The Space Between


The project

Combining the best qualities of weaving and knitting can innovate the way shoes are made. The project aims to continue and finalise the development of new innovative lightweight 3D spacers with applications in footwear production with an innovative design approach. They wish to integrate functionalities including cushioning, light weight and support to create footwear that will cover the specific needs of every different type of user.

Suzanne Oude Hengel (Netherlands)

Knitwear researcher and footwear innovator based in the Netherlands. She is currently working as a technician at the TextielLab in Tilburg and she owns her own studio where she works as an independent designer. She focuses on collaborative projects. She graduated at the product design department of ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem where her graduation project was a collection of knitted shoes.

Milou Voorwinden (Netherlands)

MILOU VOORWINDEN graduated at the product design department of ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem. Her collection focuses on 3-dimensional readymade objects. Milou engineers and innovates woven structures. She currently works as programmer and product developer at EEExclusives in Heeze. In the meantime, she runs her owns studio where she collaborates on base projects.


Virginia García Candel is Director of Research and Development of the Functional Textiles Unit at Eurecat. This research unit combines knowledge of textile structures and new materials and focuses on the integration of textile wearables. Virginia studied Telecommunications at the University of Malaga, Spain. She has worked at the Functional Textiles Unit for almost 3 years providing high performance textile solutions to the industry.