In collaboration with
Team Atelier Luma
and many others, FR
Maria Finders
Strategist / Curator, FR
Jan Boelen
Artistic director / Educator, BE
Lucia Babina
Cultural producer / Activist, IT
OOZE Architects
Architects and Urbanists, NL
Eric van Hove
Artist, MR
Christiaan Bakker
Designer, NL
Jo van Bostraeten
Maker, BE
Studio Brynjar & Veronika
Designers, ISL / DE
Jesse Howard
Designer, US / NL
Robotic design, FR
Jon Stam
Designer, CA / NL
Studio Klarenbeek & Dros
Designers, NL
Lukas Wegwerth
Designer, DE
Robert Bon
Farmer, FR
Thomas Vailly
Designer, NL
Physicist / chemists / engineers / mathematicians, FR
Petit à Petit
Association for togetherness, solidarity and human ecology, FR
Brecht Duijf
Designer, NL
Stéphanie Allard
Ecologist / Paper craftwoman, FR
Elizabeth Guyon
Artist / Scenographer, FR
Tjeerd Veenhoven & Huis Veendam
Designer & Producer, NL
Alexandre Humbert
Film maker, BE
Evelien Bracke
Curator, BE
Matali Crasset
Designer, FR
David Lepolard
Artist / Hacker, FR
Tour du Valat
Ecological research insitute, FR
Kristof Vrancken
Photographer, BE
Social Design students
Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
Yannick Vernet
Artist / Educator, FR
Clemens Driessen
Cultural geographer , NL
Elisabeth Lara
Cultural geographer , US
Giulio Vinnacia
Designer, IT
Victor Picon
Film maker, FR / NL
Mevce Çıracı
Designer, TU
Victor Diaz
Aritst / Software programmer, ES
Martino Gamper & team
Designers, UK
Pascal Gautrand
Designer / Founder of Tricolor, FR
Sandrine Rozier
Natural dyes specialist, FR
Platform for Culture & Heritage craftspeople and specialists, FR
Elke Krasny
Researcher / Theorist / Writer, AT
Jacob Travnik
Designer, AT
Estelle Julian & Balikipopoy
Landscape artist & weaving experts, ES
Jean Roché
Photographer / hiker, FR
Martino Gamper
Designer, IT

Atelier Luma

Henriette Waal is co-initiator and artistic research director of Atelier Luma, an experimental design laboratory run by the Luma Foundation in Arles in southern France. Atelier Luma creates new and sustainable ways of using the natural and cultural sources of the surrounding wetland region: from recycling agricultural waste to reinventing local techniques, as well as facilitating encounters between daring designers. Atelier Luma develops local solutions for global problems. At the heart of the approach is the implementation of circular economic practices and the far-reaching involvement of nature and the community. Design become the means of transition.

In her role as artistic research director, Henriette links the local context to international design expertise. She maps local material flows, knowledge and customs and researches socio-ecological issues at a superlocal level. To this end, she selected a core team and set up collaborative structures that involve scientists, farmers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs and designers.

In addition, Henriette acted as artistic leader of installations at several international design exhibitions, among them the Luma Days (2017/2018), Istanbul Biennial (2018) and XXI Milan Triennial (2019). Henriette is currently overseeing fieldwork research in the Mediterranean region. Her research is contributing to new transnational ways to organize and make design by integrating remote southern European, African and Middle Eastern wetland communities.

Realized projects include [Algae Platform], [Majouba Arles], [Living with Rising Water / Arles], [Hippomedia / Arles], [The Uprooted / Arles], [Color Geographies / Arles], [Biolaminates], [May Your Rice Never Burn / Arles] [Collection Zero San Vero Milis / Sardinia]