MARTINA HUYNH & JONAS ALTHAUS
CREAM ON CHROME
Martina Huynh and Jonas Althaus (both graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018) are specialists in design research and interactive installations. They work together from Rotterdam under the name Cream on Chrome. With the Basic Income Café (2018) they translated the complex concept of a basic income into an easily accessible installation using coffee to visualise the flow of money and to initiate an open conversation. With The Environmentalist Stock Exchange (2018), Cream on Chrome modelled the global markets on the principles of ecology, in which shareholders were seen as guardians. In 4D News (2019) they explored methods and formats for more complex news stories.
For each topic they tackle, Martina Huynh and Jonas Althaus can design an approach that makes complex ideas and concepts understandable. They are very skilled in explaining and making difficult material tangible. They do not shy away from big themes: income inequality, ecology and news provision are addressed and made transparent by Cream on Chrome. The fact that these young designers have already mastered design research at this level is praiseworthy. They even initiate most of their projects themselves and successfully involve the relevant partners. It is downright clever how Huynh and Althaus create inviting design based on difficult social issues; the jury is convinced that we will keep seeing Cream on Chrome everywhere for years to come.