Thanks to the grant from the Stichting Stokroos (Hollyhock Foundation), we’ve been able to create an object in silver for the Nederlands Zilvermuseum (Dutch Silver Museum) in Schoonhoven. Inspired by the stamped vase that we were commissioned to design for the province of North Brabant, we decided to make a bowl based on the same manufacturing process. However, we had a more transparent design in mind for the stamped bowl and we finally decided to include the bowl in the collection. In addition to the unique silver bowl, the stamped bowl can be produced in copper, brass and aluminium.
Two color furniture
It doesn't often happen, but this idea was totally unexpected, or at least, I can't remember which hop, step and jump or associative thought preceded it. Wanting to apply colour as a part of the design was already a theme. Due to the large surface area of the sheeting material from which the furniture is made, the crisis collection, once completed, turned out to be eminently suitable as a bearer of colour. In the case of the one-beam benches, it's actually a starting point that they should be produced in primary colours; the intention is to introduce a set of colours into the new porcelain lamps too. The idea for this design is to spray the bottom as you would the base plate of a car, and leave the upper part untreated, paying no attention to the dividing line between base and top in the process. The colour transition happens where the top meets the bottom.
Crisis chair new colors
Milled oak bowls
As with a great number of other products in the collection, irritation over the creation of worthless waste material while making one product formed the inspiration for a new product (or design?). The blocks of wood are glued together, levelled on one side and worked on the milling machine using moulds. This is waste processed on a high-quality machine, which provides maximum added value. Since 2002, when we bought the first computer-controlled milling machine, innumerable products have been created there, among which the products from the crisis collection are perhaps the most important. Since we acquired a second milling machine offering greater possibilities, new ideas and products are again bubbling to the surface. The milled bowls fit seamlessly into our tradition of not throwing things away and of getting the most out of the opportunities that we have ourselves created.