Winner of best new furniture design at Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2015, &New is a modern furniture brand created by a British-Finnish design duo Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn. &New was launched in January 2014 and was tipped by The Architectural Digest as one of ‘five UK based brands and design studios worth keeping an eye on’. Distinctly modern with elegant lines, &New’s steel furniture collection is recognisable by it’s minimal powder-coated form. All &New products are manufactured in Britain. &New aims to produce pieces that are long-lasting and strong as well as beautiful. The products are made in small batches and they all have plenty of individual character as every weld is different. The result is a collection of furniture that celebrates the imperfections that make objects beautiful. Discover their shop on CROWDYHOUSE.
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Designer Spotlight : Fabrikoos – Digital craftsmen
This monthly selection is also a great opportunity to introduce you to one of our brand new designers: Fabrikoos. It is an independant design studio based in Delft, the Netherlands.
Fabrikoos is using the newest digital production techniques to make your brand new piece of furniture sustainably without the use of any screws, nails or glue. Digital production techniques like 3D printing and CNC milling are capable of turning a digital design into a physical object instantly. In this way the European manufacturing industry can once more compete with outsourced mass production. There are even predictions of a 4th Industrial Revolution based on digital production techniques. At Fabrikoos, they know the capabilities and the limitations of their own 5m wide CNC milling machine inside out and integrate this knowledge in their designs. Thanks to the 0.1mm precision of their CNC milling machine, the furniture can be slotted together and taken apart in no time, with no need for fastenings. This type of assembly results in a clear and functional aesthetic, resulting in a pure product made out of one type of (sheet) material, on one (CNC) machine, with one (digital) file: digital craftsmanship! Discover their shop on CROWDYHOUSE.
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Designer Spotlight : DRAAJ – Fresh designer on CROWDYHOUSE
This monthly selection is also a great opportunity to introduce you to one of our brand new designers: DRAAJ. DRAAJ is an independent studio and workplace located in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The DRAAJ collection consists of handcrafted objects designed by the artist, wood turner and musician Karim Eharruyen. With loving devotion, he works on these objects in his atelier Houtzaagmolen De Ster, which happens to be an ancient saw mill. Karim does not consider himself as a creator, but rather a discoverer of existing forms and structures. He does not want to impose a specific meaning, but just passes on what the earth already offers. He invites you to play freely with the objects, feel the shapes, arrange them as you please. Give your own DRAAJ (twist) to them. Wood lives. Each piece has it’s own history, a story that is reflected in the growth rings, the grain and the knots. Like a human being, every wooden object therefore is unique. Karim nurtures these stories with compassion and let them flourish in his objects. He works exclusively with sustainable timber. With wood species that have grown up not too far away. If possible, he offers found wood a second life. Because recycling materials often have rich stories to tell. And recycling reduces the impact of the production process on nature. DRAAJ objects can be obtained, among other materials, in oak, maple, pear and walnut. Discover his store on CROWDYHOUSE.
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Our fresh designs/monthly selections are back again! This time we have combined two months that mark both the end of the spring and the beginning of summer; and with that mood in mind we have chosen the best new designs on CROWDYHOUSE for you to enjoy! From special furniture for your living room, to perfect additions to your home decoration and useful designs for the outdoor season, this monthly selection is going to get you in the mood for summer. Keep reading to find the best products for designers all over the world on CROWDYHOUSE.
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Laura Bin recently launched their latest product The Rising Balance candleholder exclusively on CROWDYHOUSE. Please find below the press release and launch statement by the designers.
The Rising Balance candleholder inspires the dynamic between two great elements: earth and fire. While your tea light burns and becomes lighter, the circular stone follows the movement downwards. While in transition, the two elements remain in constant equilibrium.
The Rising Balance candleholder consists of three brass components, which were cut into shape by water, before being carefully sanded, polished and folded by hand. The circular stone is made of basalt, a volcanic rock, and counterbalances any tea light with a maximum diameter of 39 mm.
About Laura Bin
Designers Laura Klinkenberg and Bin Xu are engaged with developing the label Laura Bin. The Rising Balance candleholder is Laura Bin’s first entry towards accessible products, considerable time and effort is spent on the design process. Besides form, function and interaction, Laura Bin seek to find content within their work. Currently Laura Bin is involved with the sale of the candleholder and is waiting for suitable circumstances to launch its next two designs.
The full press release and high resolution pictures can be found here.
