PSFK’s Creative of the Week, chosen from the ARTS THREAD online portfolios, is Rienke Bos. A graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, Rienke’s South African heritage led her to create the two major projects that completed her studies.
Why we like Rienke’s work? Rienke’s research into new applications of outdoor living offer a new approach to activities that revolve around hot/cold climates and how products can be adapted for both end uses.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and inspirations
I knew at an early age what I wanted to do. I want people to tell me what they want and I will draw it for them’. I graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2010, where I studied Man and Activity. Now I am a product designer and create my own product lines and work as a freelancer. My work has been exhibited at the Graduation Show during the Dutch Design Week 2011 and at Elle Inside Design Amsterdam. Aside from being an industrial designer I also have a Graphic Design background. In my designs I look for innovation, functionality and usability.
Talk us through the pieces on your ARTS THREAD portfolio
When I was in South Africa I was introduced to the ‘braai’ – it is a social event where everyone brings something to put on the barbecue. This Gardenbraai, which was inspired by that experience, will bring cozy warmth and good food to your garden, even if it is not the height of summer.
You can use it as a barbecue, with the earthenware lid keeping the juices from evaporating and ensuring the meat stays nice and succulent. But it is also a garden fireplace, which can be used to prepare a nice stew in the accompanying casserole while relaxing by the fire. Underneath the ash collection tray there is an additional drawer to keep any leftover coal, so that the next braai will be extra tasty. I love the winter as much as the summer, that is one of the reasons that I wanted to create a product which you can enjoy in all seasons.
For the Solis Gardenshower I had two inspirations.
1 – the beautiful and immense nature of South Africa where you do much more of your daily routines outdoors.
2 – during my summer holidays when I was a kid, we used to stay at the boat of my grandpa and after swimming we would rinse off with a gardenhose filled with water that was warmed by the sun.
In the Netherlands, outdoor showers are especially meant for cooling down or rinsing yourself off after swimming in a pool. Solis Gardenshower is a special outdoor shower that offers warm water. The metal tube framework screens the user from the rest of the garden without impeding his or her view. Meanwhile, the sun heats the water in the steel tubes; and you can adjust it to the perfect temperature by mixing it with cold water. The drain can be fitted quite simply to the sewage system, but you could also use the run-off to water the garden if you are using eco-friendly soap.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m working on finalising my Gardenbraai to get it on the consumer market. The Gardenbraai is now at an exhibition at Artemis Design Hotel in Amsterdam and I am trying to get it into production. It is still open as to if it will be produced by the brand Rienke Bos or if it will be produced by a different brand or company. This is a whole new process you have to get familiar with after graduation. If you are reading this and interested in the Gardenbraai, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also working on some smaller products that, when finished, will come online as soon as possible.
How can people get in contact with you? What work are you looking for?
People can get in contact with me through my website or they can send me an e-mail. I am interested in a broad range of design segments; product design, concept design, graphic design. It can be as a freelancer, commission based or project based, for commercial clients or private collection clients. I am open to all design opportunities.