This year during Milan Furniture Fair, Dutch design collective Workmates will distribute Good News, a newspaper put together by the five members, celebrating the ideas and processes behind their work.
The open collective – currently Roos Meerman, Joris De Groot, Rick Tegelaar, Klaas Kuiken and Casper Tolhuisen – work independently of each other, and across subject areas. But all of the designers share a hands-on approach, practice in a workshop environment, and produce work that is experimental with a strong focus on process.
“Instead of using space in Milan to show finished products, we’re using space for our ideas,” they explain. “We wanted to show the world behind the work that you don’t usually see – so this is what we’re taking to Milan.”
The papers will be available from a central hub and distributed throughout Milan Furniture Fair on branded trolleys, by couriers dressed in custom-made Workmates suits by Dutch menswear designer Sjaak Hullekes.
Inside the Good News paper you will find interviews with members of the group, an essay by Dutch author Ed van Hinte, a feature on industry in Arnhem, and photo essays documenting elements of the Workmates’ processes – among many other stories on the design practice and daily life a of the collective.
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