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press release saved by droog. Amsterdam, March 30th, 2010

Droog presents during Salone del Mobile in Milan: 5135 items saved from liquidation sales and other leftovers Every month about 500 companies in the Netherlands go bankrupt. Where do their products go? In the past several months we have been bidding on liquidation auction items ranging from handkerchiefs to dog baskets. We acquired 5135 items—1 water cooler, 1 dining table, 2 bar stools, 4 metal trays, 6 wooden trays, 8 mirrors, 10 small bowl sets, 11 cups, 14 dog baskets, 20 dish towels, 40 glass vases, 50 safety vests, 60 sets of cutlery, 80 folding chairs, 90 flower pots, 100 candy pots, 102 wooden spoons, 168 plates of glass, 200 saltshakers, 448 wallets, 500 matchboxes, 720 cola glasses, and 2500 handkerchiefs. Having invited 14 designers to consider these items as raw material for creative re-interpretation, the result is a new collection of 19 products, with outcomes ranging from folding chairs manicured by nail artists, to handkerchiefs that distribute selected daily news articles, to spoons with non-edible yet mouthwatering coatings. A pragmatic starting point with surprising outcomes, the presentation celebrates the re-use potential of leftovers as a valid approach to product design and development. All items will be immediately available for sale in editions dictated by the limited liquidation lot quantities. Get them before they are gone! Revivers: Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Atelier Ted Noten, Ed Annink, Eric Klarenbeek, Erna Einarsdóttir, Luc d’Hanis & Sofie Lachaert, Maison Martin Margiela, Marian Bantjes, Marije Vogelzang, Mieke Gerritzen, Minale–Maeda, Roelof Mulder, Stefan Sagmeister, Studio Makkink & Bey April 14th –18th Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 21:00 Sunday 11:00 - 19:00 Via Alserio 22, Milan, 20159, Italy Public transportation MM2 Garibaldi station MM3 Zara station 3 – 4 – 70 Via Farnini-Alserio 11 – 7 Via Ugo Bassi 82 – 5 P. Le Lagosta Live on Twitter @droogamsterdam @renny10 Daily updates www.droog.com/blog To schedule an interview contact press@droog.com +31(0)20 523 5050 High resolution images will be available for download at www.droog.com/press/

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press release Glass arrangement A still life centrepiece ready to host your edibles. Designer: Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen Material: various glassware + glue Lot: #1588-803/808 (168 plates of glass), #6357 (100 candy pots) , #5500 (40 glass vases)

Biography: Tejo Remy works as a product, interior and public space designer together with Rene Veenhuizen in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Considering “everything as material,” Remy and Veenhuizen incorporate existing information, circumstances, or found goods into new situations, often bringing in more social contact or, telling the story of a particular place. They transform the familiar, yet the feeling remains. Having collaborated with Droog since its inception with the 1991 classics Chest of drawers, Rag Chair and Milk bottle lamps, Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen has reached international acclaim. The atelier’s commissioners and exhibitors include Museum of Art and Design in New York, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in New York, MoMA in New York, Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, ACME Gallery in Los Angeles and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. www.remyveenhuizen.nl

Three stars bomb! Get ready for a three-star-performance! Ignite this bomb (don’t worry, it’s safe) and watch three bronze stars appear. A typical Atelier Ted Noten piece of democratic jewellery—from now on, anyone can become a general. Designer: Atelier Ted Noten Material: matches + wax, wick, bronze Lot: #2439 (500 matchboxes)

Biography: Ted Noten was born in 1956 in Tegelen, the Netherlands. He was a bricklayer, a nurse in a psychiatric hospital and a traveller prior to studying at the Academy for Applied Arts in Maastricht, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and becoming a senior Research Fellow at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, England. Ted is now an internationally renowned Amsterdam-based jewellery designer whose work has been exhibited and purchased for public and private collections all over the world, including at the Museum for Arts and Design of NYC, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Gallery Deux Poissons in Tokyo, amongst others. He has been awarded with the Françoise van den Bosch Prize in 2008, the Harrie Tillie Award from the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts in 2003 and his Tiara design for Dutch Crown princes Maxima won the first prize in 2002. In 2006 his monograph CH2=C(CH3)C(=O)OCH3 and other TN’s published by 010 won Best Dutch Book Designs. Since 2005, Atelier Ted Noten has extended its exclusive jewellery creations towards (interior) design projects, installations and commissions for both private collectors, cultural organisations and art institutions. www.tednoten.com

