Presenting materials in different and unexpected perspectives is an ongoing objective in the work of Amsterdam based designer, Zsofia Kollar. Zsofia’s idea of the design-discipline is not fixed but in flux. Her work intrigues, playing with the tension between art and design, showing a keen sense of humor while questioning the human mind. Her quest to understand the relationship between objects and their context blurs the line between fiction and the realm of our reality. There is an interesting and strange uncanniness in her work, which not only reveals the secrets of existing materials and objects but also investigates scenarios of future and fictional behaviors. Zsofia’s practice based on designing highly ambiguous objects that merge reality and imagination. The seemingly every day and inanimate turn into biomorphic objects, that questions the politics of human interaction and society at large. Triggered senses, surprise encounters and the belief that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction sums up her cross-disciplinary practice with its inherent poetics and subtleties of her work.
Zsofia Kollar is the founder of HUMAN MATERIAL LOOP.
Human Material Loop researches the concept of humans as a sustainable material of the future. It proposes an alternative material to integrate into our daily products. In Europe 72 million kg of human hair waste ends up in landfills or in the drainage system causing several problems. Creating a closed-loop recycling system from waste human hair and integrating it into the textile industry can have a huge impact on our future.
Studio Zsofia Kollar carries out both self-initiative and commissioned projects. The studio is interested in researching specific topics and based on its discovery presents ideas and concepts which later crafts into accessible projects for its clients. Recently the studio developed a project for the Dutch Military, previously it designed a prize for the LGBTQ community together with the Ministry of Education and Culture, it developed presentations for a non-profit trade association that is the global leader in advancing the drilling industry, IADC. The studio carried out production and conceptualization to site-specific projects at Mediamatic and at the Artis Royal Zoo of Amsterdam. Diversity and being able to comprehend any ideas from the conceptual phase to an accessible product or project are the driving forces of Studio Zsofia Kollar.
The studio is always open to discuss ideas and project proposals. Don't hesitate to get in touch.
Volkshotel - Broedplaats - Studio 1.56
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Exhibitions and Lectures
Art Room Mina - The World Needs strong woman - Spatial Intervention, Amsterdam NL
OBJECT ROTTERDAM - Zsofia Kollar x Sidney Nislow exhibition, Rotterdam NL
DUS: De Kop #15 in Noord Public talk about human hair textile at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam NL
Generations 2020 x MOAM - Curated group exhibition at Capital C, Amsterdam NL
The Beauty Dinner: Neo Futurist Dinner - Beauty mirrors at Mediamatic, Amsterdam NL
DUS: De Kop - Public talk about human hair textiles at Doka, Amsterdam NL
Working Hard or Hardly Working - Group exhibition - Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven NL
Under Construction - BNO YA! Group Exhibition - Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven NL
A night at the Nightingale - Special Guest Artist - Neverneverland De Nachtegaal Amsterdam NL
Radical Cut-Up - Not a single narrative - Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam NL
Familiar Faces Lecture Series - Create your own MacGuffin - Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL
Radical Cut-Up by Lodown Magazine Release - Stedelijk Museum, 2018, Amsterdam NL
Radical Cut-Up - Melkweg Expo, 2018, Amsterdam NL
PRACTICE, MY POLITICS- Diversity - Salone del Mobile 2018, Milan IT
Art = Artis by Moam - Secrets of the Platan - Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam NL
Eye See You - Reflections on the gaze - Not in New York, Rotterdam, NL
Dutch Design Week 2017 - Disposition, Eindhoven NL
London Design Fair 2017 - Material Spaces: Ma-tt-er + SPACE10, London UK
ARTLAB Munich - GALERIE BENJAMIN ECK, Munich DE
Graduation Show 2017 - Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL
Open Day 2017 - Royal Academy of Art, The Hague NL
RESET - Salone Internationale del Mobile 2016, Milan IT