The studio designs interior and fashion accessories with a focus on special techniques, interesting use of material or based on research from an exceptional point of view. We are specialized in working with ceramics but also work with different materials, mainly textiles, wood or metal. The end result is a refined design with an exceptional choice of material, color, and finish.
Here follows an extract of an interview that will give you more insight in who I am and what the philosophy of the studio is about:
What would be typical about your work?
There is a lot of contradiction in my work itself. You can recognize a dreamer and a neurotic, fairy tales versus mathematic structures. I really like working with big concepts and researches. In the end, however, I also want it to be a simple product that people understand and can relate to or simply find it a beautiful object. There is a lot of attention for details in material, colour and finish, the things that, to me, make a product appealing.
From where do you get your inspiration?
From trying out a new recipe to traveling and experiencing new cultures and unfamiliar habits, from reading new scientific research in an interesting field to a live performance of a violinist. From basically anything, as long as it triggers my imagination. I am definitely a so called ‘web-thinker’ so I adore anything that can add to my ‘web’ and creates new connections in my thought patterns.
How do your ideas come to life?
By working. It starts with a rough idea, a feeling, a story I want to express. I work like a journalist; I get tremendously interested in a particular subject and research it, want to know all aspects of the story I am trying to tell, the material or technique. But, unlike a journalist, I never write an article. My conclusion lies in a new project. The result is shape, not words. As soon as I start working on it, start making drawings or models, it will come alive and the idea becomes clearer to me and eventually, by the time the prototype is done, the idea is finally finished as well.
What is the best and worst feature of your character?
I think the best would be my curiosity. I’m always curious, almost anything can interest me. There is this very intense attention, however, this attention shifts very easily. It’s like a hunger for new things, new ideas, new knowledge, new experiences. As a result of that, there is also my worst feature: my impatience. I want it all and I want it now. But for a designer, I don’t really see that as a weakness. Being impatient makes you think, act and work both faster and in a more flexible way.
Could you describe your work philosophy as a designer?
I try to work like three different characters, like a pirate, a shaman and a nomad. The way they collect things, the things they think are valuable. The pirate would go for the most valuable thing, just take it and leave the rest. The shaman would only collect what has an emotional or spiritual value. And the nomad only collects what he needs, because he needs to travel light. All three are, in their own way, very selective about what they want. I feel very connected to these characters and try to create products from their point of view.
I do this because I think that there is a shift going on in what the consumer wants and needs and that these characters could be archetypes for a new mindset. The way these characters get what they need, crossing all sorts of boundaries, not only physical ones. To me, that is defining for what is going on in the world today. Since the internet has been invented, piracy has gotten a whole new meaning. All data is available and complete higher education programmes are now offered online for free. Living like a nomad is what we all do, since we are able to connect anytime and anywhere we want and we are not attached to an office or a house anymore. This leads us to select and value the things we have not by the economic value of the product but by its function, emotional or spiritual value, like these three characters do with their objects as well.
What is your favourite material to work with?
That depends on what I’m making but I like the more sensitive materials a lot, such as wood, textiles or ceramics. They have a tactility I adore. I like it when the choice of material is suprising and unexpected, like using sheetmetal in a delicate way or ceramics in a robust one.
Why did you choose to become a designer?
When I was a child I wanted to become an inventor of pretty stuff or an artist that would make useful things. I think I became both.