Fun-for-dogs trolley Dogs are there to serve us? Sled dogs, guard dogs, hunting dogs, dogs for the blind… But what happens when our functional friends need a little help from us? This trolley helps all kinds of dogs—tired ones, old ones, disabled ones, blind or deaf ones. Roll one behind you and let him watch the rabbits. Arf! Designer: Ed Annink Material: dog basket + steel frame, wheels, straps Lot: #2967 / #2968 / #2956 (14 dog baskets)

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press release Onno, Ed, Ms. Teaspoon and the King of Gold Onno, Ed, Ms. Teaspoon and the King of Gold are part of a fairy tale, in which Onno, the spoon sometimes becomes a candle holder, Ed, the knife transforms into a little mirror for the eyes, Ms. Teaspoon, the little spoon becomes an icon for tools, and King of Gold, the fork with golden teeth. Who says you shouldn’t play at the table? Designer: Ed Annink Material: stainless steel cutlery + 24 karat gold plating, cotton cord Lot: #1588-34 / #1588-36 / #1588-37 (60 sets of cutlery)

Biography: Ed Annink is a product designer, curator and teacher. His products are on the international consumer market under such labels as Driade, Authentics, Royal VKB, Purple South, Kwantum and Nexus computers. On his initiative, books are published, exhibitions are organized and archives of our cultural heritage are made accessible to the public. One of his most recent projects is Design Den Haag 2010— 2018, a ten-year program focusing on design and government in Europe. Annink will create the exhibition program for the first edition in 2010 (in Den Haag and Berlin). Ed Annink is co-owner and creative director of Ontwerpwerk, a multidisciplinary design office in Amsterdam and Den Haag. www.ontwerpwerk.nl

Roll-on scent An honest perfume bottle for synthetic-free masculine, feminine and ‘the odd one out’ perfume. Roll the marble over your skin. Designer: Eric Klarenbeek Material: saltshaker + glass ball, shrink wrap, natural perfume (alcohol, all natural oils from plants, herbs and seeds) Masculine: sandalwood, patchouli, nutmeg, bergamot, angelica, cinnamon Feminine: tuberose, lemon mint, rosewood, benzoin, mandarin, orange, honey The odd one out: unrevealed ingredients Lot: #2447 (200 salt shakers)

Biography: Eric Klarenbeek (Amsterdam 1978) graduated in 2003 at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since then he has designed for clients such as Davidoff, Droog, Moooi, Studio Makkink & Bey, the city of Amsterdam and the province Gelderland, while teaching at the Art Academy Enschede. His projects have been exhibited and published extensively, and ‘The Floating Light Project’ was rewarded with ‘De Willie Wortel Prijs’, the award for innovative design at The Design Academy Eindhoven, and honoured for the Apartprize 2006. Eric Klarenbeek does special projects, or let’s say the unusual, for unusual people, projects or purposes. His studio connects creatives, designers, local crafts and clients by inventing new projects and products and believing our world can be so much better, more beautiful and honest. “My work is characterized by interaction and innovation. My products can be in motion, react on our presence or respond on developments in our society. I search for new meaning and principles in objects, for unexplored connections between materials, production methods, makers and users. Scale and appliance are irrelevant. I’ve designed jewellery, but also developed concepts to connect tourists to local craftsmen”, says Eric. www.ericklarenbeek.com

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press release Knotted scarf Dish towels have been dyed and knotted into a scarf. Designer: Erna Einarsdóttir Material: cotton dish towels + dye, cotton fabric Lot: #5064 (20 dish towels)

Biography: Erna Einarsdóttir was born in 1984 in Iceland, where she grew up. From an early age she was interested in clothing, fashion, fashion magazines and design. Following a short study in fashion merchandising in San Diego, California, she enrolled in Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where she got her BFA in Fashion design in 2009, participating in Lichting’09 with her graduation collection. She was featured in Blend and AvantGarde as one of Holland’s emerging fashion talents and chosen by ITEMS magazine as one of the top graduates of 2009. Currently she is studying MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and is expected to graduate in 2011. The focus of her work lies in the manipulation of textiles, either by creating her own from scratch or re-designing old fabrics. www.ernaeinars.com

Sad hanky Innocence is lost as peaceful scenes are hit with a sombre reality. Designer: Luc d’Hanis & Sofie Lachaert Material: handkerchief + silkscreen print Lot: #4224 (1500 handkerchiefs)

