderly along the KWIEK route to help them exercise on their personal level. The social component of exercising together and share a coffee afterwards is a very important part of the KWIEK concept.

Studio van Laar was responsible for the graphic design of the flyer and billboard that communicates the whole route and for the
movie that shows the concept and opening of KWIEK in August 2013.

If you would like more information about KWIEK or are interested to implement a route in your neighborhood, please check www.kwiekbeweegroute.nl or contact me.

commissioned by: Gemeente Eindhoven, Capital D




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This event with care facility woon en zorghotel Heilig Hart, was part of the 'Oh my Buda project', Kortrijk (BE). The goal of the overall project was to give an impulse to the neighborhood and city to strengthen the connection between young visitors and elderly residents for the area around the Budafabric in Kortrijk.

During the 6 months process, we did 8 different events where the people of Kortrijk could express their needs, wishes and ideas through co-design methodology and tools that our team developed.

In this event the care takers and elderly of the Heilig Hart and disabled of nursing care center Pamele had a go on generating ideas about the public space around the Heilig Hart that might become a public garden.

Team: Hilde Bouchez (BE), Annelies Vaneycken (BE), Cindy van den Bremen (NL), Aline Nyrinck (BE), Pieter Michiels (BE).

commissioned by: PROUD Kortrijk, Designregio Kortrijk



A hand cart to facilitate co-design processes within the 'Oh my Buda project', Kortrijk (BE). The goal of the overall project was to give an impulse to the neighborhood and city to strengthen the connection between young visitors and elderly residents for the area around the Budafabric in Kortrijk.

During the 6 months process, we did 8 different events where the people of Kortrijk could express their needs, wishes and ideas through co-design methodology and tools that our team developed. This co-design hand cart was one of those events and tools.

Check the Oh My BUDA facebook page to get an idea about the process.

Team: Hilde Bouchez (BE), Annelies Vaneycken (BE), Cindy van den Bremen (NL), Aline Nyrinck (BE), Pieter Michiels (BE).

commissioned by: PROUD Kortrijk, Designregio Kortrijk

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What could be the future of the ‘new world of work’? (het nieuwe werken) The trend of a rapidly increasing number of freelancers is still growing, whether people chose for that or were forced to by dismissal. But how does this influence our working landscape?

In this project, I wrote a fictional scenario in which not just a big group, but literally everyone that works, is a freelancer. I wanted to think about what it could mean if we extend this current trend to extreme proportions.

The outcome is a visualisation of a fictional factory: 'The Commission Plant.' This big maquette is a conversation piece. A tool to stimulate and facilitate the dialogue about the consequences of the new world of work.

commissioned by: Gemeente Eindhoven, Yksi

The Commission Plant is for rent and for sale.
complete installation, comes with a wooden platform
edition: Unique piece
materials: balsa wood, cardboard
dimensions: 120w x 90d x 52h cm
price: on demand

single pieces (recreated)
edition: open edition
price: on demand


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“It is 2050. Under influence of the great depression of 2008-2017, we now have a working structure where everybody works independent as a freelancer. Big companies with permanent employees no longer exist. Everything that you could call work has become ‘a project’ that is undertaken by different freelancers each time, where the initiative for a project, changes continuously.
During the time of the great depression, freelancing looked like the solution for new economical growth. This way companies could avoid that large chunk of fixed costs that they were already spending, even if there wasn’t any work, which was the case most of the time.

Unfortunately the consequences of the decisions taken in that period are thrown back at us at full strength, the rise of the ‘über-individualists’. These are people that are not able to give direction to anything else than themselves. Anarchy, eat or be eaten. Nobody determines the direction and vision, which assignments are based on and our future is formed. The bigger picture disappears to the background and again society is on the verge of a next great depression.

To avoid this “The Commission Plant” is implemented. In this factory all the questions, problems, demands for services are collected and saved in a huge database. From this database all information is categorised and distributed to 27 different containers, according to the professions stated in the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO). All containers are interconnected to facilitate and stimulate cross-fertilization. Then all info is transported to the huge analysis tank. In here general ethics, global visions, values, different perspectives, etc. are added to connect the local with the global. After quite an intense process, assignments are generated, roll off the production line and are send to distributions channels. Groups and individuals perform ‘work’, which results in new demands, questions and issues that provide the plant with new feed.”

The goal in this co-design project was to help identify a shared aspiration and identity for the City Park site beyond Lancaster Castle and the Priory. And to explore the future potential of the site as inter-generational multi-use space.

Studio Lvwp designed event 1# of the project. The goal was to let the citizens of Lancaster know the 'Beyond the castle' project existed, that we needed their help and to get their first feelings, concerns and ideas about the site beyond the castle.

Team: Leon Cruickshank (UK), Gemma Coupe (UK), Dee Hennessy (UK), Andy Darby (UK), David Redmore (UK), Andy Walmsley (UK), Lotte van Wulfften Palthe (NL)

commissioned by: PROUD Lancaster, Imagination Lancaster

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Design Safari. A design safari shows a whole other perspective on the possible role of Public Libraries. The aim is to make library directors aware of the importance of their own curiosity, appreciation and imagination to think beyond the 'box' in the so badly needed innovation of the Public Library.

Edition 1# Gelderland
‘Eindhoven Public Library: de city as a library’
Edition 2# Overijssel
‘Eindhoven Public Library: Strijp as a library - Amateurs and Professionals’

A tour around the former industrial Philips area Strijp in Eindhoven for 25 library directors.

