Studio Daan Roosegaarde

One designer we find very inspiring and refreshing is Studio Roosegaarde.

Daan Roosegaarde


This man literally turns dust into diamonds. That’s the new poetic project of designer Daan Roosegaarde. He and his team want to create a smog free space in Bejing by sucking out the polluted air and…create diamonds.

When working in this mega-city he asked himself why nobody would do something against the heavy smog and he came up with the idea to create something beautiful with it.  Have a look at the video to see what he intends to do.

Roosegaarde calls his work, which is established between ideology and technology,‘techno-poetry’.

Daan Roosegaarde Dust into Diamonds

Smog Free Park by Daan Roosegaarde from Studio Roosegaarde on Vimeo.

One of the last really cool projects of Roosegaarde was the Smart Highway, a tactile, high-tech environment in which the viewer and space become one. This is an entirely new approach to roads, which is not only beautiful and alluring but also a sustainable and cost-effective solution, thus offering a unique design solution to both developed and developing countries.

The Smart Highway is now being tested in the North of the Netherlands. We made a quick overview what a Smart Highway actually means.

+Glowing Lines
Glow in dark lines absorb light during the day and glow at night.

+Dynamic Paint
Temperature controlled markings get visible or fade at certain temperatures. Think of ice crystal signs which get visible when it gets slippery on the road.

+Electric Priority Lane
Induction offers electric cars the possibility to charge themselves while driving.

+Interactive Light
Interactive light only turns on when traffic approaches by means of sensors.

+Dynamic Lines
Road lines can be flexibily adjusted.

+Wind Light
The wind generated by the cars activates small windmills on the roads.

If you want to want to find out more about him you should definitely read the interview on the blog, where he speaks about his work, his philosophy and motivations.

We love the creative mess of his industrial studio space.

Studio Daan Roosegaarde

Have a great day!