XX Chair Two chairs brought together, just to make things a little easier. Designer: Luc d’Hanis & Sofie Lachaert Material: chairs + paint Lot: #1593-783 (2 chairs)

Biography: Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis are working together for almost 20 years. ‘Sharing’ is the thread which runs through their work: from one chair for two people, jewellery with a double use, a two-part bottle, coins with an extra value... to a secret invitation to share a bed. Both their jewellery and objects, and their installations and furniture interrogate the boundaries between design and the visual arts. With small, subtle interventions Luc and Sofie give everyday objects a new significance. www.lachaert.com

Moustache guard Care for some Victorian elegance with your cup of coffee? This cup addition was inspired by the original 19th century moustache guard invented by Englishman Harvey Adams. A call for the return of the moustache! Designer: Maison Martin Margiela Material: ceramic cups + silver Lot: #PH09-378 (11 cups)

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press release Biography: After his graduation from the Royal Academy of Antwerp in 1979, Martin Margiela founded Maison Martin Margiela in 1988. Often referred to as iconoclastic, avant-garde and experimental, the Maison expresses its creativity through recycling, transformation and reinterpretation - like an emotion, a unique and timeless proposal defying all laws and rules. The collections gather 13 lines of products: from the “work of art� to the timeless classics, from the avant-garde accessories to the casual clothes, each of them complementing one another to compose a whole universe, way beyond a mere style. The Maison is often considered as a reference and a major influence by the world of design, art and fashion. www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Manicured chair Folding chairs manicured by nail artists bring their delicacy, precision and utmost care to a new purpose. Designer: Marian Bantjes Material: wooden folding chair + nail polish, varnish Lot: #1512-2682 (80 folding chairs)

Read before you eat table A personal message from Marian Bantjes to your table. Designer: Marian Bantjes Material: dining table + laser cut, varnish Lot: #1593-759 (1 dining table)

Biography: Marian Bantjes has been variously described as a typographer, designer, artist and writer. Working from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, her personal, obsessive and sometimes strange graphic work has brought her international recognition. Following her interests in complexity and structure, Marian is known for her custom typography, detailed and lovingly precise vector art, her obsessive hand work, her patterning and ornament. Her work has been published in books and magazines around the world, and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian) in New York. In 2008, she was accepted as a member of the prestigious international design organization, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). www.bantjes.com

Mouth-watering spoon A wooden spoon with a mouth-watering coating, invented by eating designer Marije Vogelzang. It’s for stirring, not for eating! Designer: Marije Vogelzang Material: wooden spoon + silicone Lot: #2442 (102 wooden spoons)

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press release Biography: Marije Vogelzang knows all about the magic of food design. Food is not just the things lying on your plate, but also the atmosphere, the sound, the people you’re with, the story behind the ingredients. It’s about using all your senses. Marije designs food concepts with her own company named ‘Proef’ based in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. Besides working with Droog, she was assigned to a lot of projects with, for example, Li Edelkoort, Axis Gallery Tokyo, Philips, Marlies Dekkers, Performa09 New York. Marije is also passing her knowledge through giving lectures about eating design all over the world. Already two books were published Eat Love by BIS and The Lunchboxbook by Snor. www.marijevogelzang.nl , www.proefamsterdam.nl

Beware of software vest These vests warn the wearer of an environment increasingly composed of information. The danger in a media-centric environment is a failure to distinguish fact from fiction, objects from media, software from culture. Designer: Mieke Gerritzen with text by Geert Lovink Material: polyester safety vest + transfer print Lot: #2914 (50 safety vests)

Biography: Mieke Gerritzen (1962) was born in Amsterdam and is director at the Graphic Design Museum in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1987, she was one of the first creative people involved in the development of digital media in the Netherlands in the early nineties. Currently, she makes films, books and organizes public events, creating networks with many different designers, writers and artists. Mieke Gerritzen has received many prizes and gives lectures and presentations worldwide. www.all-media.info, www.graphicdesignmuseum.com

Wannabe mirror Glorify yourself and your surroundings by looking into this mirror. Designer: Minale - Maeda Material: mirror + plastic, coloured film Lot: #2859 (8 mirrors)

Biography: Japanese born Kuniko Maeda graduated in science of design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Italian born, German raised Mario Minale graduated in Industrial Design at the University of Wuppertal. After receiving their IM Master degrees at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2005, they joined to establish MinaleMaeda in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Living in a melting pot with their intercultural backgrounds gives the duo a broad perspective on material culture. Earlier work for Droog includes the Red Blue Lego Chair, Touch Wood and Chroma Key. www.minale-maeda.com