I.c.w. Florian de Visser

commissioned by: Public Library Gelderland and Overijssel

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Exhibition design of the stand of Stichting DOEN for OBJECT Rotterdam 2012.

Their participation was an experiment since they don't design themselves but support social design projects amongst others.

The 'DOEN concept storage' we created was a store/warehouse that mainly sold concepts. The seven projects on display were categorised and stored according to DOEN Foundation’s three pillars: Economy, Society & Nature. By altering an existing storage system, a 1930 vitrine and an old cash register, we tried to create a warehouse feeling. As if we could take a peek in DOEN Foundation’s archive of the last 20 years.

commissioned by: Stichting DOEN

photography by: Pim Top

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Exhibition design of the DOEN | Materiaalprijs, currently 'The New Material Award' in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2011.

The assignment was to focus on experiment and sustainability. We created the feel of a laboratory by designing research tables where all exhibitors could present their experiments. Next to that we created platforms to present their final designs.

The design was based on trestles used for brickwork which we just rented and returned afterwards. The woodwork was sold and re-used in new projects.

commissioned by: DOEN | Materiaalprijs

photography by: Peter Cox

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Design of the exhibition 'E’ven Schilderijen', a temporary collection of 50 paintings created by Eindhoven based artists in De Fabriek Eindhoven.

commissioned by: Willem Jan Renders (Manager public programs Van Abbemuseum)

photography by:
photo 1 > Unknown
photo 12, 13 > Vincent van den Hoogen
photo 2 t/m 11, 14 > Peter Cox


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This wall piece is part of the project 'The Arrangement of the Particles'.

This was a visual research where I dissected my former livingroom into giant parts like walls, floors and windows. By making these parts in various scales, materials and colours and assembling them differently, I tried to discover whatelse I could make with just these thirteen parts, besides the livingroom I know it for.

commissioned by: YOU ARE HERE conceptstore

Wall piece is for sale
edition: Unique piece
scale: 1:5
material: mdf, leather
dimensions: 230w x 230h cm
price: on demand


photography by:
photo 1, 2, 4 > Maartje van Wulfften Palthe
photo 3 > Patrick Meis


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3D collages are part of the project 'The Arrangement of the Particles'.

This was a visual research where I dissected my former livingroom into giant parts like walls, floors and windows. By making these parts in various scales, materials and colours and assembling them differently, I tried to discover whatelse I could make with just these thirteen parts, besides the livingroom I know it for.

commissioned by: Studio Lvwp

3D collages are for sale
Limited Edition: 50
In stock
Please send an email to info@lvwp.nl to place your order


'Different Perspective'
scale 1:50
material: lasercut cardboard and paper
dimensions: 36w x 59l x 6h cm
price: 230,- euro

'Exploded Axonometry'
scale 1:50
material: lasercut engraved cardboard
dimensions: 59w x 36l x 0,5h cm
price: 210,- euro

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1:50 Blocks is part of the project 'The Arrangement of the Particles'.

This was a visual research where I dissected my former livingroom into giant parts like walls, floors and windows. By making these parts in various scales, materials and colours and assembling them differently, I tried to discover whatelse I could make with just these thirteen parts, besides the livingroom I know it for.

commissioned by: Studio Lvwp

1:50 Blocks is for sale
The 26 blocks come in a classic wooden box with sliding lid
Price: 500,- euro
Not in stock, delivery on demand
Please send an email to info@lvwp.nl to place your order


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Design of the first exhibition of the 'Objects Presents' collective. Together with designer Eva Gevaert (De Intuïtiefabriek) we created a city where the 'characters' of this exhibition lived. Created for Dutch Design Week 2010.

commissioned by: Objects Presents

photography by: Khanh Ly

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This project was a visual research where I dissected my former livingroom into giant parts like walls, floors and windows. By making these parts in various scales, materials and colours and assembling them differently, I tried to discover whatelse I could make with just these thirteen parts, besides the livingroom I know it for.

commissioned by: Studio Lvwp

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A leather and felt curtain designed for the boardroom of the bkkc to create privacy between this room and the workplace.

commissioned by: bkkc

photography by: Maartje van Wulfften Palthe

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Installation / mini-exhibition created as part of the exhibition 'Ground' during Dutch Design Week 2009.

commissioned by: Studio Lvwp

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The interior animals Henry, Sofia and Fred form the second part of The possibilities of parts.




While making a book of the initial phase of my graduation research, I wondered.. Would the stories I created, hold ground in our world? I investigated this by enlarging one of the pictures in the book to life-size. The result is a kind of enormous 3D illustration. You can walk around in it, use it or just look at it. They feel a bit strange, these creatures, but endearing. Oh, they are a lamp (Henry), a cabinet (Fred) and a pouffe (Sofia) by the way.. ;-)

Graduation work

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Opening text book 'The Possibilites of Parts'.
This visual research led to a methodology to design.

"The most delightful moment is actually just before the ‘building’ starts. At this point the table is still filled with opportunities and all the objects are merely parts. Just by putting these parts together in a certain way, a whole world comes into being! Every time these assemblies are altered, a new world arises. It is the same as with words: putting them in a different order creates not only another sentence but also a new story.

For this project I used my personal collection: parts I have collected through the years. It consists of self-made models as well as bought and found objects, and materials. The 3-D collages I built with them, were a way to give myself new perspectives on objects that had not been created for the story they now have become part of.

This book suggests. It is filled with proposals and alternatives on how to approach your surroundings and the things in it. Maybe it is a first step towards an open mind filled with fantasy, being secretly amused and chuckle to oneself about the found stories only you can see."


Graduation work

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