Transition Design


New State of Matter is a design initiative here to make the world transition by redefining what matters.
It fundamentally changes the relationship between people and things.
It turns traditional business and production models on their heads.
It makes cloudy ideas materialize into solid designs.

Core Relief Redesign

The world is currently seeing an enormous displacement of people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and from north-west African nations. (source: UN) While the European states are struggling with policy reform and are polarized because of their own economic crisis, the UN and a multitude of NGOs are stumbling over one another to provide hospitality and care to the displaced. Amongst the care they provide are a number of so called Core Relief Items from the UNHCR. The 14 standard life‐sustaining items include plastic tarpaulins, family tents, fleece blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, jerry cans, buckets and most recently a Refugee Housing Unit. The items despite being made with durable materials, due to constant exposure to the elements and over‐ use, their core function have a low expected life expectancy.
CORE RELIEF will use open‐source design and additive manufacturing to improve, up‐cycle and recycle the 14 standard core relief items in efforts to improve properties, extend life‐span, or give a second chance to a depleted item. By focusing on the UNHCR specified Core Relief Items the results of a localized workshop in Lesvos are applicable in every disaster area and emergency zone around the world.


Several adapters were 3D printed to add extra functionality to the flexible jerrycans provided by UNHCR; a.o. a tap, a water filter and a breather device. Find the designs here and read more about the project.

Core Relief is supported by a.o.


Endless Objects

Whether product obsolescence is planned or just happens, either way product lifetimes are getting shorter and shorter. (source) With Endless Objects we want to build “The Spotify of Consumer Products”. The uprise of makerspaces and fablabs in urban areas all over the world has made digital manufacturing technology accessible to the masses. Prosumers are already making and maintaining their own products made with a.o. 3d-printing technology and programmable microprocessors like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Why shouldn’t other kinds of consumer products be maintainable or upgraded in these urban workshops? Companies are still afraid of being liable for bad quality products and are hesitant to share information on the design. With Endless Objects, we are making it both profitable and safe for companies to start sharing this information with makerspaces and fablabs so that consumers can get their products serviced locally and sustainably.

A test case was done with the company Bugaboo. Several replacement items were designed and printed by a group of interns. These parts were tested for strength and durability and assessed on their contribution to the sustainability of the Bugaboo stroller. The parts and repair guide can be found here:

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The video shows a repaired Bugaboo Frog brake handle which became the reason to start the project with Bugaboo and have interns do a study.

Endless Objects is supported by

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Future Fashion

What if machines could learn how to reshare second hand clothes through the internet? Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world (after oil) and faces many sustainability challenges: ‘fast fashion’, ‘deadstock’, ‘sweatshops’ and ‘over irrigation’ are a few key examples. To make it worse only 31% of textiles are handed in separately from the waste in the Netherlands (Millieu Centraal). Future Fashion focuses on stimulating the separation and redistribution of second hand clothing while it still has potential use-value. We are inspired by the way small vintage shops are able to re-market clothing and we believe that this ‘eye for fashion’ can be automated using machine learning. One could argue that so much fashion has already been made and, as fashion trends are cyclical, it’s a matter of knowing how to dig for the right clothes and recombine them. By using blockchain technology we can make the lifecycle of clothing trackable and we are investigating ways to create a secure link between the physical object and it’s digital representation.


With WOOF&WOW we are using low-cost, open-source processing techniques for PET bottles and innovating on weaving techniques to process these bottles into material that can be used for functional products like furniture and playground products. We want to include people at the margins of society in the process of creating these kind of products because we believe that everyone has talent and regardless of their socio-demographic position should be included. With weavers in Peru we will be producing the material for the design of Icelandic designer Marta Sif.


For playgrounds we are developing and testing designs of a.o. swings made entirely of recycled PET bottles. Our goal is to work together with local communities to collectively, young and old, make these products for their local playgrounds.

Making wire from bottles in Peru.

WOOF&WOW is supported amongst others by

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Free Fins

Why should you 3d-print anything? Because every time you make it, you can make it custom.

This is the first version of a tool with which surfers can design their own fins. The goal is to recommend fins based on the surfer’s weight, experience, board, surfstyle and type of wave. Currently the fins are composed manually by adjusting the main characteristics: depth, base length, foil, sweep and cant. The design is based on a FCS fin design and the features area, sweep and depth are shown to compare. There is choice between a single, twin or tri fin setup and an FCS, Futures or Finbox system. The FCS II and a quad setup will be added later and more adventureous shapes are in the pipeline like for example whale bumps on the front (which increase laminar flow) and shark skin dimples (that reduce drag). For reference, this website provides a comprehensive overview: If you want your custom fins made from recycled (ocean) plastic please get in touch!

The ‘Free Fins’ tool on

A test, injection moulding one of the fin designs from recycled plastic.