Exhibition ‘Designing Scarcity – Design and Innovation in Times of Scarcity’ (28 June–30 August 2014), curated by Jan Boelen, showcases strategies used by designers and users to find novel solutions in the face of limitation.
Urban planning projects, buildings, interior objects and consumer goods in ‘Designing Scarcity – Design and Innovation in Times of Scarcity’ exhibition show that shortages don’t have to constrain creativity: quite the contrary.
Alongside contemporary work by designers such as Atelier Van Lieshout and Formafantasma, the exhibition at The New Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, features historical designs by the likes of architects Gerrit Rietveld, J.J.P. Oud, and Van den Broek en Bakema. Master’s students from the Design Academy Eindhoven have contributed contemporary proposals that respond to the idea of scarcity, taking inspiration from objects in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archive.