Droog offers a selection of accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work that change your experience of daily life. Droog was founded in 1993 by product designer Gijs Bakker and design historian Renny Ramakers. During the Milan Furniture Fair in 1993, the duo presented a selection of sober designs made of industrial materials and found objects. The presentation was titled 'Droog Design', because of the simplicity and dry humor of the objects. Droog creates products, projects and events around the world in collaboration with designers, clients and partners. Droog has worked with amongst others Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, Tejo Remy, Ed Annink and Jurgen Bey.
Floris Hovers (1976) is an inspirational designer. A basic, simple approach to techniques and materials are important for him to communicate his vision and working method. "To be a designer you have to be a maker. The real thing should always be more impressive than the rendering, not the other way round." With knowledge and intuition, he always aims for a sympathetic design in which he cherishes the love for clarity and simplicity. Hovers, who set up his own design studio in 2006, applies the same childlike candour to all his toy and furniture designs, achieving a rigorous simplicity that appeals to children and adults alike.
Functionals offers an exclusive collection of furniture and home accessories designed by some of the most innovative contemporary designers. From the start with candleholder Bonsai and floor light Swivel, the collection rapidly expanded and now includes tables, stools, textiles, lighting, and various accessories. Functionals believe their products are made to last, so they are made well. The designers they work with have a distinctive perspective, bold aesthetic, and a commitment to craftsmanship which results in products with an architectural, industrial and graphic look, feel and function. They believe in elegant simplicity, not fleeting trends.
Goods was founded in 1995, inspired by Human beings' ancient custom of gift-giving. Today they offer an established collection of home accessories and small furniture by Dutch designers, from internationally known names to designers just starting out. Goods takes the initiative in developing new products, while at the same time designers approach them with an idea or a design. When an object fits into the Goods collection, they work in collaboration to get the design into production. Goods products are part of various international museum collections, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Design Museum of Iceland, and are being sold around the world.
Gispen, a Dutch company known for furnishing spaces for almost a hundred years is bringing a collection of furniture, lighting and accessories, especially targeting the domestic market. Under supervision of Creative Director Richard Hutten, internationally regarded as one of the most famous Dutch designers and undoubtedly one of the least conventional, together with designers as Maarten Baas, Michael Young, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Jan Plechac and others, a collections is designed under the credo Playing with Tradition. Most of their products are already aquired by musea all over the world, a recognition of the outstanding design quality of the Gispen products.
Lensvelt chooses distinction, or to be more precise, distinguishing. They work with designers with a strong vision and an infallible feeling for the changeability of a specific period of time. They believe renewal does not exist if we simply keep repeating what has already proved itself. Renewal goes hand in hand with daring and that is what is typical of Lensvelt: the audacity to deviate and the will to renew. The pertinent conviction that cultures are changeable, even those within a company, and therefore, they continually make new statements. Lensvelt draws inspiration from change, which stipulates the dynamics of our existence and the meaning of their efforts.
Linteloo brings together international designers and European craftsmen to create contemporary furniture that lasts for years. The first collection, which was introduced in 1993, showed designs by young designers Edward van Vliet, Roderick Vos and Roland Costeris. Dutch Design was becoming a world brand in the nineties but Linteloo wanted to go further and started a new concept with the now famous feel-good factor. The design for easy living with comfortable made to measure sofa's and chairs was a big hit. The dedicated design team repeatedly succeeds in adding new dimensions to the typical Linteloo style in which straightforward lines merge with a warm cosiness.
oneQ was founded in 2007 by Dutch designer Jan Willem Marijnissen. oneQ is new in the world of Outdoor Cooking and fills the gap between the current offer of outdoor kitchens and the traditional well-known barbecues. Many outdoor kitchens are expensive and lack flexibility, while traditional barbecues all pretty much look the same and have a limited range of cooking methods and expansion possibilities. oneQ succeeded in combining the best-of-both-worlds and created a flexible, modular and expandable 'Cuisine d'été' for every garden or terrace. This way Outdoor Living and Cooking will become a true experience!
Rietveld by Rietveld
Rietveld-by-Rietveld is an initiative of Egbert Rietveld (1961) and Ries Seijler (1962), grandson and great-grandson of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld. They want to show the world that Rietveld signifies more than the Red-Blue and ZigZag chairs. Rietveld left a extensive oeuvre of designs, which in some cases consist of actually constructed pieces of furniture, single copies or prototypes, while in other cases only sketches or drafts for the models exist. They intend to reproduce the furniture in their grandfather's spirit and build the replicas as close to the originals as possible. Todays versions however will apply present-day technologies where these enhance the quality of the furniture.
Royal Tichelaar Makkum
Royal Tichelaar Makkum is the Netherlands' oldest company. Frysian clay, a passion for quality, modesty and impeccable craftsmanship, those are the values that make Royal Tichelaar Makkum unique in the ceramic industry. Makkum is a source of honest products, in which history and contemporary developments in ceramic workmanship are inspiringly blended, with always recognisable the master's hand: the designer artist's as well as the artisan's. In Makkum artist and craftsman join to symbiotically explore the future. In short, Royal Tichelaar Makkum adds cultural value by making the most of history through modern design.
Royal VKB is a brand of the Royal Delft Group (since 1789). Royal VKB has demonstrated that it has an awareness of how people live and deal with specific everyday situations. They drew inspiration from the accelerated tempo seen in people on account of changed prosperity and technological developments, which resulted in a changing consumer with more awareness than ever before. In their view, the combination of innovation, design and lifestyle continues to be the correct way of providing a solution to the present-day need. This is so that, when patterns change within society, space is automatically created for more innovative products.
Spectrum, founded in 1941, has an eventful history behind it. Nevertheless, a number of principles have always been clearly recognisable: functionalist designs, items of furniture with no embellishment, whose beauty was determined by the well thought-out and carefully balanced form and proportion of the design. Spectrum was best know by the products of Martin Visser, whose numerous designs largely determined the character of the collection. Now the collection is supplemented with designs by famous and talented designers such as Studio Parade and Chris Slutter, while still preserving the characteristic austerity, clear construction and the use of authentic materials.
Thomas Eyck is a publisher and distributer of characteristic and exclusive contemporary design products. Keywords in the philosophy off his company are: care, attention and love for material, technique and design. The collection of Thomas Eyck will develop slowly by commissioning one carefully chosen designer to design a series of products each year. Material and techniques will be chosen with the utmost care, and the company will only cooperate with the best craftsmen and producers. Eyck, who is also the curator of design for the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, has worked with the likes of Christien Meindertsma, Scholten & Baijings, Studio Job, and Aldo Bakker.
Vij5 is a Dutch designlabel with a collection of interior products, characterised by simplicity and the use of existing elements. Its young founders, Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst, design the majority of the products and actively seek collaboration with other young designers to expand their collection. Because Arjan and Anieke are in control of the whole process of each product from a designer's perspective, the brand has a very personal style and high quality standards. Well proportioned, a balanced composition, the use of honest materials, clear lines and fine details is what the designs have in common.
Weltevree is a Dutch product label, founded by designers Floris Schoonderbeek and Dick van Hoff. Weltevree develops and produces authentic products for the living environment that satisfy our primary desires: distinctive, original and of excellent quality. The perception of quality, functionality, and a feeling of comfort and well being, is central to Weltevree's philosophy. Inextricably linked to this the use of honest materials, a transparent production process and skilled suppliers. Weltevree's best know products are probably the original Dutchtub and the Stonestove, a classic from 1999 that had never before been produced for the consumer market.