For the third time, Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines for the Designers in Residence Kortrijk program 2016. During a working residence of 3 months (September to December 2016), the three selected designers have the unique opportunity to work together on the various themes of: open source, machines, making processes and community driven production processes, as exemplified by The Precious Plastic Project of Dave Hakkens.

The jury, consisting of Joost Vanhecke (Biennale Interieur), Ronald Bastiaens (Howest), Peter Pollet (Budalab), Kris Dekeyzer (Designregio Kortrijk) and Lise Van Tendeloo (Designregio Kortrijk and coordinator of the project) had the difficult task to select the final 3 designers out of the 51 entries from all over the world. In addition, they took into account the following criteria: the designer is recently graduated, is a team player, has manual skills and is internationally oriented. Sofie Katharina Kraus (Germany), Guillaume Morillon (France) and Catherine Oldershaw (USA) were selected.

For more information, please contact Lise Van Tendeloo, or 0032 56 51 91 83.

Katharina Sofie Kraus (DE) is a german designer recently graduated from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden with an MFA in Spatial Design. She dedicated her master studies to research and practice in material innovation and experimental manufacturing processes, crossing the lines between interior architecture and industrial design. Her work is mainly driven by questions evolving around environmental issues and the urge to explore sustainable alternatives to existing norms. Further, she has a great interest in craftsmanship and a hands-on practice that involves interdisciplinary co-creators.

Guillaume Morillon (FR), a French designer graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven. After a degree in retail design in Paris in 2009, he wanted to open up his vision on design. He moved to the Netherlands where he learned to tackle design problems in a different way. By following hands-on workshops on materials and shapes, he develop his ideas. Shortly after graduating, he began working in a manufacturing and prototyping workshop in Rotterdam where he wanted to broaden his technical knowledge. In his work he often uses vivid colors and a variety of intriguing materials that are the result of many experiments, to the product that he designed to give a unique and distinct identity.

As an Interaction Designer with a background in Anthropology, Catherine Oldershaw (USA) is passionate about designing in a way that engages communities and explores future scenarios. She believes that the best design comes from asking challenging questions and critically observing the world. When Catherine is not making in the studio, she is usually consuming a completely unsustainable volume of books, notebooks, and espresso.

The Budafabriek and the BUDA::lab Open Makerspace are the two inspirational locations in Kortrijk (Belgium) where the designers will create, work and live.
Budalab is a public workspace where designers, makers, children, individuals, students and schools can create, take workshops, meet, challenge and inspire each other. Through a wide range of analogue and digital equipment, we bring people together from different sectors and disciplines to make synergies.
The Budalab is run by a community of volunteers in collaboration with Designregio Kortrijk.