photo: Lennard Heijer
From October 2017 Ineke Hans is professor Design in Social Context (ID2) at UdK
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 and domestic markets as well as on community projects.
Working in each context has specific social impacts on global or local levels and to realise products, projects and solutions that are clever these have to connect to all kinds of realities. To operate successfully deep knowledge of the context that you work in is needed with an understanding of the strategies, politics and history that are part of it.
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 and special communities. 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. In 2017 she wrapped the London Salons up with several events and a pamphlet.
For full cv: see and publications: see
STUDIO – www.inekehans.com
COLLECTION – www.inekehanscollection.com
SALON – www.inekehans.com/salon
All on project group Design in Social Context, see