contemplation spaces | room 2402 - DDW 2017

Lex Hildenbrant

Commonplace Studio

Studio van Broekhoven



During Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2017, the first edition of Contemplation Spaces will take place in the just recent opened Student Hotel in Dutch Design Week’s hometown Eindhoven. Located in the vibrating city-centre (next to Eindhoven Central Station), these Contemplation Spaces will function as a perfect getaway from DDW's hustle and bustle. Allow your senses to be stimulated by a fine selection of art, design, sound, tactility, and also by the use of scent, to immediately put you in a different mindstate.

Contemplation Spaces function as spots that allow you to disconnect yourself from your daily life and mind. Due to distinct and unique features of selected objects and installations, you consider yourself in a world of its own. This one of a kind atmosphere is enhanced by water-themed installations, the usage of a variety of tactile materials, and matching fragrances and audio to create the best experience possible.

Contemplation Spaces is initiated by Justine Kontou. To execute this concept, she collaborated with architect Lex Hildenbrant, psychologist Florijn Vriend and a wide selection of twenty designers and artists. Research has been done on existing scientific studies that focus on the stress-reducing effects of art, light, sound and (references) to nature. By doing so, the team created the epitome of a mind state-changing experience, all put together on just a couple of square meters. You’ll especially find that elements by the likes of sea and water are intertwined with almost every aspect of the different Contemplation Spaces. Due to the sequence of different spheres in these spaces, visitors will feel, hear, see and perceive new things on an ongoing matter to achieve new insights and impressions. The goal is to encourage visitors to be attentive, to give their minds a chance to take a step back and wander freely. To realize renewed creative headspace, new insights, new impressions and introspection.

During this first pilot at The Student Hotel based in Eindhoven, everyone is invited to experience the Contemplation Spaces themselves. Visitors’ feedback will be collected and used for further conceptual development, to eventually create permanent Contemplation Spaces. These permanent locations could be hotels, workspaces but also healthcare facilities or residential communities.
The final goal is that as many people as possible can one day benefit from the stress reductive effects of art and design. Also, these Contemplation Spaces mark a whole new business model for participating designers and artists.

Contemplation Spaces seeks public support via crowdfunding

To finance its experimental launch and research during DDW 2017, Contemplation Spaces will open up to public funding on September 6, 2017 via a crowdfunding campaign hosted by Contemplation Spaces is the result of a deep collaboration between artists, designers, and scientists who believe in the importance of creating healthier, more peaceful spaces to balance out the stressors presented by modern living. As a work of passion, the project is unpaid, yet requires significant time and money to bring to fruition. Visit this link before the 4th of October to donate and pass on the word!

CONTEMPLATION SPACES | ROOM 2402 includes works by:

Nacho Carbonell, Alissa + Nienke, Studio Sabine Marcelis & Brit van Nerven, Albert Lieuwe, Commonplace Studio, Charlotte Jonckheer, Aliki van der Kruijs, Studio Ricky van Broekhoven, Pleunie Buyink, Studio Thier & van Daalen, OS & OOS, Teresa van Dongen, Lensvelt x Caroline Prisse, Lensvelt X Atelier van Lieshout, Studio Sybrandy, Enrichers, Tijdmakers. 

Thanks to: BKKC, Provincie Noord-Brabant, BankGiro Loterij, The Student Hotel, Sizzer Amsterdam, Philips Lighting en FaberExposize

See also the website of Dutch Design Week: