Since graduating from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem (NL) in 1991 and the Royal College of Art in London in 1995, Ineke Hans' work has evolved in many ways, acquiring the identity most clearly of a designer, with the impulses of a sculptor, and the industrial experience needed to define products with a commercial life.
Her work investigates the psychological roots of products, perceiving and playing with the interaction between people and objects. It centers around the pictogram and archetype; old and brand new production methods are used in unconventional ways.
Some of her work also suggests the timeless familiarity and direct methods of Dutch vernacular or folkloristic traditions expressed through color and form.
Things that interest her include typologies, trends and codes, word-play, colors and self-evident furniture of the kind you can find in open-air museums, non-design, instinctive intelligence, childish constructions, new materials and old techniques, anthropology, folklore, new interventions in industrial production processes, the intelligent use of materials and decoration.
The 2002 self-initiated Black projects are not as straightforward as they might look. The childrens’ collection Black Beauties plays another game with the typology of objects, redefining the color code for children. More importantly, the Black Beauties show that children do not only react to colors, but very often they respond to shapes, opportunities and ways of playing with things.
In 2005, she won a red-dot-award for a surprising garlic crusher for Royal VKB. Her work is purchased by international design collections.
Ineke Hans belongs to the top ten of Dutch designers.
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