Co-founder and creative director of Amsterdam-based design company Droog, Renny Ramakers initiates projects, curates exhibitions, and lectures worldwide. Educated as an art historian at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, Ramakers has since been more interested in making history by stretching the borders of design thinking. Her aim is to deliver cutting edge content and unexpected perspectives in an interdisciplinary and a down-to-earth way.
Renny Ramakers will give a lecture at the Creative Imperfections workshop at the University of Amsterdam on November 28th (by invitation only).
Perfect imperfection - lecture by Renny Ramakers
From the love affair modernists had with the machine in the early 20th century, to the anti-perfection movement of the 90s, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with perfection.
Today, we see many designers taking a craft-based approach, embracing traditional materials and processes and giving rise to the perfection of imperfection. But the digital revolution is challenging the notion that technology is about perfection. Digital tools are instigating open-ended processes and stimulating creative imperfection. Even when dehumanized, technology can give rise to a new kind of perfect imperfection.
Are you a Borgen or Lars von Trier fan? Is Noma on the top of your restaurant wishlist? Do you love Henrik Vibskov’s clothes? Then you definitely like Denmark and so do we.
‘The New Danish Cool’ at Hôtel Droog offers you a little taste of Denmark from November 27th 2013 until January 5th 2014. Taste Danish liquorice dishes in ROOMSERVICE café and tearoom, see in the Gallery what acclaimed architecture studio Bjarke Ingels Group accomplished at the Superkilen Urban Park in Copenhagen, take your pick from the selection of Danish design items in the store or browse through the Vibskov collection at Fashion at KABINET.
Join us in celebrating the opening of ‘The New Danish Cool’ at Hôtel Droog. The opening reception with drinks and bites prepared with Lakrids liquorice, the hottest Danish culinary ingredient at the moment, takes place on November 27th from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
Before the opening you can join a talk on why Denmark is in the spotlight, hosted by Stine Jensen joined by fashion designer Henrik Vibskov, Peter Sylvest Husted (Lakrids liquorice) and Klaus Bondam (actor in a.o. Festen, former mayor of Copenhagen, currently director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels) from 6 to 7.30 pm.
The public living room of Hotel Droog, ROOMSERVICE is more than a daytime café and tearoom. During evenings it is also a place full of happenings. Daring speakers stand up to share their dilemma with the public. Writers read and discuss their recently published books. Films are screened and discussed. There is a lot of debate around all kinds of topics, such as design, architecture, art, food, science and politics. Members of the public, design enthusiasts and special guests can join for the talks, the laughs and the special dinner events.
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Amongst great influential women such as Angela Merkel and Oprah Winfrey, Renny Ramakers has been named one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek. As stated by Newsweek:
“Art historian turned curator turned environmental trendsetter, Renny Ramakers has put a different kind of green conscience into design with UP, the Dutch innovator’s latest venture. Initiated by Droog, a firm she cofounded that took the design world by storm, UP is a collaborative effort among companies to cut down on waste by using surplus materials to create new goods. The movement’s many partners have created a rapidly growing line of chic “leftover” products from dead-stock items repurposed in inventive ways.”
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