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Archives at Risk features photos and interviews from five designer archives. The archives include those of industrial designer Emile Truijen (whose archive is currently being kept by his heirs pending a formal arrangement), graphic designer Lies Ros (who lives in her own design archive and collection), and industrial designer Hella Jongerius (who admits that parts of her well-maintained archive will go abroad as there is no Dutch option). Then there are artists Jason Page and Karen Huang, who work and live with the archive of textile artist Elma Beks, and textile designer Borre Akkersdijk, who in his practice treats a digital archive as a shared source.

Annemartine van Kesteren

Annemartine van Kesteren is a curator, museum professional and cultural entrepreneur based in Rotterdam. She is part of the curatorial staff of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen where she is responsible for the collection of contemporary design. She curated groundbreaking exhibitions as the Boijmans Ahoy drive-thru (2020), Are we safe now (2021), The breakdown economy (2021), Change the System (2017) and Beyond Generation (2017). She regularly teaches and is frequently asked for expert reviews and presentations. Her daily activities range from creative direction, curating and writing. She works with companies, foundations, museums, and private collections.

Tomas Dirrix

Tomas Dirrix graduated as Master of Architecture with honors from TU Delft, and has studied both in Mendrisio, Switzerland and Ahmedabad, India. He currently teaches the graduation year at Architectural Design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, after having led various design studios at TU Delft and Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam.Atelier Tomas Dirrix is an architecture practice based in Rotterdam working with a cultural and material notion of building. It seeks to establish new principles, relationships, and processes as a basis for an imaginative and attentive architecture.

Meeus Ontwerpt

Since 2008, twin sisters Janna and Hilde Meeus have been working together as graphic designers under the name Meeus Ontwerpt in a studio located in Amsterdam. Their work is characterized by an interest in language, (moving) characters, typography, zigzag folding, perforation, (mis) pressure, image drive and game. Clients include: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the New Institute, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Parrèsia publishing house, Andriesse-Eyck gallery, Transcity publishing house, Poldertheater Amsterdam, PuntWG, Jennifer Tee and various other artists, photographers and architects.

Manon van Hoeckel

Manon van Hoeckel is a Rotterdam based social designer. Her work often responds to the disappearance of the conversation in public space, in politics and between different groups in our society. She addresses this theme by creating design interventions that require a systemic change that ranges beyond product solutions. In her social design projects, she always asks topical, relevant questions, for which she formulates original solutions.

Babette Rijkhof


Babette Rijkhoff creates narrative podcasts and audio documentaries & installations for VPRO, NTR, HUMAN, festivals, museums, cultural institutions, and brands. She is involved in the whole creation process. From concept to research and from interviewing to assembly. Her greatest strength is to make personal stories. Honest, vulnerable stories. A good podcast is like a movie for your ears. It shows you new worlds, meet new people, warm your heart, and let you look at it now differently. And there's also some humor.

Nico Thöne

Nico Thöne graduated as a graphical designer (Sint Lucas 2007), has a bachelor’s in fine arts (AKV St Joost, 2011), and obtained a teaching degree in Fine Arts (Fontys, 2012) which she completed cum laude. In 2012 Nico received a thesis award for her research into the announced death of the Fine Arts by Arthur Danto in 1983; Depth is an optical illusion. After writing a method about communication around and about art, she is regularly invited by museums and cultural institutions to develop projects concerning art and education. At the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) she implements her expertise to encourage the development and prominence of the ceramic field.

Wendy Plomp

Wendy Plomp is founder, curator and art director of Dutch Invertuals. By analysing our culture and time, she envisions and materialises new future design directions guided by an intuitive creativity, she questions and challenges our living environment, creating space for experimentation and dialogue. Graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2004, Wendy founded Dutch Invertuals in 2009.

Guido Jansen

Guido Jansen is a freelance project coordinator, teacher and dramaturg between the fields of performing arts and digital media. Guido works as coordinator of projects and activities for, helping cultural institutions and creators to sustainably preserve and connect their archives digitally. In 2020-2021, he worked as project lead for DEN, kennisinstituut cultuur & digitale transformatie on het archieftraject (the archive trajectory) and co-wrote a report on (live)streaming.

Borre Akkersdijk

Borre Akkersdijk has been involved in textile development for over 14 years. In 2015 he co-founded BYBORRE — the Amsterdam based textile innovation studio working on the frontiers of scalable bespoke textile development and production. What started with Borre questioning and rewiring the creative boundaries of circular knitting machines at production sites, grew into a company dedicated to rewiring everything in the production processes of knitted textiles.

Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius (1963, the Netherlands) is one of the world’s leading designers, known for her research-driven approach and vigorous work on uniting craftsmanship and industrial production, infusing mass produced objects with imperfection, sensibility and character. She founded her Jongeriuslab design studio in 1993, and has worked on commissioned projects for Vitra, Maharam, the interior design of the Delegates’ Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters and the cabin interiors for the Dutch airline KLM. She has also initiated many independent projects, with exhibitions at the Design Museum London (2017), Die Neue Sammlung at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2017), the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (2018), Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2019) and Gropius Bau in Berlin (2021). Jongerius’s work can be found in the permanent collections including the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Die Neue Sammlung and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Since 2009 she has lived and worked in Berlin.

