Maarten Versteeg

Maarten Versteeg
Eindhoven University of Technology | TUE · Department of Industrial Design


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Jewellery is the central theme of my work. From the earliest times mankind feels the urge to adorn oneself. I’m fascinated by the way such small objects can bear and express strong meaning, both for the individual and in a social context. Jewellery is a mirror of the time in which it is created. It not only reflects the social cultural standards of that era, yet it also adopts new technologies. Nowadays developments like 3D printing and wearable electronics offer interesting – and challenging – opportunities. I’m interested in exploring how these new technologies can renew, enlarge and extent the social cultural meaning of jewellery. Jewellery often marks a life-event. One of the reasons to cherish jewellery is because it forms a physical cue to trigger autobiographical memory. My wo


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We are on the verge of a digital era that needs an alternative for cultural standardization and the postmodern hype of styles, subcultures and social status. [7]. Several theorists have emphasized the importance of social-cultural context, sensorial perception [9,10], materiality and the mediating potential of products [13]. We adopted a research t...
Conference Paper
In this paper we describe the design of Memento: an interactive sound locket for individual reminiscence that triggers a similar sense of intimacy and values as its non-technological predecessor. Jewellery often forms a cue for autobiographical memory. In this work we investigate the role that interactive technologies could play in this relationshi...
Conference Paper
Many current wearables have a technology-driven background: the focus is primarily on functionality, while their possible personal and social-cultural value is underappreciated. We think that developing wearables from a jewellery perspective can compensate for this. The personal and social cultural values embodied by traditional jewellery are often...


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