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Simon Ballen Botero

Simón Ballen Botero (*1992) is a Colombian product designer currently based between Amsterdam and Medellín. He has lived and studied in Colombia, Italy, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Netherlands where he graduated from the Man and Wellbeing department at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018. Through his work, he researches the intangible relations between objects, people and local traditions. Simón has built a practice of collaborations with different artisans, craftsmen and local communities using design as a tool for critical discourse and empowerment. He has developed a body of work focused on the use of local resources and local materials to create sustainable solutions with the communities and contexts he works in. Although being trained as a designer, his practice is built in close relation to the fields of anthropology and material culture, through which he explores issues related to ecology, identity, heritage and colonialism.

Simón participated in multiple residencies and collaborative projects including a month-long residency project in Nuuk, Greenland with the Hors Pistes Project. In 2019 he was selected as one of the finalists at Design Parade Hyeres in Villa Noailles and received the special prize from Eyes on Talent and Frame Magazine. In 2020 his collection ‘Miranda’ was awarded Bronze in the product category at the Latin American Design Awards. Simon was one of the three artists representing the Netherlands in the Bornholm Glass Biennale in 2021. His work has been exhibited at the Dutch Design Week, Milan Design Week, Medellin Design Week and different galleries and museums like MUDAC, CID Grand-Hornu, Bornholm Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum in the US, the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam, Kazerne in Eindhoven, and Nilufar Gallery in Milan. His work was published in Dezeen, Wallpaper Magazine, Elle Decoration, DesignBoom, Domus and Frame Magazine. Simon has actively participated in several talks and workshops at different events/fairs, symposiums and institutions.

From 2019 until the end of 2021 Simón collaborated as a designer and researcher at Studio Formafantasma in Amsterdam working as a design researcher, concept developer and studio manager. Besides, he continues developing design projects and collaborations with different brands and organizations as a freelancer and consultant.



Design Exhibitions

2021_ Bornholm Art Museum. (Bornholm, Denmark)

European Glass Context - Biennial for contemporary European Glass

2021_ Casa Enso (Retiro, Colombia)

Solo Show - Suelo Orfebre

2021 _ La Villete (Paris, France)

’Infinite Creativity for a Finite World’

2021 _ Le Kiosque, Centre d’Action Culturelle (Mayenne, France)

Nuit Blanche

2020_ Nilufar Gallery (Milan, Italy)

FAR Brassless

2020 _ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ, USA)

Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined 

2019 _ Georgetown University Art Galleries (DC, USA)

Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined

2019 _ MUDAC. Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts. (Switzerland)

Conversation between Craftsmen and Designers - Hors Pistes


2019 _ Dutch Design Week

HOW & WOW, Crafts Council Netherlands & Zuidezee Museum

2019_ Medellin Design Week. ( Medellin, Colombia)

“Esto No Es Copia”, Bodega Central

2019 _Villa Noailles, ( Hyeres, France )

Design Parade Hyeres. **Winner Eyes on Talent x FRAME Award

2019 _ 'Hope' Exhibition at Kazerne Eindhoven ( Netherlands )

Curated by Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña


2019 _ FrozenFountain (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Future Classics

2019 _ CID Grand-Hornu. ( Boussu, Belgium )

Rencontres au Greenland - Hors Pistes Project

2019 _ Merci (Paris, France)

Valeur(s) Exhibition

2018_ Dutch Design Week.  ( Eindhoven, Netherlands )

Graduation Show G18. Design Academy Eindhoven

2017_ Lokal Museum Nuuk. ( Nuuk, Greenland )

Hors Pistes Exhibition. Design residency in Greenland .

2017 _ Dutch Design Week. (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

DENF Exhibition . “Children of the Sun”

2016 _ Milan Design Week. (Milan, Italy)

Film programming at TouchBase Exhibition DAE.

2015 _ Arctic Design Week. (Rovaniemi, Finland)

“Material Freedom” Beyond Books. Lapland University.


Designer at Studio Formafantasma
Amsterdam, Netherlands / 2019 - 2021

Freelancer at Perceptual

Medellin, Colombia / 2018 - Present

Design Residency Hors Pistes Project - Working with local craftspeople
Nuuk, Greenland / Summer 2017

Internship at Studio Formafantasma
Amsterdam, Netherlands / March - July 2017


Assisting Teresa van Dongen - DDW Exhibitions

Eindhoven, Netherlands / October 2014 & 2015


Product Development Intern at Perceptual Studio

Medellin, Colombia / July - August 2014


Teaching Assistant and Student tutor at EAFIT University

Medellin, Colombia / 2011 - 2013


Vrije University Amsterdam / Summer course Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling

Amsterdam, Netherlands / Summer 2021

Design Academy Eindhoven / Man & Well Being

Eindhoven, Netherlands / 2014 - 2018


Icelandic Academy of Arts / Exchange Program at Product Design department
Reykjavik, Iceland / Autumn 2016


University of Lapland / Exchange Program at Faculty of Industrial Design

Rovaniemi, Finland / 2013 - 2014


IED - Istituto Europeo di Design / Summer course in Italian Product Design

Milan, Italy / Summer 2012


EAFIT University / Product Design Engineering

Medellin, Colombia / 2010 - 2013 - 2021


Montessori High School

Medellin, Colombia / 2009

- For a more detailed CV don't hesitate to contact me 

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