Japan – After finishing her education as an architect, Samira Boon lived in Japan for four years, where she started her design studio. Her first success came in 2002 after designing the “get well soon masks”: regular masks printed with animal faces. Shortly afterwards, she developed the “furoshiki shiki” series; vinyl bags that were inspired on a Japanese folding technique.
Netherlands – In recent years she shifted her focus to the development of 3 dimensional textiles at the Textile laboratory in the Netherlands. Technologically advanced textiles function differently in various interiors, resulting in a wide array of products. One of the most innovative product series is the “instant collection”: pre-programmed different layers and seams result in (nearly) finished 3D products straight out the machine, which need very little finishing
South Korea – Samira Boon is currently located in Seoul to collaborate with Korean companies and designers on various projects and an exhibition about folding. Her one-year residence is a testimony to her continued fascination with the rich Asian design culture.
Events – Samira Boon has contributed to design exhibitions, seminars and events in New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Seoul, The Dutch Textile Museum in Tilburg, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT).
Lecturer / Workshops – Samira Boon actively shares her techniques and concepts in lectures and workshops and has taught at various design institutions including the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam. In March 2011 she will start as a lecturer at Seoul National University of Technology.
mask workshop at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo