Porter Ward -James Stokes

Ward Wijnant (1987, Tilburg) developed during his studies at the Wood and Furniture College various furniture making techniques and a broad material knowledge. However, the manufacture of a furniture piece was not enough for him; Ward missed depth, creativity and the story behind an object. At the Design Academy Eindhoven he learned conceptual thinking and working. He graduated as an independent designer and started his own company in 2015. Ward’s work is characterized by experimenting with materials. The unexpected as a discovery in a product is meaningful for him.

With his objects Ward wants to show the origins of craftsmanship. He sees it as a mission to interpret the diversity of old methods and materials in ultimate, contemporary design that pays attention to detail and finish, as well as a historical understanding of the original artisanal mastery. Ward gets inspired by the construction of traditionally made objects, how the materials are handled and how secure joints are constructed. Artisanal methods combined with versatile materials embody a particular aesthetic. This is exactly what Ward wants to show in his designs: how the materials, and the way in which they are processed, influence the shape. He wants to show materials from a new perspective and with a fresh look at ancient craft techniques.

 

EXHIBITIONS

[2020]
Gent, Belgium
13.03 – 06.09.2020
Design Museum Gent, Kleureyck

Brussels, Belgium
05 – 08.03.2020
Design fair, COLLECTIBLE

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
01.01 – 31.03.2020
A Motley Crew, Salon Salon

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
05 – 09.02.2020
HAKA-building, Object Rotterdam

 

[2019]
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
19 – 27.10.2019
DDW
BLEND, PLAN-B
BELOW THE SURFACE, Broeinest 

Milaan, Italy
09 – 14.04.2019
SOMETHING ELSE, 
Salone del Mobile Milano


[2018]
Tilburg, the Netherlands
30.11 – 2.12.2018
TWISTED HOMECOMING, NS16

Eindhoven, the Netherlands
20 – 28.10.2018
DDW
TWISTED-FUNCTIONALS, PLAN-B
The Young Collectors II, Studio Thier&vanDaalen
TWISTED Hybrids, Sectie C

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
05.2018 – 07.2018
Future Classics, The Frozen Fountain

Milaan, Italy
09 – 14.04.2018
Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Salone del Mobile Milano

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
9 – 11.02.2018
HAKA-building, Object Rotterdam


[2017]
Eindhoven, the Netherlands

21 – 29.10.2017
DDW
Piet Hein Eek Gallery

Milaan, Italy
06.2017 – 07.2017
Royal trade mission, Rossana Orlandi, Salone del Mobile Milano

Milaan, Italy
04 – 09.04.2017
Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Salone del Mobile Milano

Haarlem, the Netherlands
02.2017 – 09.2017
Stadsschouwburg en Philharmonie Haarlem, Dutch Design Philharmonie Haarlem

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
10 – 12.02.2017
SS Rotterdam, Object Rotterdam


[2016]
Torino, Italy
03 – 06.11.2016
Operae, Independent Design Festival

Eindhoven, the Netherlands
22 – 30.10.2016
DDW
Maarten Baas makes time
Piet Hein Eek Gallery
Sectie C De Voyeurs
Hoogste Tijd

New York, USA
13 – 16.05.2016
Ventura Projects, Ventura New York — The Dutch Edition

Milaan, Italy
13 – 17.04.2016
Ventura Projects, Ventura Lambrate — “Train Station”


Amsterdam, the Netherlands
28.11.2015 – 03.04.2016
Arcam, XS Arcam Market #3: Light Architecture


[2015]
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
17 – 25.10.2015
Sectie C, Hal H-8, Design Shop


Eindhoven, the Netherlands
17 – 25.10.2015
Design Academy, Witte Dame, DDW

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
12 – 14.02.2015
SS Rotterdam, Object Rotterdam