Joris Laarman Lab is an experimental playground set up to shape the future. It tinkers with craftsmen, scientists, engineers and many other motivated people. They want to add cultural meaning to technological progress and show the beauty of how things could work. Using a hands on approach, these innovative Dutch designers create objects and installations full of content that bear a promise and eventually contribute. Most manufacturing of their experimental work is done in-house since they refuse to believe things can’t be done. They aim to develop and design industrial, and where possible open source translations of these in collaboration with companies like Flos, Vitra, Swarovski, Droog, Jaga and more.
The lab was set up in 2004 by Joris Laarman and partner and film maker Anita Star. Both born in 1979, and grew up in the rural countryside of the Netherlands. In 1998 after one year of fine arts Joris attended the Design Academy Eindhoven and graduated cum laude in 2003. He gained first notoriety with his functional rococo radiator heatwave that was first picked up by Droog and now also produced by Jaga. He contributed in articles and seminars for Domus magazine and he was a guest teacher at European universities like the Architectural Association London, Rietveld academy Amsterdam and the DAE. During her study film and documentary Anita joined forces in 2004 to set up a production house where anything can be created. Wall Street Journal Magazine recently announced its inaugural Innovator of the Year Awards, honoring designer Joris Laarman: