Each year, Design Academy Eindhoven graduates a promising new roster of talent. Elsewhere in The Netherlands, designers of every stripe (working in everything from textiles to 3-D printing) are catching the world's attention.
Industrial designers Frederik Roijé and Victor le Noble founded New—a manufacturer of contemporary pieces by young Dutch designers—in an unlikely creative hot spot: Duivendrecht, a town located southeast of Amsterdam. The company yields well-crafted, usable designs—with plenty of that famous Dutch tongue-in-cheek sensibility—that can all be made affordably.
JOOST AND KIKI
Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk—known as Joost & Kiki—have gained a following for their conceptual art–based furniture, but recent pieces signal a change. Upcoming collaborations include Dutch design power brand Moooi and furniture whose hue is inspired by Delft blue pottery.
Courtesy of: Nienke Klunder + Wiglius de Bie
DIRK VANDER KOOIJ
Dirk Vander Kooij's furniture is inspired by a form created with a 30-year-old 3-D printer. Exaggerated lines have become his decorative signature and make his digitally crafted pieces "look like handmade rope furniture." You can buy his pieces, like the Chubby Chair, at Amsterdam's vanguard design shop The Frozen Fountain.
Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders label their collaborative oeuvre Daphna Laurens because they work so closely. “It’s like finishing each other’s sentences,” says Manders. “We could not work without each other.” Each of their pieces, like the Cirkel Leaning Lamp, is first conceived by cutting paper to make amoebic collages, an abstract beginning that affects each piece's end use.
Amsterdam-based Mara Skujeniece is a product designer whose work often narrates an underlying story: Porcelain candleholders have felt coasters that mimic the containers’ shadows; a series of barn drawings she made during a visit to her native Latvia inspired a line of blankets for the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.
Frank Tjepkema founded his industrial design firm, Tjep., in Amsterdam in 2001 and has since produced objects in scales from minute to massive. On the tinier end of the spectrum, he has designed conceptual but wearable jewelry for Dutch design leaders Gijs Bakker and Marijke Vallanzasca. On the larger side, he's completed commercial interiors ranging from restaurants to airport kiosks.
LOTTY LINDEMAN AND WOUTER SCHEUBLIN
Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin's wood and ceramics workshop is located within designer Piet Hein Eek’s building, a former Philips factory in Eindhoven that was remodeled in 2010 into a furniture factory, restaurant, and several storefront ateliers. Lindeman’s and Scheublin’s work displays a kinetic quality. “We like to be artfully expressive, but the goal is to make products that function in everyday life,” Lindeman says.