STUDIO IF is a research based design practice by Irma Földényi (HU/NL). The studio is based in Rotterdam, has a thematic focus and works often collaboratively, spanning across research, design and education.


Irma Foldenyi is a Rotterdam based designer who works across design, research and education. Since 2018 she is running her practice STUDIO IF in Rotterdam. Besides her studio practice she has been teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (Linking Bodies – Jewellery Department) and is a researcher in jewellery at Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Precious Dialogue research platform. She is co-founder of independent project ‘Jewellery Perspectives’ (2017-2022) together with curator Evelien Bracke for researching renewed definitions of jewellery in today’s society. Currently she is board member of the Francoise van den Bosch Award in the Netherlands.

Irma holds an MD from Design Academy Eindhoven, Social Design Masters (cum laude, 2012) and an MA from Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Product Design Masters (2009). Before that she studied as a goldsmith in Budapest.

Below a selection of positions, projects and more.


PhD Artistic researcher in design with project ‘Voices of Materials’ at Sint Lucas Antwerpen & University of Antwerpen, promotors: Wesley Meuris and Kyoko Iwaki (2023-2027), Researcher in jewellery at Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerpen (2019-23), Designer at Philips Design Probes (NL, Eindhoven, 2010-11), Researcher at Kitchen Budapest Medialab (HU, 2008-10), Project assistant at Baltan Laboratories (Eindhoven, 2010-11)


Jewellery Perspectives in collaboration with curator Evelien Bracke (BE) 2016-2022.


Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, Linking Bodies – Jewellery Department, 2019-2022), Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (2013-2017), Sint Lucas School of Arts (Studio Sieraad), 2017-2021), Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam, New Frontiers course, 2017-2022)


Board member of the Francoise van den Bosch Foundation in the Netherlands (2023 onwards), External advisor for Design Master curriculum development at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest (2023 – 2026)


Design Academy Eindhoven (NL, Social Design Masters 2012 cum laude) Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (HU, Product Designer MA 2009), Goldsmith Practice School (HU, Budapest, 2004)


Talent Award by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie NL (2014), Hungarian Design Award (2010)