“Handcrafted and sustainably produced, but always correct in detail and workmanship”
“I start with a general, rough idea, work and scrape it as a sculptor, leaving the essential characteristics of the design. My designs are also straightforward, logical and practical. ”
Born and raised in’s-Hertogenbosch. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Technical School and graduated as industrial designer at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven. Gijs was inseparably linked with Dutch design brand Montis where he designed several classics such as Spica, Windy and most successful bank; Axel. Designs now as a freelance designer: GijsPapavoineDesign for various national and international companies. He received the Red Dot Design Award for Basso seating system in 2011.
“My roots are industrial design, not art. The designs are pure in their simplicity, yet versatile. I work with simple basic shapes in combination with a refined, elegant lines. its straightforward, is the strength of my designs. The designs are a creative expression of my own personality. Strong graphical elements, complemented by flowing forms, featuring my work. A perfect blend of pure lines and functionality, “says Gijs.
Sources of inspiration are the encounters and conversations with people you work for and deal with it. Open to everything that happened in the world and your immediate surroundings. The starting point is always to bring a concept to a logical solution. “I start with a general, rough idea, work and scrape it as a sculptor, leaving the essential characteristics of the design. My designs are also straightforward, logical and practical.” Designs for Spoinq reflect my goal to combine pure simplicity with original distinctive features. Add something new to what is already there.
Bart Vos ( Groningen the Netherlands, 1969) is the co-owner and creative director of the famous Vos Interior in “Maupertuus” , Groningen .
Bart completed his studies at KABK in the Hague in 1992. (Architecture, Interiordesign and Furniture-design ). After his trainee-ship at TAO Architects Tokyo , he designed in 1994 together with Architects “Maupertuus”. Since 1996 Bart works as architect, interior-architect and product designer for as well compagnies and private homes in the Netherlands as well as abroad . Bart works for various brands.
“Even before making the outline of a model, in my head I have already tested all the technical possibilities and impossibilities. Model and technology are intertwined in my head. Then I start sketching.”
Gerard van den Berg (1947) is a Dutch designer who is both nationally and internationally recognized. Gerard found expression for his creativity at an early age and has been developing this ever since. His designs combine his creativity with his extensive knowledge of the furniture business, which he acquired from his father. “Even before making the outline of a model, in my head I have already tested all the technical possibilities and impossibilities. Model and technology are intertwined in my head. Then I start sketching.” Gerard started his own furniture company in 1991 called Label. His designs are sold worldwide including the successful designs Hidde and Tiba. Gerard’s designs are striking and simple and above all must be comfortable to sit on. He is inspired by nature and uses only the finest natural materials. For him, good design means thinking in pure, clean lines.
Gerard van den Berg has won several awards, including the Kho Liang Price (1984), the Mobilia innovation award (1990), the price for Interior Decoration (1991) and the prize for best Dutch furniture design (1984 and 1997 ). Gerard has designed for other brands such as Montis and Designonstock.
Burobas is curious, open-minded and involved.
Bas Lamers, Bas van Rooij and their staff listen sharply to their clients. In the centre of Dutch design, Eindhoven, they work on design solutions that work for the end users. They consider this as their strength since it is always about the people who use their furniture. Burobas searches for the dialogue with the user which leads to insights that had never arise during the drawing process.
Burobas designs interiors for residential care buildings, small scale residential facilities for pg-residents, schools, offices and furniture. Informal interiors where people come together and stimulates them to explore their talents.
“A project is only successful if an equilibrium is reached between material, form and use”
Celebrated Dutch designer, Ruud-Jan Kokke, designed the very first Spoinq collection. Chair Spoinq became the base for an entire collection by Ruud-Jan Kokke. Kokke typically seeks balance in his designs: “A project is only successful if an equilibrium is reached between material, form and use”. Kokke works principally with wood and steel, testing these materials to the limit. He refuses to be tied to one environment. In his work he regularly collaborates with designers from other disciplines to create for schools, businesses, government buildings and public spaces. This diversity makes Kokke a flexible partner with extensive knowledge of the complexity of the development task. He sees himself as a builder, with a great knowledge and love of materials and construction techniques.
Kokke has won several awards both nationally and internationally for his work. Several of his designs are already regarded as design classics and are included in the collections of the Municipal Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
“It is my goal to inspire others”
Marc Th. van der Voorn is a Dutch designer based in Utrecht, working in the field of product design. His approach is practical, hands on and collaborative. Self-initiated projects serve to experiment with materials and to challenge production processes to find, frequently, their way into commercial projects. His experience in design, product development and practical know-how make him a dedicated partner. His aim is to develop consumer products in collaboration with committed manufactures and brands. “Getting to know my clients is crucial in the design process. An intensive exchange of knowledge is a must. A team effect is needed to create a remarkable product that stands out”. Many of Marc’s design have found their way to customers around the world and have been published in international magazines and trend bibles. He gives guest lectures on Art schools, inspiring and coaching next generation designers. As a co- editor he writes for several blogs and magazines.
Roderick Vos (Groningen, The Netherlands, 1965) started his studies in Industrial Design at Eindhoven’s “Design Academy” in 1984.
In 1987, he moved to Japan for 8 months, where he found an excellent tutor at GK Industrial Associates/Tokyo, founded by Kenji Ekuan. In 1987, he worked as a trainee for 4 months at Studio Ingo Maurer in Munich. Roderick Vos being partly Asian himself, this particular period evidently had a large impact on his personal interest in Asian Culture and its works. In 1990, he graduated from the “Design Academy” (Men & Living division), and started working with his partner Claire Vos Teeuwen (Tegelen, 1965), an industrial designer too. Together they created the design office and showroom ‘Studio Roderick Vos’ based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Several of his works were acquired by prestigious museums, such as Stedelijk Amsterdam and Design & Arts Museum NY.
“All the world needs is good design.”
Ben Oostrum lives and works in Rotterdam. The city which breathes new designs and new ideas. His point of view: “All the world needs is good design.” As a designer at his own bureau, Boo, he focuses on product and interior design. Several products such as lighting, furniture and home accessories are not strange for Ben. As a designer he is known for his Bricks, Tiles and a Jenever Bottle. Amongst other things he is best known for the Crosslight, a lamp he designed in cooperation with Jan Melis for the Belgium Lighting Company DARK.
Ben Oostrum worked for both private costumers and companies like DARK, IdFrm, XALA, Spoinq, Havensteder, JB Lorenz, Canock Chase, Pol’s Potten, Goedewaagen, Onder de Boompjes, and more.
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