David Graas (Haarlem, The Netherlands) studied product design at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. Since 2004 he works as an independent product designer. Investigating the relationship between functional objects and their users, how these objects are valued and why. Aiming to prolong the lifespan of his designs in an era where the cycle of fashion spins ever faster. Not caring much for "pretty things", his focus lies with ideas rather than style. Counter attacking the love/hate relationship for the design field with intelligence and humour. 

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


Shows / Exhibitions / Lectures / Projects



2014
  • 3d, Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam
  • The Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Paper Art & Design, Dutch Design Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam
  • Discardboard, Edinburgh, Scotland

2013
  • 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

2012
  • 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 

2011
  • 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

2010

  • "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

2009
 
  • "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

2008
 
  • “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

2007

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


Commissions

  • 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