Marjet Wessels Boer

Placement at QUEST


In 2007 Quest 1 brought together nine designers from the UK and the Netherlands and two companies, BGB Engineering and Smith of Derby in the East Midlands. The aim of the project was two-fold, to enable the manufacturing companies to explore big picture issues through a process of blue sky thinking; and to support designers to develop extended portfolio experience within businesses.

Quest 1 - in which Arts Council East Midlands collaborated with the Dutch organisation Young Designers & Industry (YDI)  - was a knowledge transfer laboratory that travelled between the Netherlands and East Midlands.

It had a simple methodology. Following the selection of the businesses and designers, there were three workshops in the UK and the Netherlands. The first workshop introduced the businesses to the designers and set the ‘quests’.

The second workshop in Amsterdam showcased examples of designers working with businesses in new ways and saw the designers present their first responses and spend time in designers’studios. At the third workshop at The Hub in the East Midlands the designers presented their final concepts to the companies, who were able to choose one idea or concept each to take forward for further working. The designers worked in groups and presented collaboratively.

Marjet Wessels Boer and Andrew Tanner formed one of the three teams who produced initial concepts. See Documents for a description of their ideas.

Marjet Wessels Boer (Netherlands)
Marjet Wessels Boer graduated in 2001 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Product Design. Since then, she started her own studio working with trainees and freelancers on various projects. Next to her own collection, which varies from warm lab-lamps of homemade felt, porcelain or silver t-spoons, stainless steel clothes hangers to thick doors with hidden spaces, Marjet works on commission. She developed concepts for Fiat en Rijkswaterstaat, furniture for Hajenius, restaurant Segugio and designed products for Fair trade shops, Royal Delft and Spiridon.