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Cutting. Sticking. Folding. In times of overriding digitisation, we start this new year without wifi, without apps and without pixels. We finally go back to the drawing board, where the handmade triumphs. The beauty of handmade paper, gsm, matt, glossy, satin, and baking paper. A paperless office is so 2018!

20:00 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

Museum free of charge from 17:00 until 21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Thursday Bite€ 7,70

Vera van Wolferen

Vera van Wolferen makes wonderful worlds from simple materials such as paper, balsa wood and cardboard. As a set designer and stop-motion director, she initiates her own projects. Her latest work is ‘Thought Hopper 3000', an interactive online paper camper-van. She is currently also working on an infinite universe of architectural sculptures called 'Story Objects’.

Ferry Staverman

Ferry Staverman makes three-dimensional paper sculptures from recycled cardboard reinforced with rope, repeating forms to create remarkable silhouettes. From a small table-top format up to five-metre tall sculptures, they refer to coral reefs, cacti, Chinese porcelain and oriental architectural objects.

Noa Verhofstad

The work of Noa Verhofstad exudes a feeling of nostalgia and wonder. Her work emphasises craftsmanship and handwork, with almost every essential element, whether a photograph, film, decor or installation, constructed by hand. The processes of the chosen materials - often paper and cardboard, but also wool, glass or wood - always play a decisive role.

Sophie van Boven

Sophie van Boven makes beautiful, fragile illustrations and collages with a retro look in which the handmade nature of the materials is strikingly present. She excels in what she refers to as decors: spatial installations as designs for a photograph, illustration or animation, apparently simply created from paper and cardboard.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.

Become a Member

Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and you’ll support our mission to navigate the vast and evolving field of design. You’ll also be inspired by our special program of Members’ events, meeting up with other like-minded people as we invite you to reflect with us on design’s changing role in technology, economics, culture and society.


Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.