Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology, in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

DRIFT has realized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited in museums such as Stedelijk Museum (Solo); Victoria & Albert Museum (Group); Met Museum (Group); UTA Artist Space (Group); Garage Museum (Group); Mint Museum (Solo); Biennale di Venezia (Group); Pace Gallery (Group); Amos Rex Museum (Solo). Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum, amongst others. In 2019 DRIFT won the Dezeen award and in 2014, DRIFT was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.

/ Deezen Awards: Designer of the Year | Winner with the work Franchise Freedom

/Dutch Design Awards | Nominated with Shylight

/ Best piece of Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venezia (Flylight)
/ Artist in Residence ‘ART STAYS’, part of the Premio Arte Laguna Art Prize (Flylight)

/ Finest light sculpture / Interieur, Kortrijk (Fragile Future 3)

/ 1st Prize ‘ZomerExpo’ / Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands (Fragile Future 3.5)

/ The Moet Hennessy Pavilion of Art and Design London Prize 2010 (Concrete Chandelier)

/ International Design Prize ‘Lights of the future’ / German Design Council (Fragile Future)

/ Art prize 2006, 1st Prize Stichting ArtiParti (Fragile Future)
/ Young Talent Award, Stichting MS Research (Fragile Future)

/ Victoria and Albert museum London, UK| Fragile Future Concrete Light Sculpture
/ Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, NL| Shylight
/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) | Fragile Future Light Sculpture
/ Atlanta High Museum of Art, USA| Fragile Future 3.13
/ Louis Vuitton collection, CN, JP, HK| Fragile Future
/ San Francisco MOMA,USA| Ghost chair and numerous private collections
/ Museum Voorlinden, NL | Flylight

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