Bertjan Pot (1975) focuses in the material and production processes. He likes to use computer aesthetics and industrial production methods, but without actually using a computer or sometimes even the industrial production method as a design tool. Almost all of his designs come from experiments in materials. He believes, "that the way a product feels is just as important as the way it looks". In many of his products such as the Carbon Chair, the Random Light, the Random Chair and the Knitted lamp, the skin or material of the product becomes the actual product. Many of his products are self-initiated because he feels that a product just needs to be made.
After finishing the design academy eindhoven in 2003, Christien Meindertsma (1980) started her own design label Flocks, for which she mainly designs knitwear, clothes and interior products. Meindertsma's main interest goes out to researching the origin of products, their raw materials as well as the history behind techniques. With her projects 'checked baggage' (2003), 'urchin poufs' and 'pig 05049' (2008) she made her break through in the international design field. These projects have been exhibited all over the world and part of her work is included in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum London, MOMA New York and Textiel Museum Tilburg.
Dick van Hoff
Dick van Hoff (1972) is a versatile product designer with a strong sense of material and form. He has a great love for industrial and craft-based techniques. Van Hoff works as an independent product designer in Arnhem and produces most of his own work. With his 'industrial customisation' he is always in search of explicit and honest shapes, based in the workshop. An approach that results in 'readable' appliances. His designs are collected by renowned museums such as The Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France. With Floris Schoonderbeek he has established the Weltevree brand.
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.
Floris Schoonderbeek (1979) makes his work to inspire people to live the public outdoor space. In 2002, the desire to reinvent and utilise public spaces led to probably his best known design, a mobile wood-fired hottub called the Dutchtub. The Dutchtub creates the opportunity to take a nice warm bath anywhere in the world, as long there's water and wood. With designer Dick van Hoff he has established the Weltevree brand to make innovative designs accessible. Weltevree's designs are one of a kind, intended for a specific use, and are redolent with a palpable originality. Their clean and practical shapes clearly reflect contemporary tastes.
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (24 June 1888-25 June 1964) was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. Rietveld is famous for his Red and Blue Chair which he designed in 1917, and for the Rietveld Schröder House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoping that much of his furniture would eventually be mass-produced rather than handcrafted, Rietveld aimed for simplicity in construction. In 1918 he started his own furniture factory, and changed the chair's colors after becoming influenced by the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, of which he became a member in 1919, the same year in which he became an architect.
Ineke Hans (1966) graduated at the Royal College of Art in London in 1995 and set up her design studio INEKEHANS/ARNHEM in the Netherlands in 1998. Ineke's early work centred around pictograms and archetypes, but her designs have evolved in many ways; investigating the psychological roots of products, perceiving and playing with the interaction between people, objects and space. Innovation in materials and techniques and re-thinking of existing human values and habits have become most important triggers for new work and make it multi layered and playful. Her work won many awards and is purchased by leading collectors and museums.
Joep van Lieshout
Joep van Lieshout is one of the most successful and best-selling artists in the Netherlands. For Lensvelt AVL has designed special pieces of furniture that have become very popular amongst Dutch interior designers. Many of his designs, such as AVL Shaker and AVL Office Chair, have become modern classics in the interior design industry. Things that inspired Joep van Lieshout to create art, have also inspired him to design furniture. The AVL Shaker was named after a close community with bizarre habits, at the end of the 19th century lived in America. This community has also inspired van Lieshout in 2002 to establish his own community, AVL Ville.
Jurgen Bey began his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven between 1984-1989 and subsequently taught there for six years next to running his own designstudio. Bey soon attracted media attention through his early collaborative projects within the Droog collective such as Treetrunk Bench (1999) and Gardening Bench (1999), works that catapulted the designer onto the world stage. His interest lies in pursuing a 'layered' and conceptual approach to design, and discovering delight in the hidden qualities of the world we live within. In 2002 Bey set up Studio Makkink & Bey together with Architect Rianne Makkink.
