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Our Dutch Designers

We work with many Dutch designers. (Are you a Dutch designer? If you are, and you’d like to see your products sold on our site, please get in touch)

 

Frederik Roije graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2001. He has been designing for Droog, Goods, as well as running his own design studio
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What is your approach to design?
I am curious about the elements of surprise and beauty. I develop concepts at a very early stage, with a fascination for imagery, materials, techniques and culture in my brain and soul. When I have a concept, I communicate it in text and visual imagery. Later, I develop these into prototypes, working toward an end product.

I think a product only comes to life when it finds its partner, the user. A relationship develops between user and product, often based on love at first sight. The relationship between user and creator expresses itself in an emotion, recognition and interaction. This communication plays a central part in the relations. The interaction stimulates the user, and therefore the user is more aware of the environment that surrounds him.

 

 

 

Nicole van Schouwenburg graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag in Graphic Design. She has been running her own graphic design agency, Skylla, since 1984, as well as teaching.

What is your approach to design?
I don't think I have a design philosophy. I do have a lot of inspiration, energy and optimism. I do two things all day long: watch and create. It's a sort of breathing, in and out; eagerly watching colors, letters in the wild, observing everyday things that are just that bit different, the beauty of people and nature. Breathing out is not only the creation of products, but also interiors, clothing and free art. I love images, language and signs. In my design, I like to use beautiful typography or calligraphy, as well as colorful images.

My work makes me happy, and I hope my designs make other people smile too.

What was your inspiration for the Selfshelf?
I designed the Selfshelf - in cooperation with Irene Klinkenberg - as a break from client work. The Selfshelf is a shelf with the appearance of a book. As a result, the entire stack of books appears to float in the air, invisibly attached to the wall with the included bracket.

I designed five different covers for the Selfshelf—all designs are a combination of play on words, books and visual images, as well as the actual functionality of the product. For example, one of the covers says 'Ceci n'est pas un livre' (translation 'This is not a book') with an image of 14th century painter Jan van Eyck, so it looks like an old book. Another cover I designed for the Selfshelf was a play on the mystery novel: It's called 'The mystery of the floating piles.' The third cover has the title 'The History of the Selfshelf' with illustrations. My designs play with wit and the poetic; it makes me happy to make other people smile.

 

 

 

Chris Kabel graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2001.

What is your approach to design?
I like to reclaim daily boring life, noticing unimportant things, in an attempt to redefine human behavior. I am fascinated by the way products work. I believe that a product's functionality is defined by its user, not its designer. I like to add an element of surprise by twisting and altering products, changing the way people use a product and their perception of it. This leads to new and more meaningful products with a broader context.

What was your inspiration for the Sticky Lamp?
I was researching the aesthetics of "instant solutions," by which I mean the things people tend to resort to when something breaks down, or lacks something, and needs to be resolved instantly. I made a book full of photographs of all the tools that were used to repair products: tape, rope, string, rubber bands, paper clips—all really great solutions. I found these very intriguing. One of these photographs pictured a lamp fitting that was taped against the wall to provide instant light. I translated this into the Sticky Lamp. It still has the immediacy and randomness of the original, but has been transposed into a sellable product.

 

 

 

Maarten Baptist graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2002 in product and industrial design.

What is your approach to design?
I like to design products for the public—everyday objects that are simple, user-friendly and affordable. I want my designs to be accessible, not esoteric. My aim is to blend shape construction and material into a visual perfect unity, resulting in products that exude a self-evident quality.

What was your inspiration for the Open Air cutlery?
I developed the concept of the Open Air cutlery as part of a final design project at the Academy. My aim was to design an article of use like cutlery that was personal, while at the same time mass-produced and cost-effective. I wanted to show the possibilities of new shape and identity in an everyday tool. In the beginning, I bent the cutlery in seven different shapes that would appeal to different people—I wanted the contour of the cutlery to act as a sort of blank canvas that could take on different characters. Upon graduation, I realized that I would have to choose one shape to keep the price affordable. I chose the shape which had the best handling ability. The handles have rounded forms and are very well balanced. The cutlery has a classic shape, but because it is hollow, becomes quite contemporary. The void makes the cutlery very light and thus very easy to handle. It makes me so happy to see people from all ages and walks of life use my designs...it gives me a real kick.

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