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A single sample, Really by Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials, aiming to regain an understanding of processes that have become alien through industialisation, and invisible in an increasingly globalised world.

When Christien Meindertsma looks at an object, she seen not just a thing, but a story. Her curiosity about the circumstances of thing's making and her belief in the importance of our understanding this has lead to a design career based on immersive research into, and forensic documentation of, materials and processes.

Asked to reflect on the manufacture of Really’s Solid Textile Board and its moves towards circularity, Meindertsma went about the project in usual detective-like fashion, visiting industrial laundries and researching non-woven technology. She distilled the story of Really to an elegant and technically accurate vignette of how a pile of tea towels, sheets and dishcloths are transformed into a single sample of Solid Textile Board.

'My mission is to make something beautiful. Something is beautiful when it is transparent, and it is a good product when it is produced in a proper way', says Christien Meindertsma.


Inspiration. Challenging designers and architects to rethink their use of resources, Really starts a dialogue about the shift in perception, process and logistics needed as we grapple with upcycling waste.