Louise Schouwenberg

Louise Schouwenberg studied psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), sculpture (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam), and philosophy (University of Amsterdam). After establishing a career as visual artist, since 2000 her focus has been on art and design theory and, incidentally, curating exhibitions on the cutting edge between art and design, including exhibitions for gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam (2012), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam (2010), Utrecht Manifest (2009), and the Textile Museum Tilburg (2006). She writes for various art and design magazines and websites, and has contributed to a range of books, including an essay on designer Konstantin Grcic (‘Panorama’, Vitra Design Museum, 2014), a monograph on artist Robert Zandvliet (‘Robert Zandvliet. I owe you the Truth in Painting’, Nai Publishers, 2012) and two monographs on designer Hella Jongerius (‘Hella Jongerius’ and ‘Hella Jongerius - Misfit’, Phaidon Press, 2003 and 2010 resp.). Schouwenberg has been teaching at various art schools and universities, including DAE (bachelor and master departments), the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and KABK in The Hague. Since 2010 she is head of the master department Contextual Design.

During the Salone del Mobile Milan 2015 and 2016, Louise Schouwenberg & Hella Jongerius presented their views on design by way of two manifests: Beyond the New (a text, presented in 2015), A Search Behind Appearances (an installation, containing tiny machines, fabrics, texts and projected shadow plays, presented in 2016).

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Part of the installation A Search Behind Appearances