Foundation, a concept by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten is about collecting waste material and old furniture from the neighborhood, moving it to a waste container, reusing it to turn it into a small house (with the container as the foundation), to become a temporary meeting place for neighbours and passers-by. During the project, graphic designer Jet van Zwieten will give shape to a public journal or another communication tool that shows the progress and tells the story of the found material and its contributors. This site-specific and investigative approach to design and public space leaves room for unexpected local input and cooperation.

In March 2012 Foundation projects becomes a true foundation with the aim of doing more design projects in public space that improve social cohesion. The board of Stichting Foundation Projects: Bart Witte (chairman), Maurice Bogaerts (secretary), Martine Zoeteman (secretary) and Pim Rupert (treasurer).

In Utrecht, the hometown of the Foundation team, a new series of dumpsterhouses is being constructed from 2 to 22 April 2012 in three different neighborhoods (Leidsche Rijn, Wittevrouwen and Kanaleneiland). The results are being moved to the city centre, where they’ll become a pavilion with bar. On the inside and outside of the buildings video footage of the process in the neighborhoods is being projected (videomapping) accompanied by music and soundscapes produced with field recordings.

Team: Rikkert Paauw (spatial designer, constructor), Jet van Zwieten (photograpy, graphic design, art direction), Hein Lagerweij (motion designer), Astrid Petersen (production), Ifigeneia Dilaveraki (architect, constructor) Mark Schevers (intern, product designer), Niek Wagemans (architect, constructor), Sonostruct~ (interactive music installation and composition) Jacob van de Water (musician, composer), Born digital (videomapping), Mariken Gaandersen (production).

Foundation came to life in 2010 during the Public Design Festival in Milan:

FOUNDation Milan April 2010 from Hein Lagerweij on Vimeo.

After that, we were invited to execute the project again during the Vienna Design Week of 2010:

FOUNDation Projects Vienna Design Week 2010 from Hein Lagerweij on Vimeo.


From April 12 – 17 2011, we were part of the Public Design Festival in Milan again. Esterni invited us to come back with a new project that builded on the previous Foundation projects. We build an open air bar with a terrace from found waste material in the Isola neigborhood. During the festival, we served fresh organic soup, bread and drinks and became a local hotspot and meetingplace. Afterwards we sold and gave away the furniture and the bar to the people from the neigborhood.

The Taverna team consisted of Niek Wagemans (architect), Astrid Petersen (production leader), Jet van Zwieten (graphic designer), Rikkert Paauw (spatial designer) and Hein Lagerweij (motion designer).

TAVERNA from Hein Lagerweij on Vimeo.


Rikkert Paauw (1982) works as an independant spacial designer, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From his very childhood he considered it logical to use materials surrounding him like waste in combination with natural materials as to change spaces easily with very simple solutions. For his curiousity he has a big interest in the background of materials as well as technology and considers it important to make materials and technics understood. This interest guides him all the way from the first moment of planning to finally materializing a project, all of which happens with a big focus on mobility, seeking durable solutions for individuals as well as companies. His studio and contracting company Stortplaats Van Dromen, using this kind of knowledge, develops and realizes new spaces and suitable self-designed furniture.

Jet van Zwieten (1985) studied at The Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and is working as a graphic and editorial designer. She uses her design and communication skills in order to improve social structures and the (urban) environment. Imaging and perception play an important role in her work as well as the interaction between analogue and digital material.

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