Thirsty glasses Special ornamentation and real piercings turn these three thirsty couples into jewels for drinking. Aren’t they charming? Designer: Roelof Mulder Material: glass + jewels, transfer Lot: #2768 (720 Cola glasses)

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press release Biography: Roelof Mulder is a multidisciplinary artist, operating in the field of graphic, type, interior and exhibition design. He studied fine art at the Academy in Arnhem and design at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Roelof’s graphic and editorial work includes magazines such as Forum and Frame, and books for Droog, MVRDV architects, Marcel Wanders, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, E&Y, and artists Yasumasa Yonehara and Marlene Dumas. Roelof also did campaign work for fashion brands such as Takeo Kikuchi and Diesel, various exhibition and communication work for incubator Platform21, and stamps for the Royal Dutch Post. Recently, the University of Amsterdam library interior he designed in collaboration with with Bureau Ira Koers was awarded with The Great Indoors Award. Roelof also was the first recipient of the Rotterdam Design Prize. He’s always curious, never afraid, and thinks that imagination has no limits. www.roelofmulder.com

Happy wallet A reminder that the joy of instant credit can turn to sorrow. Designer: Stefan Sagmeister Material: wallet + gold imprint Lot: #283 (448 wallets)

Biography: Sagmeister Inc. is a multidisciplinary design company based in New York. Over the last 15 years we designed integrated branding projects across a wide spectrum of platforms including campaigns and publications within the worlds of culture, science and philanthropy. We aim to touch the heart of the viewer and interject an emotional component into visual communication. As a recipient of the National Design Award, 2 Grammys and most international design prizes we are also happy that five of our posters are currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. www.sagmeister.com

Daily handkerchief 1000 handkerchiefs are ready to be embroidered with selected articles from 30 days of news. Pick the news you want to keep in you pocket. Designer: Studio Makkink & Bey Material: handkerchiefs + digital print, thread, needle Lot: #4217 (1000 handkerchiefs)

Biography: Droog’s collaboration with Dutch designer Jurgen Bey started in the early nineties and resulted in the design of, amongst others, Kokon furniture, Treetrunk bench and St. Petersburg chair for the Droog collection. Born in Soest, the Netherlands in 1965, Jurgen Bey is one of the most renowned Dutch designers. He studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and has since run studios independently or in collaboration with others, while teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven in previous years, and currently, at the Royal College of Art in London. Bey’s work includes product, furniture, interior and public space design, and is produced by his studio, or by companies such as Droog, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Moooi. Bey is known as a critical designer, driven to understand the world and to question it in a unique manner. He has been awarded the 2005 Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Award, the 2005 Harrie Tillie Award from Stedelijk Museum, Roermond and the Interior Award 2003 from Lensvelt/de Architect, for his meeting room for the Interpolis company. In 2002 Bey formed Studio Makkink & Bey with Rianne Makkink. Working together and supported by a design team, they analyze content and search for the relation of things and their users. In their words, “town planning, architecture and landscape architecture are indissolubly connected to products and can be in symbiosis; the lamp has influenced architecture and the built home the products for the interior.” www.studiomakkinkbey.nl

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press release 100 blue containers A special treatment to the items that were not selected by a designer. Material: ceramic, metal or wood container + flock coating Lot: #3294 (90 flower pots), #1593-90/97 (6 grey wooden trays), #PH09-378 (4 metal trays)

About us: Droog started in 1993 as a statement on design, a no-nonsense, down to earth design mentality. Our unique way of thinking has defined us as a conceptual design company over the last 16 years, and has played a role in defining Dutch design internationally. Droog values what it means to be human, including subjectivity, notions of beauty and meaning, and desire for high quality experiences at the core of what we do. Droog stands for a luxury of content and experience that change perspective on daily life—whether it is authenticity, humour, slowness, engagement, or nature, the abundance of what is scarce is true luxury. Co-founded and directed by art historian and critic, Renny Ramakers, Droog has worked with renowned designers such as Jurgen Bey, Tejo Remy, Marcel Wanders, Martí Guixé, NEXT architects, Arnout Visser, Tjep, Joris Laarman and Richard Hutten, producing products, projects, exhibitions and events that have been extensively published and collected by museums all over the world. Amsterdam is home to our flagship store and office, where we operate the Creative agency, the Lab and the Factory & outlet. We also have a store in New York and in Tokyo, and distribution throughout the world. www.droog.com

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