Lace Fence by Demakersvan



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Lace Fence
Date 2005
Designer Joep Verhoeven/Demakersvan
Material Plastic-coated copper wire

This project takes an everyday, factory-produced product that performs an important function yet is rarely considered, and reinvents it as a lovingly crafted object. The concept represents a reversal of the usual process of industrialization, in which the culture of hand-made objects is gradually usurped by industrially manufactured products. It also asks why notions of beauty cannot be applied to banal objects.


Lace Fence was produced by young Dutch designer Joep Verhoeven as his graduate project while studying at Design Academy Eindhoven. He is now part of young design team Demakersvan, which is based in Rotterdam.

The idea is based on the anonymous chainlink security fences that are ubiquitous on industrial estates and sports grounds around the world. These are usually made of PVC-coated steel wire, which is woven into a continuous mesh by a process akin to giant-scale knitting, and then erected on posts.


Working with plastic-coated copper wire – which is more malleable than steel – Verhoeven wove intricate patterns, inspired by traditional Dutch lace-making techniques, into the fence, creating a delicate screen of foliage and flowers. Thus, a product that is a symbol of privacy, denial and even paranoia becomes something celebratory and strangely domestic.

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  • Raymond

    None of the Fence-producers did have the ‘balls’ to produce this beautifully crafted product.

    They (Demakersvan) decided to produce it themselves in India.
    I like them alot, they are young and have the courage to take a risk.

    Ray (a Dutchie ;-))

  • sander

    That’s what I call DESIGN

  • M Hrus

    BRAVO!! i think more designs incorporating “banal” objects are in order. i keep thinking about those ugly little service boxes for power and the like, and wonder if there can be some sort of after-manufacturing modification for aesthetic intentions. this being modded during manufacture, albeit labor intensive is wonderful. could this be implemented in inner city/lower income contexts for beautification?

  • Great designs, Loved it! gotta see more patterns !

  • Jon

    That is one of the freshest ideas I have seen in a while – brilliant

  • Oh my god, that is so gorgeous now I need to get some land that I can fence in.

  • dina

    Absolutely refreshing!!!

  • maria torres