Tim van der Loo
(Post consumer) Material - Product designer
Tim van der Loo is a material and product designer – based in Berlin, born in the Netherlands – using post consumer resources to develop new surfaces and structures. Even though his main concern is sustainability, he cares about bringing a contemporary aesthetic to recycled materials. His works are reflections of a playful approach to the function and matter of objects for everyday use. The methodology used in his practice is to work with waste as a resource.
Tim van der Loo takes two perspectives; working with craft, enabling independency with DIY tools, machines and techniques and working with the industry, meaning to collaborate, translate and to develop user items for bigger scale. Working within industry is set out not to design something new but to redesign the material that was wasted before and keep it out of being wasted.
Co - founder hands.on.matter - 2018 – now (part-time)
Hands.on.matter unfolds the potentials of novel as well as traditional materials and production techniques as an outset for questioning resource use, consumption, sustainability and material culture of our current time. Through material workshops, talks and collaborative projects hands.on.matter seeks to push forward sustainable practices in the field of art and design
Workshop manager/designer Textilhafen (Komm und Sieh gGmbh) - 2019 – 2020
The local system of donated second-hand clothing is put under a loop at Textilhafen. With its transparent sorting system, the employees are searching for suitable clothing to donate to the homeless of Berlin. Big amounts of clothing are leftover because they no not fit the requirements. Textilhafen is organising events, talks and workshops to create new visions and use the leftover second-hand clothing by giving it new value with reusing, upcycling and recycling.
M.A. - kunsthochschule berlin weißensee, DE | Textile and Surface design - 2017 – 2019
B.A. - Design Academy Eindhoven, NL | Man and Living - 2012 – 2016
2020 Nov. - New Blue - Awarded for the German federal ecodesign Award in the category of young talent.
2020 Sept. - The Mattress Bag - First prize with the design competition MESH UP organised by Wilmersdorfer Arcaden (Shopping centre), Berlin
Exhibitions and workshops:
2020/Oct. | Exhibition (Digital) - New Blue with DesignFarm Berlin at Dutch Design Week 2020 - Realities: How can it be different? - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2020/Oct. | Exhibition (Digital) - New Blue and Square Loom Weaving with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Germany, Berlin at Dutch Design Week 2020 - All Good(s) - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2020/Sept. | Exhibition - New Blue – feldfünf e.V. - Projekträume im Metropolenhaus Berlin/Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin e. V. (IDZ) Bundespreis Ecodesign Austellung zur Jurysitzung / Exhibition for the jury meeting 2020 - Berlin, Germany
2019/Nov. | Exhibition - New Blue - MEK (Museum für Europaïscher Kulturen) Fast Fashion: Die Schattenseiten der Mode | kunsthochschule berlin weißensee - Berlin, Germany
2019/Nov. | Workshop - The Paper Waste Workshop - HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) Hamburg, Germany
2019/Feb. | Exhibition - New Blue - hands.on.matter - Re/Upcycling Textile - Berlin, Germany
2018/Nov. | Workshop - The Paper Waste Workshop - Palast der Projekte/Lars Zimmermann, Fichtelgebirge grundschule, Berlin, Germany
2018/Jun. | Workshop/Exhibition - The Paper Waste Workshop - Open Source days Euref Campus, Berlin, Germany
2018/May | Exhibition - The Paper Waste Workshop - l’Atelier, Berlin, Germany
2016/Oct. | Exhibition - Fragmented Luster - Dutch Design Week - Graduation Show Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2020 | Department of Culture and Communication of the Netherlands Embassy in Germany - Recipes for the Future - Project: Written and visual contribution. Publisher: Onomatopee, NL, ISBN: 978-94-93148-41-3
2020 | 30.05.20 Tagesspiegel (newspaper) - Nie wieder Kleidung wegwerfen: Tim van der Loo macht aus alten Jeans neue - Project: Article in the newspaper, interview about the project New Blue
2020 | 01.04.20 Forscher Magazine/Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - Bioplastik selber machen in Forscher Magazine #1 2020 - Project: Educational article with instructions making DIY bioplastic.
2019 | hands.on.matter - Notes from a series of material workshops - Project: Process and visuals of the project New Blue
2016 | Graduation catalogue - In need of… , Design Academy Eindhoven - Project: Project description about graduation project Fragmented Luster
Grants & scholarships:
2020 DesignFarmBerlin scholarship with New Blue
2019 DAAD Abschluss Förderung with New Blue