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  • Our favourites

    27.06.2016 | Life at Totems

    With our anniversary coming up we reflect more and more on all the wonderful projects we have worked over the past (almost!) 20 years. There are so many! Some of our colleagues like to share their personal favourites. Some still very recent, some oldies. But piece by piece projects that we have worked on with pride and showing the true identity of our clients. Like totems!


    “the cherry on the cake”
    Irma Duim, project manager Totems Amsterdam
    My favourite project is Herman Miller at the Orgatec fair in Cologne (Germany) in 2010. The client’s wish was to have no concerns during the their presence at the fair. So my role was to take care of literally everything. It turned out to be a huge success. For both the client, most important, and for me. Hearing positive feedback of visitors was the cherry on the cake!


    “we were creating an atmosphere”
    Peter van Lier, founder & creative director Totems Amsterdam
    My favourite project of the recent years is the Dutch pavilion at Hannover Messe 2014. The project was unique in a way that we felt that we were creating an atmosphere, a setting for communication during the design phase, while being at the value centre of Holland. It turned out in a fantastic way. The total atmosphere was a buzz, uplifted and communicative - a presentation of Holland as an open and inviting community of innovative entrepreneurs and thinkers.


    “for a good cause”
    Alexandra Dinkel, controller and office manager Totems Stuttgart
    Olga Hospital was one of the most intense projects in my career at Totems. Building spaces for children who are ill and give them a piece of humour, a piece of happiness, a little bit deflection from their stay in a hospital. It all makes it a project with lots of emotion. Even if you only write invoices or pay the artists for their paintings on the walls - you are reminded of the good intention of such a project.


    “strong concept, strong implementation”
    Thijs Bouman, architect Totems Amsterdam and Shanghai
    One of my all-time favourites is Philips Lighting for EuroShop 2014, the world’s leading retail trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. The concept was very strong. And it well maintained during the implementation. Resulting in the German Design Award ‘Special Mention’ we won lately for this project.


    “you feel the emotion”
    Lin Nan, exhibition designer Totems Shanghai
    My favourite project is the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2012 in Yeosu. Totems did quite some Dutch pavilions, so far this is my favoured one. Why? I like the simple and powerful concept of it. The first time I saw the film of this project, I felt immediately the emotion.


    “we were creating a big success”
    Florian Gerlach, founder & creative director Totems Stuttgart
    When we started to develop the new fischer brand activities for the Bau 2013 in Munich we focussed on their main target group: craftmen. People who work with their hands. They judge with their hands. So we decided to design a haptic experience. This went so good that the number of visitors just increased by 50%.


    “special to see a design come to live”
    Sabine van Velzen, senior designer Totems Amsterdam
    A very special project to me was the stand of travel organisation TUI on the ITB fair in 2006. I just started my internship with Totems at that time and I could design one of the exhibits on the stand. It was very special to see something that you designed in the computer in real life.


    “when everything came together”
    Gerard de Gorter, founder & managing director
    During a brainstorm, the concept for the Dutch Pavilion at World Expo 2005 in Aichi (Japan) suddenly fell at the right place. It was a moment of hitting the bull's eye during the creative process. A moment that you think: "Yes! This is it!” This was our first World Expo project. After this project we worked on many other World Expo Pavilions.  It's great to get the opportunity to work on these projects for different countries, all with their own cultures. Our latest, and hopefully not last, Expo project was the Dutch Pavilion in Milan 2015.