Designers

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Carolina Wilcke’s (1980) interest for all things creative is life-long. Before her initial training as a goldsmith, she wanted to be a sculptor and quotes Brâncuși as one of her influences. In 2009 she graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, specializing in interior products that are on the edge of art and design. Since then her work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world.

Carolina’s background as a goldsmith leads to a refinement in her work. Her endless search for the perfect aesthetic proportion and fairness in the design make her designs pure and clear. Through her pieces, she leaves an identifiable signature. “My background as a goldsmith is also visual in the rest of my work, even when I design a big cabinet. Not only in the way I construct it, but also in the details.”

PRODUCTS BY CAROLINA WILCKE

PRODUCTS BY CAROLINA WILCKE

Chris Slutter has been fascinated with machinery ever since he can remember. In fact, he originally considered becoming an electrician or carpenter. Luckily for the design world, he changed his mind and enrolled AKI Academy for Visual Arts and Design in Enschede. It was the right decision: in 1997, the year he graduated, he won a Dutch Furniture Award for his “Lazy” lamp.
PRODUCTS BY CHRIS SLUTTER

PRODUCTS BY CHRIS SLUTTER

Constant Nieuwenhuys (Amsterdam 1920 – 2005 Utrecht) is one of the most important Dutch artists of the twentieth century. He was one of the founders of Cobra (1948-1951), the international group of artists that initiated a turn in the history of painting after WW II. Beginning of the fifties he started making spacious constructions, an indication of his later urban development New Babylon. That he also designed furniture in the mid fifties, at request of Spectrum, hardly no one knows.

As an artist Constant was very much socially involved. Central in his work is the question whether the need to creative expression of individuals can lead to a social revolution. Art is his eyes wasn’t a matter of pure beauty, but an expression of a deep sense of life. To renew himself, Constant was looking for a new abstract imagery. In the fifties he made a large number of constructions that weren’t only meant as independant sculptures but also as architectural scale models. Therefor, besides his brush, also the soldering iron became an important tool. End of the fifties these constructions were incorporated in New Babylon, a design for an imaginary world city of the future. Here mankind wouldn’t have to work anymore and could develop his creativity to the max.

PRODUCTS BY CONSTANT NIEUWENHUYS

PRODUCTS BY CONSTANT NIEUWENHUYS

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Utrecht, 24 June 1888-25 June 1964), architect and furniture designer learned the skills of cabinetmaker in the workshop of his father and updated his skills in (drawing) architecture. Because of this he became acquainted with members of a movement called “De Stijl”, such as Robert van ’t Hoff, Bart van der Leck and Theo van Doesburg. In 1919 Rietveld established himself as an independent architect and joined “De Stijl”. Rietveld’s furniture designs from this period of time, in the characteristic primary colors (red, yellow, blue) are pure realizations of the point of view of “De Stijl”.
PRODUCTS BY GERRIT RIETVELD

PRODUCTS BY GERRIT RIETVELD

Prolific, charismatic, and inventive, Roderick Vos explores the intersection of East and West, tradition and modernity. Design is part of his heritage. His great-grandfather and grandfather were skilled craftsmen, and his father founded Maupertuus, the pioneering Dutch design store. Vos himself is a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven and currently shares a studio with textile designer Claire Vos, his wife.
PRODUCTS BY RODERICK VOS

PRODUCTS BY RODERICK VOS