Designer, researcher, concept & content developer
OF WHAT EXACTLY?
As a creative designer Ilona Laurijsse is engaged with exhibition design and museum display, concept design, interior design and web design. I also research and develop content and create narrative structures for exhibitions in addition to writing exhibition text. I share a studio and often work with a collective of professional graphic, exhibition, interior and light designers. Our primary ambition is to create meaningful, engaging and imaginative spaces, whether that is online, on paper or in spatial environments. We go to great lengths to make sure that the designs we create are eloquent and evocative, the service we provide is excellent, and the process from start to finish, rewarding and enjoyable.
I believe that museums, cultural venues, governmental institutions and even corporate businesses that focus on engagement
in their exhibitions, displays and visual communication, hold the future in their hands. Engagement with the story that is being told, the knowlegde or identity that is communicated, the space itself and most importantly engagement with others! We enjoy helping our clients to visualise their stories or identity in a creative and attractive way so people can relate to it.
HOW WE WORK
We translate stories and contents into exciting designs. We use different media and elements of (spatial) storytelling to create context and atmospheres with certain suspense. We want the visitor to feel immersed in a new world and included in the story that’s being told. To achieve this, we work with professional exhibition construction firms, light designers, multi media designers, animators, graphic designers, text writers, and other artists.
During an intensive study period at different universities, I developed my interest and passion for scenography: (spatial) storytelling in theatre, exhibitions, architecture and art. After extensive theoretic research of this topic during a Bachelor in Cultural Studies and a dual master of Museumstudies at the University of Amsterdam, I started focussing on the design part of it during my study of Spatial Design at the Art academy (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht). The leitmotif in all my studies and subsequently in my projects is a constant focus on the translation of knowledge and content in a clear and evocative design.
ANY SIDE PROJECTS?
I am co-owner and art director of internet platform Soekis
, a website where young creatives can promote themselves and collectors of vintage, design and art can buy and sell unique items. Furthermore I take part in a board of examiners of (graduate) Art Academy students and I enjoy teaching and supervising graduate students writing papers and theses.
For more work experience, view my Curriculum Vitae