Emile Truijen

Emile Truijen (1928–2003) was an industrial designer and professor at Delft University of Technology. He was born a twin in Surabaya, Java and moved to the Netherlands when he was four. In 1952 he studied interior design at the KABK in The Hague. In 1954 he began working with Rob Parry on shop fittings, trade fair stands, exhibitions and products. In 1957 the PTT (Dutch mail, telegraph and telephone services) commissioned them for a new mailbox. Their twin mailbox remained in use for over forty years. Together with former student Jan Lucassen, he founded Truijen-Lucassen, renamed Tel Design in 1965. Among their assignments was the house style for the Dutch Railways. He began teaching at the Delft University of Technology in 1964 and set up the Industrial Design department with Joost van der Grinten. In 1971 he became professor of the Industrial Design department. He became dean in 1973. He was married to Annette Truijen-Van Kleeff, and they had five children together: Hans, Katinka, Mark, Viktor and Michaël. Emile Truijen passed away in 2003.

Viktor Truijen

Viktor Truijen (1962) is an architectural designer working across various assignments, including exhibitions, trade fair stands, interior design, architectural adaptations and graphic design. He studied architectural design at the KABK in The Hague in 1987. From 1992 to 2003, he worked as a designer for FORUM Exhibition Architecture in Amstelveen. Together with Dick Barendsen, Maud van Gool and Jaap Hogerdijk, he founded the Tentoonstellingsfabriek (Exhibition Factory) in 2007. In 2017, he began working again as a one-person company for BK engineers, the BNO and IRM. With his son, Maurice, he founded the ‘Truijen-Shirts’ label in 2020, its first product being a T-shirt of Rob Parry, Emile Truijen and their twin mailbox. In 2006 he and Renée Borgonjen developed a website for his father, Emile, and he will launch a new version with his daughter Katía in 2022.

Katía Truijen

Katía Truijen (1990) is a media researcher, writer, curator and musician. After obtaining her master’s degree in New Media & Digital Culture at the UvA and Art & Research at the Rietveld Academy, she worked as an editor for Virtueel Platform and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, among others. From 2014 to 2021, Katía was a researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut, working on exhibitions and publications such as Architecture of Appropriation: On Squatting as Spatial Practice (2019), WORK BODY LEISURE, the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), and For the Record, on the politics of music video culture (2021). She co-curated Fundamental Acts at the Kunstberg in Brussels (2021) and Housing Futures in Rotterdam (2022). Katía is part of the Loom collective and research tutor at the Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Institute. She founded the online magazine //\hoekhuis with Sjaak Douma. Katía is also context curator for Rewire festival, and she makes music as a solo artist and in the band Port of Call. In 2022 she and her father, Viktor, developed her grandfather Emile’s revamped website and digital archive.

Lies Ros

Lies Ros started her training at the vocational course for goldsmiths in Schoonhoven and completed her studies at the evening course for goldsmiths at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, where she studied from 1971 to 1976. Together with co-founders Frank Beekers and Rob Schröder, she worked in the Wild Paste collective from 1981 to 2002. Wild Paste eschewed working for advertising, instead dedicating its services, sometimes pro bono, to groups seeking positive societal change. Another of the group’s core beliefs was making your opinions clear, not hiding them. Around 2000 she began working independently, specialising in exhibition design, including for the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Historical Museum, and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. She has been a Dutch teacher for refugees since 2008.

Karen Huang

Karen Huang is a Taiwanese fashion and textile artist based in the Netherlands. After studying environmental engineering in Taiwan and graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, she has collaborated with artists and designers working across a wide range of disciplines such as ceramic, video, tapestry, and installation. Huang’s collaborative working method allowed her body of work to explore different techniques in depth. She is interested in the interaction between handcraft and digital craft, the possibilities of open source design process, and focuses on the artistry of contemporary textile design that shifts away from human-centric application.

Elma Beks

Karen Huang and Jason Page work with the archive of Dutch textile artist Elma Beks (1926–2014), consisting of large wall hangings, colourful beadwork and hand embroidery. This forgotten collection was gathering dust in a storage facility basement and was due to be thrown away. Karen and Jason’s impromptu care of this material uncovered the artist’s history and life stories. Initially, they saw the Beks archive as ‘material’. However, this gradually changed into a respectful collaboration. Karen calls it ‘repositioning’, approaching the legacy from a collective idea, building on what is already there. Textile craft exemplifies the circular idea that you can eventually unravel all fabric into a thread to make something new. Moreover, archiving is not a simple matter of ‘storage’; it facilitates interpretations of reuse and circular application.