Daan Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde
Daan Roosegaarde in 2016.jpg
Roosegaarde in 2016
Born 1979 (age 37–38)
Nieuwkoop, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Education art, architecture
Notable work Smog Free Project, Icoon Afsluitdijk, Beyond, Waterlicht, Smart Highway, Dune, Sustainable Dance Floor
Awards London Design Innovation Medal
Website www.studioroosegaarde.net

Daan Roosegaarde (born 1979) is a Dutch artist and founder of Studio Roosegaarde, which develops projects that merge technology and art in urban environments.

Early life and education[edit]

Roosegaarde was born in 1979 in Nieuwkoop in the Netherlands. He studied at the Institute for the Arts in Arnhem (1997–1999), the Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede (2001–2003), and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2003–2005).[1] He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007 in the Netherlands and later opened a "pop-up" studio in Shanghai, China.[2]

Design works and projects[edit]

Roosegaarde's projects often employ light and sensing technology in an interactive manner.

Closeup of a garment made with Intimacy variable-opacity material
  • Intimacy was a project to design garments that reacted to changes in heat produced by people present or from the environment by changing the opacity of their "e-foil" material, based on sensor input. The e-foil material was produced in black and white versions.[3][4]
  • Icoon Afsluitdijk is a design project to enhance the appearance of floodgates on Afsluitdijk, a floodgate dike in the Netherlands.[5][6]
  • Beyond is a 397-foot (121 m) long lenticular print of cloud images, back-lit by LED lamps at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, which gives the illusion of depth into the image.[7]
  • Roosegaarde's "Smog Free Project" consists of a tower that cleanses the air nearby, using ionization. Roosegaarde incorporated the collected pollutants into jewelry to publicize the project.[8] It was previously demonstrated in Rotterdam[9] and Beijing.[10]
  • Smart Highway is a collaboration with the Heijmans infrastructure group to use light, energy and information that interacts with traffic on roadways. It includes the Van Gogh Path—a 600-metre (2,000 ft) cycle path between Nuenen and Eindhoven, which uses embedded lights that twinkle to evoke Vincent Van Gogh's painting, The Starry Night.[12]
  • Lotus 7.0 is an interactive wall lighting project, premiered in Paris.[13][2]

The work from his Studio Roosegaarde has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.[14] Roosegaarde won the London Design Innovation medal in 2016.[15]



  1. ^ "Daan Roosegaarde — Syracuse Architecture". soa.syr.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b Chong, Adele; Roosegaarde, Daan; de Rijk, Timo (2011). Daan Roosegaarde: Interactive Landscapes. Netherlands: NAi Uitgevers. p. 156. ISBN 978-9056627546. 
  3. ^ "Studio Roosegaarde – Intimacy Dresses". Design Boom. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ IBT staff reporter (October 30, 2011). "Smart E-Foil Dress Intimacy 2.0 Leaves Little to the Imagination". ibtimes.com. International Business Times. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  5. ^ Azzarello, Nina (2016-09-05). "daan roosegaarde plans light interventions across afsluitdijk". designboom.com. designboom. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  6. ^ Press release (May 9, 2016). "Icoon Afsluitdijk designs unveiled". government.nl. Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  7. ^ Stinson, Liz. "The World’s Biggest Lenticular Print Will Make You Go ‘Whoa’". Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  8. ^ Lesser, Casey (2017-01-25). "This Artist Is Turning Beijing’s Smog into Jewelry". Artsy. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  9. ^ Roet, Leander (July 27, 2015). "The "World's First" Smog-Eating Tower Breaks Ground in Rotterdam". creators.vice.com. Vice. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  10. ^ Morlin-Yron, Sophie (1 July 2016). "World's largest air purifier takes on China's smog". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  11. ^ Howarth, Dan (December 11, 2014). "Daan Roosegaarde lights up Amsterdam station with rainbow projection". De Zeen. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  12. ^ CNN Staff (November 14, 2014). "Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands". CNN.com. CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-24. CNN Starry Night Bike Path
  13. ^ "DAAN ROOSEGAARDE "LOTUS 7.0" | Le Cube – Centre de création numérique". lecube.com. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  14. ^ AKI. "The luminous techno poetry of Daan Roosegaarde". aki.artex.nz. AKI Academy of Art & Design. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  15. ^ Woollaston, Victoria (21 September 2016). "Design Innovation Medal at London's Design Festival". Wired. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 

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