David Graas (1970) studied product design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Since 2004 he works as an independent designer. His work explores the relationship between products and their users, how these products are valued and why. He sees himself as a guerrilla designer, fighting in a peaceful way the current industrial model. Hacking the system that produces only mass produced products, that are the same everywhere, with no character and no durability. And proposing an alternative that is more elegant and gives back control to the people using these products. 

His work was featured in numerous international publications and has been showcased in exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Osaka and Moscow. In 2013 David Graas founded the 3D printing label LAYERS (www.layersindesign.com).

Check out the interview for IdN magazine for Graas's take on the subject of Eco design.

Shows / Exhibitions / Lectures / Projects

  • 3D, Printing the future, MOSI, Manchester, UK
  • YouFab Global Creative Award, finalist presentation, FabCafe, Tokyo, Japan
  • 3D Lab, 3d printing masterclass program for visual artist, in cooperation with David van der Veldt and Eric van Straaten, commisioned by gemeente Haarlem and 37PK, www.3d-lab.org
  • 3d, Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam
  • The Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Paper Art & Design, Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam
  • Discardboard, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • WIRED Store, New York, USA
  • DepARTmentSTORE, Utrecht
  • Dutch Design Freak, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven 
  • ZIT!, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
  • Paperworks, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
  • Future of home living, New York, USA
  • Fachpack, Nuremberg, Germany

  • On the road, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven 
  • Jurymember, competition for cardboard seating object organized by the SPOT Foundation, Poznan, Poland
  • Meet the makers, lecture on design practice and process, KOP, Breda
  • Poznan Fan Zone, consulting the organization of the Euro 2012 soccer championships on sustainable design, Poznan, Poland
  • It's a wrap, KOP, Breda
  • Knock on wood, ToolsGalerie, Paris
  • Lecture about sustainable design for students in Interior Architecture, Minerva Academy, Groningen 

  • 10 makers / 10 stages, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven 
  • Week van het ontwerpen, Kortrijk, Belgium in cooperation with De Invasie
  • "A family of objects", DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, in cooperation with Ioana Corduneanu


  • "My design is très eco, because...", lectures and design competition for students and young professionals in Bucharest and Cluj, Romenia, in cooperation with Ioana Corduneanu
  • Living&Design, Osaka, Japan, concept, design and curating of the stand of the Dutch Consulate of Osaka
  • Cardboard masterclass and workshops for students and young professionals in design, architecture and fine art. At the invitation of the Dutch Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia
  • "The noble art of improvisation", lecture during the Ekomotiv festival, Gent, Belgium

  • "Paper, Plastic, Fabric"", Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
  • "Extra Ordinary", exhibition at Liefhertje en de Grote Witte Reus, Den Haag
  • “Karton, een duurzaam alternatief?”, lecture for O2 Nederland, Den Haag
  • “Maak ons land”, participation in the exhibition by Nederlands Architectuur Instituut (NAI), Rotterdam
  • “Into Dutch design”, participation in the exhibition by Uniquole, Stockholm, Sweden

  • “New Dutch Design Via Moscow”, participation in the exhibition by Uniquole, Moskou, Russia
  • "Strijp X", group presentation during the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
  • "From ordinary to extra-ordinary", Lecture and workhop at the International Industrial Design Symposium, University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Lecture about the design practice, for students design and fashion, HKU, Utrecht


  • Nomination Finish It Yourself for the Dutch Design Awards
  • IMM furniture fair, Cologne, Germany


  • TNT
  • Triodos Bank
  • Cor Unum
  • Philips
  • Senter Novem
  • Van den Biesen Boesveld Advocaten
  • Latin Sisters Design Productions
  • Dutch Embassy of Skopje, Macedonia
  • Dutch Consulate of Osaka, Japan
  • Geschenk Met Verhaal

Selection of publications