A Day With… Kiki Van Eijk and Joost Van Bleiswijk.

Joost

Being part of a new generation of highly talented dutch designers Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk are both graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven and have worked for brands like MOOOI, Swarovski and institutions such as Studio Li Edelkoort Paris.

Together, and individually, using a mix of contemporary and traditional Dutch influences, they create the most playful of designs and products on the market which could all be considered art. The combination of Joost’s boyishly clever, majestic designs and Kiki’s delicate and feminine work, create the perfect response to their country’s heritage.

During Dutch Design Week Kiki and Joost opened their new studio space in Eindhoven. They shared a day with us earlier in the year when they were busy with new designs…

Kiki
9:00am Welcome to my studio! I share this studio with Joost van Bleiswijk and we work here with a team of interns and free-lancers.

1.-09.00-start-of-day

We always start the day with coffee and tea. So this time our intern Ward is the one who’s making our drinks!

2.-preparing-coffee

First thing in the morning; explaining a new project to my assistants.

3.-discussing-work

We’re working together on a set of models that we present to a gallery from Rome called Secondome who will launch a show with me in march and later in april at salone del mobile Milano.

5.-model-making

While working I discuss with my team which direction we are going with this project.

13.-model-making

It takes a lot of time to get the right shape and proportions.

10.-model-making

And these models are very detailed, but small; scale 1:10.

4.-model-making

At the same time there are some new products I want to produce in ceramics, to show during the dutch design week in Eindhoven. (17-25 october)

8.-clay-work

I do a lot of models myself with my assistants. Here you see some moulds that are just casted with a brandnew soft shade inside!

9.-clay-work

After pouring some ceramics I continue with my models.

7.-model-making

12:30pm Lunchtime! We take a good break and have a family style lunch all together.

11.-12.30-lunch

I’m working on some new textile designs…

12.-computer-graphics

I find it important to make as many models and options as necessary to find the best idea.

6.-model-making

Vincent is already working for days on the tiny models!!

14.-model-making

6. 30pm End of a very nice and productive day. I say goodbye to my team!

15.-18.30-goodbye-team

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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