Maarten Baas (1978) graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2002 and caused international sensations with his graduate collection, the Smoke furniture range. Baas literally set fire to old chairs and tables before coating them in an epoxy resin to preserve the charred remains. By stripping away ornament Baas diminishes the hands-off preciousness of design and brings the objects closer to their true purpose, as common tables and chairs. The brilliantly coloured Clay series carries this idea of functional imperfection further. By hand-modelling a clay composite around basic metal structures, Baas creates organic forms that differ with each piece.
Marcel Wanders graduated cum laude from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. Wanders' fame started with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1996. He is now ubiquitous, designing for the biggest European contemporary design manufacturers like B&B Italia, Bisazza, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, Droog Design and Moooi of which he is also art director and co-owner. Founded in 2000, Moooi has grown into an internationally renowned design label. Various designs of Marcel Wanders have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world.
Roderick Vos (1965) has a special, intuitive, way of working. From a small sketch, which he immediately workes out to actual scale, an initial prototype follows. It allows him to come into touch with every aspect of form, the handling of the materials and production during the creative process. Many of his products, despite an industrial semblance, retain a typically craftsmanlike appeal. In 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, he has his own design studio with his wife Claire Teeuwen, designing for companies like Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Functionals and Moooi. His work is included in museum collections, such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Museum of Arts & Design New York.
Richard Hutten (1967) started his own design studio in 1991, working on a variety of projects such as: furniture-, product-, interior- and exhibition design. He is one of the most internationally successful Dutch designers. His work is part of the permanent collections of, among others, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art Amsterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Vitra Museum Weil am Rhein and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Hutten is well known for what he refers to as 'No sign of design' furniture: functional furniture in a highly conceptual and humorous style. Richard Hutten is also acting as creative Director for the NgispeN label.
Scholten & Baijings
Stefan Scholten (1972) and Carole Baijings (1973) combine minimal forms and balanced use of colour with traditional crafts techniques and industrial production in a distinctive design style. Their close involvement in the production process results in design with both a perfect finish and a personal signatuur. The finesse, entrancing colours and subtle use of materials in their work have earned considerable admiration in the international design world. Wallpaper Magazine has nominated them as its designer of 2011 and they were awarded with the Elle Decoration International Design Awards (EDIDA) for 'Young Designer Talent 2011'.
Studio Job was founded in 1997 by Job Smeets (1969) and Nynke Tynagel (1977). Both Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel graduated from Eindoven Design Academy.
Their works balance between design and autonomous art. They have created items for Moooi, Makkum and Bisazza and have worked for renowned companies like Royal Tichelaar and Swarovski. Studio Job's designs have been accessioned into the collection of various museums in the Netherlands and abroad. Their presentations at the Salon du Meuble in Paris, the Salone del Mobile in Milan and Art Basel Miami were received with great enthusiasm.
Studio Parade was founded in 1991 by Eric Sloot and Paulien Berendsen, both graduated at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Studio Parade is a multi disciplinary designstudio operating in the field of product design and environmental design. The working area of Studio Parade extends from interiors and furniture, to exhibitions and products for public spaces. In 2007 they have joined forces with renowned Dutch furniture brand Spectrum, where they act as Art Directors for the furniture range. The work of Studio Parade is characterised by 'streamlined' silhouettes and unconventional solutions created out of passionate search for a strong identity.
Tejo Remy works as a product, interior and public space designer together with Rene Veenhuizen in Utrecht. Considering everything as material, Remy incorporates existing information, circumstances, or found goods into new situations. Having collaborated with Droog since its inception with the 1991 classics Chest of drawers, Rag Chair and Milk bottle lamps, Remy has reached international acclaim. His commissioners and exhibitors include Museum of Art and Design in New York, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in New York, MoMA in New York, Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and ACME Gallery in Los Angeles.
Willem Hendrik Gispen
Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890-1981) was a Dutch industrial designer and architect, best known for his Modernist steel tube office furniture and lighting designs. He was a founding member of the Opbouw architectural movement in Holland. Gispen's Rotterdam factory produced serial production lamps and furniture, which were widely distributed throughout Europe. His aesthetic was well marketed and his advertisements brought forth some of Holland's earliest typographers and photographers onto the international Modernist stage. Gispen's designs are noted for their contributions to the burgeoning international Functionalist style epitomized by the Bauhaus school.