Sanne Ree Barthels

Innovation Designer

Sanne Ree Barthels studied Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, doing social design projects within the Wellbeing department from 2008-14. She graduated with a project for three pieces of furniture (“Settings Of Connection) to be used by people living with dementia and their loved ones. This work was the result of an intensive three-month collaboration with caregivers, residents and visitors in a local care home and received the Connectors Ring.

During her studies, Ree was a top rower, developed a love of surfing and discovered yoga. After graduating, she worked as a bicycle messenger in the city and a lifeguard on one of the Dutch Northern Isles. This is where she fell in love with a more remote way of living, and why she enjoys living and working in the Highlands.

Raised in a family of caregivers, there is a strong sense of wellbeing to be felt in her work. She explores the meaning of this word in our current rapidly changing society, improving quality of life is the common thread of her work, as well as her underling motivation. She wants to create support that helps people to reconnect with their bodies and its inner rhythms, helping people to give shape to time and place in order to raise the quality of their everyday lives.

s.barthels@gsa.ac.uk

Sanne Ree Barthels