Fascination driven

Toer likes to get space to play.

Toer is a multidisciplinary design studio from the Netherlands, founded in 2011 by Castor Bours (1984) and Wouter Widdershoven (1986). With backgrounds in the arts and design (Design Academy Eindhoven) and interactive design (Industrial Design TU Eindhoven) and a strong explorative and experimental approach, they are able to push both the aesthetical and technical boundaries of design while using a wide variety of media. Toer is working across various domains of the applied arts, such as light objects and installations, interactive experiences, and innovative products and interfaces. Toer gained global attention for projects like Cumulus, an autonomous parasol that inflates to a cloud-like shape using solar energy, Fiet, a kinetic light sculpture that reacts to movements in its environment, and Shaped by Time, a clock that shapes itself by the passage of time. Their interactive installations are presented worldwide at international festivals and platforms like Singapore, Toronto, Sydney, Wellington, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, London, Poland and Seoul. Studio Toer is always looking around the next corner to bring little known ideas or processes to the general public in the form of state-of-the art design installations. By following their fascination for physical movement in our day-to-day environment and using a very playful and experimental approach, Studio Toer has been and will be at the forefront of interactive design.

Exhibitions / Projects

2017 Social Sparkles at Wuhan Design Biennale
2017 Your Light on Light Glow Eindhoven
2017 DDW Light at City Hall Eindhoven
2017 Solar Design Public Award
2017 Social Sparkles at Light Move Festival Lodz
2017 Fiet at Forte Festival
2017 Foederer Talent Awards Runner-up
2017 Social Sparkles at Lux Wellington
2017 Boom Boom in Bologna
2017 Social Sparkles in Singapore
2017 Social Sparkles in Toronto
2016 Kunstblok, Who Cares BKKC Tilburg
2016 Sparkles for Emma
2016 Misty Lanterns for Misteryland
2016 Moti, Triennale di Milano
2016 Fiet, Oddstream, Nijmegen
2016 Kunstblok, Artist in residence, Eindhoven
2015 Social Sparkles, Light Festival, Amsterdam
2015 Moti, Museum aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
2015 Boom Boom, Manana Manana, Hummelo
2015 Cumulus, MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg
2015 Various, Museum Night, Leiden
2015 Moving Design, Ventura Lambrate, Milano
2015 Moti, Heimtextil, Frankfurt
2015 Moti, LED Expo, Den Bosch
2014 Usine Light, Usine, Eindhoven
2014 Moti, Design Festival, Seoul
2014 Kunstmoment Diepenheim
2014 Various, Dutch Design Week
2014 Dutchinese, Nanjing
2014 Boom Boom, ITGWO, Vlieland
2014 Cumulus, Pop-up, Milano
2014 Fiet, LED Expo, Utrecht
2014 Fiet, Breda
2014 Fiet, Canary Wharf, London
2013 Amsterdam Light Festival
2013 Various, DDW, Eindhoven
2013 Fiet, Discovery Festival, Amsterdam
2013 Fiet, New messages from NL, Seoul
2013 O’Cloc Beijing
2013 Shaped by Time, O’Clock, Beijing
2013 Various, Ambiente Talents, Frankfurt
2013 Fiet, Kinetica Art Fair, London
2012 Spring, Tuttobene, Milan
2011 Loef, Brains Awards Finalists, Eindhoven
2010 Loef, DDW, Eindhoven
2009 Various, DDW Ground, Eindhoven

Workshops and Presentations

2017 Stedelijk museum Amsterdam, Kunstbende
2016 MUDAM Luxembourg, moving design
2015 Moving Design Workshop and Lecture, University of Arts, Nanjing
2014 Moving Design Lecture, Design School, Seoul
2013 Osososma workshops Fan Dance, Amsterdam
2012 Leve de Zon, workshop at ITGWO Vlieland
2010 Winkel van de Toekomst Woonbeurs, Amsterdam