Colombian designer presents its project in the Dutch Design Week

Diseñador colombiano presenta su proyecto en la Semana del Diseño


The Dutch Design Week, one of the most important fairs in the creative arts in Europe, was held between 20 and 28 October 2018. The Embassy of Colombia to the Netherlands was present accompanying Colombian designer, Simón Ballen, who presented his graduation project “Golden Soil” of the Eindhoven Design Academy.

Ballen explores the potential of creating glass design pieces by using waste products of gold mining such as the jaguar in the town of Marmato in Colombia. This is a social inclusive proposal for the Marmato community enhance knowledge as a way for empowerment by building a glass-oven using molds from the surrounding area. The results offer different social and economic benefits to the local community.

He has experience working with the Inuit crafts in Greenland, Sami beliefs in Finland and the traditional dress of Marken in the Netherlands, among others.

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