The Great Indoors Designroute 2009

28 November 2009

In November 2009, Maastricht hosted The Great Indoors, biennial international design competition. Awards were handed out, and a special design route presented the results of The Great Indoors Workshops.

A changing society requires a different vision from designers. The Great Indoors challenged students from various academies in Maastricht, Eindhoven, Aachen and Genk to design an interior departing from the idea ‘Changing Ideals’. The students were asked to decorate a room in three weeks, supervised by wellknown architects and designers, in assignment of Kiki Niesten (Kiki Niesten and Winkeldochters), Camille Oostwegel (ChateauxHotels & Restaurants), Hans van Wolde (Beluga restaurant), Paul Rinkens (Conceptisch and Qbic) and the Salvation Army. 

The five groups of students wered supervised by a staff of teachers and renowned designers from various disciplines, amongst whom Jürgen Bey, Alexander van Slobbe, Daniël van der Velden, Vinka Kruk, Wieki Somers, Chris Kabel, Christiane Müller, Bas van Tol, Bart Guldemond, Anouk Vogel, Fred Greve and Gillian Schröfer.

The results of the workshop program were presented in a public design route through the Maastricht city center. 

At the end of the workshop series The Great Expectations Award was granted, a new initiative for the most promising student project. The jury for this award consisted of the nominees for The Great Indoors Award. They handed out the award to the student group that designed the interior for a 'Sleep house' for the Salvation Army. 

The Great Indoors is an initiative of Frame magazine, Marres center for contemporary culture and NAiM/Bureau Europa and receives the financial support of the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg.

Photography: Wendela Hubrecht and Eric Laan