Local Making Place

Local Making Place

circular value chains in the Wadden area


Together with Stichting SintJan in Kloosterburen and De Graanrepubliek in Bad Nieuweschans, House of Design is investigating the possibilities of circular value chains around a number of raw materials in North and East Groningen.

New business models
The agricultural and fishing sector is now primarily focused on the food & feed market. By supplementing this with a product market, we create opportunities for new revenue models. We investigate the possibilities of algae, seaweed, sludge and chitosan, straw, elephant grass, flax and hemp, among other raw materials.

Sustainable and circular chains
Professional designers carry out material research, look at new applications for the crop and create uniquely designed products. We develop sustainable and circular value chains around these materials that are good for the local economy, offer people a perspective on work and make the soil healthy.

Manufacturing education
In addition, we pay attention to tailor-made training programmes in secondary and secondary vocational education in the region and we start working on circular design in higher professional education.




Where: North-East Groningen
When: 2019 – 2020
Partners: De Graanrepubliek, De Holm, Foundation SintJan, Hogeland College, CSG Winsum, Hanzehogeschool, MBO Terra, Studio Volop, Studio Simone Vermaning, Bloooms and Studio MARC.
Financial support: Waddenfonds, municipality Het Hogeland and Province of Groningen
Tags: local, value chain, circular, Waddengebied, UNESCO Wadden, maakplaats
Blog: lokalemaakplaats.tumblr.com