About me

Hi! I am Will van Twuijver, a Rotterdam-based designer and part-time farmer working on regenerative design processes. This means that my work is informed by an overarching goal to design and develop systems that integrate environmental restoration and human wellbeing. In practice, my work is focused on the intersection of sustainable food production and grassroots-initiatives.

Focusing on this intersection allows me to explore alternative forms of food production and distribution that are based on solidarity principles, return to a human scale and increase awareness on the natural processes that form the basis of our food system. I have several years of involvement in grassroots initiatives that explore such alternatives, including projects that involve Community Supported Agriculture initiatives, waste food processing collectives and home-brewing.

In 2012 I graduated with a bachelor in interior architecture at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, followed by a master in Collaborative & Industrial Design at the Aalto University, Finland in 2019. To further deepen my understanding on regenerative design, I completed multiple courses on the topic. Such as a minor studies on Sustainability, a certified permaculture design course and attended several summer schools. Currently, I am enrolled in a two year course in biodynamic agriculture at the Warmonderhof in the Netherlands.

Macgyver Project 3

  • General information
  • Year
    2012
  • Project
    Bachelor Thesis
  • University
    Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
  • Status
    Completed

The Macgyver Furniture is part of my graduation project from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2012. Which is a research on ‘liquid’ design: design that adapts to new contexts, and resulted in a set of furniture only using prefabricated elements, that can be re-assembled after the use is no longer desired, allowing them to return to their original function.

This concept was based on two observation: at first, the extraction of resources from the earth is environmentally costly, therefor once resources are extracted and processed to semi-products they should remain within their constitutions for as long as possible, for re-molding or recycling materials is another energy costly undertaking. The second observation is that the cultural lifespan of products is often shorter than the material lifespan. In other words: products are out of fashion before they are worn out. Resulting in many products being thrown out while still being perfectly usable.

As a result, the Macgyver Furniture are made from the assemblage of pre-fab elements I found at hardware store in the area of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. These elements are connected only using connectors that can be unscrewed, such as bolts and nuts. In addition, I created several instruction manuals that allow anyone to recreate and improve these products.

Side table

Chair

Cupboard