photo: Lennard Heijer
From October 2017 Ineke Hans is professor Design in Social Context
Our world rapidly changes and with it the position of the designer.
This position is more and more that of a hybrid who works in many different contexts: varying from mass produced industrial work, digital produced, or handmade and craft related products, to working for contract or domestic markets, or projects with communities that all have specific social impacts on global or local levels.
Products and solutions need to be clever and connect to all kinds of realities. For that deep knowledge of the context you operate in is needed with an understanding of the strategies, politics and history that are part of it to operate in it successfully.
Design in Social Context explores these realities and prepares designers to be actively engaged in future design processes.
Ineke Hans (NL) set up her studio in the Netherlands in 1998 after studying Product Design at ArtEZ Arnhem and graduating with an MA in Furniture Design from the Royal College of Art in London.
STUDIO | INEKEHANS designs industrial furniture and products as well as handmade items produced in smaller batches for leading manufacturers. Next to that they work on exhibitions and architectural commissions and explore new design strategies.
Ineke started off by initiating furniture and product collections herself, still sold via INEKEHANS | COLLECTION today.
In 2015 she moved back to the UK to set up INEKEHANS | SALON. With round table conversations between designers, manufacturers, retailers, curators, writers and thinkers from the field of design she explored the future of furniture design and the changing position of the designer.
For full cv: see and publications: see
STUDIO – www.inekehans.com
COLLECTION – www.inekehans.com/collection
SALON – www.inekehans.com/salon