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Studio Drift was founded in 2006 by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, both graduates of the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). Their philosophy is based on creating a dialogue between opposites: nature and technology, knowledge and intuition, science fiction and nature. Studio Drift creates projects that balance on the fine line between arts and design. They draw their inspiration from nature as a starting point, both in a formal and a philosophical way, while the creative process is fuelled by innovative techniques. Light is a key element in their work, but is always treated as an artistic ingredient rather than a functional tool to illuminate.

Studio Drift’s most well known projects include Fragile Future III, Flylight, and the Ghost Collection. Their work has been exhibited at leading museums and fairs worldwide, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (GB), Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT), World Expo Shanghai (CN), Design Basel, Miami (US), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL), M.A.D. New York (US), The Israel Museum (IL), Design Days Dubai (UAE), and La Biennale di Venezia (IT). This selection perfectly illustrates how Studio Drift is critically acclaimed in the fields of fine arts and design alike.

Ralph, Lonneke and their team create custom made installations for both private collectors as well as leading corporate art collections. Studio Drift has been awarded several times for their creations, including ‘Light of the Future’ from the German Council in 2008 for Fragile Future III. In 2010 their Fragile Future Concrete Chandelier won ‘The Moët Hennessy – Pavilion of Art and Design London Prize’ and was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2011 Fragile Future 3.5 won the 1st prize at the ZomerExpo, Gemeentemuseum The Hague. In 2012, Fragile Future III was awarded ‘Finest Light Sculpture’ of the Kortrijk Fair.

Belgrade Design Week is fantastic! It is a conference with a great international reputation.   I have heard so many friends, professionals and peers who said it was one of the best conferences in the world, and something you must do! So, I had no doubts in saying yes when Jovan asked me to do it 6 months ago. Belgrade Design Week is different, it’s a bit crazy, and the special passion and the energy is what makes it really good!