Studio Hamerhaai, located in Haarlem, Netherlands, was created by couple Niki Schoondergang and Boudewijn Van Den Bosch. Their love for wood with a life drove them to create the now famous Rijkswachters, design robots made from wooden crates in which the works of art of the Dutch Rijksmuseum were kept during the decade the museum was under construction.
They’re smart, they’re fun and they’re great! Read our exclusive interview with Niki and Boudewijn, and find out more about them and the story behind the Rijkswachters.
Boudewijn, 40, graduated from university with a degree on Chemistry. However, he pursued a career as a sound engineer and director in TV. He also had a passion for designing and making furniture, which started as a hobby, but then became his full-time profession.
Niki, 32, followed a career in the world of theatre and TV. She was a freelance producer and researcher, as well as organizing corporate events and teaching event management at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht.
They met in 2003, both working in TV, and fell in love. After Niki started helping Boudewijn with new designs, sales and finances, they soon decided to focus full-time on their design projects, which is when Studio Hamerhaai was born.
About their work
Tell us about the story behind the Rijkswachters, how did you come up with the idea?
In general, we use a lot of transportation crates for our designs. We love them because they have cool prints on them (text as “this side up,” “handle with care,” arrows, glasses of wine, umbrellas, etc.), and the wood is of good quality (because they ship across the world, so it has to protect the pieces). At one point we realized that we needed more crates to meet the demand for our designs. But who in the Netherlands had more of those transportation boxes?
Boudewijn had a brainwave. In that period the Rijksmuseum was under construction, and all those artworks should had been stored somewhere, which would have probably been boxes, right? Bingo! We were a bit too early (about 2 years) but the summer the Rijksmuseum opened, we were able to pick up the boxes with a truck (or 4 🙂 ).
Those boxes had been in the depot for more than 10 years and we discovered there was an accurate administration to manage which piece of art was in which box. It really made sense to have such an administration because ALL the art of the Rijksmuseum was stored. That’s 1 million pieces of art!
The people working at the depot had cared for them with so much love, it was really great to see. And they were very happy their waste could get a second life. So we combined the boxes (and their accurate administration) with our love for robots, and we designed the Rijkswachters.
How has people reacted to the story behind the Rijkswachters?
We really loved the Rijkswachters, so we put it in the open. The response was (and still is) really great! People really like the robots and love the idea of retracing the origin of the material.
It first was a side project, but it has taken over our business :-)! It’s now the foundation of our studio and gives us room to design and prototype our other ideas. And yes, we still have many boxes left and yes, we still enjoy making robots!
You are both life partners and business partners, how is that like? What are the good things and challenges of working and living together?
Our private and business lives are totally intertwined. We are our own bosses and we love what we do. We work hard, but try to have as much family-time together as possible. (So yes, we stop working at times, but when the children are asleep we’ll work again!) It has its perks, but also its downsides. For example, you can’t really complain to your spouse about the discussion you had with your colleague at work because it’s the same person! Ha! 😉
What is Niki’s strength? What is Boudewijn’s strength? Do you think you complement each other as a couple and working partners?
Boudewijn is full of ideas. He always sees the possibilities of a situation and manages to make something out of (almost) nothing. Niki is an organizer and loves telling stories, no matter which medium. She’s very precise and uses her helicopter view to keep the studio on track.
So yeah, you could say we complement each other!
How is it like being a mother/father and a designer? What are the perks and challenges?
Our eldest was so proud her father came to her school to make some market stalls for the school. The whole class helped, using real screwdrivers and hammers. Talk of the day! I think we face all of the challenges balancing work and a family as any parent. We’re so lucky to have their grandparents nearby, and they understand the challenges (being freelancers in the arts themselves).
What is the most fulfilling aspect of being a designer for you?
It’s still so cool to make stuff you love, and other people like it so much they want to give you their hard earned money. It makes us proud.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Creating every day.
What is your least favourite part?
The noise in our workshop!
Quick Q&A with Niki and Boudewijn
If I could choose one thing to take to a desert Island I would take…
The Avalanches with “Since I Left You”
I can’t start my day without…
If money and time were not a problem I would go to…
Buy land close to the city, where we could live, have a spacious garden with a kitchen garden (moestuin) and have a workshop, workspaces for other makers and a gallery (yeah, even more entwined business and private lives!)
When I am not working I love to…
Boudewijn: listen to music and go to concerts
Niki: sew my own clothes
If I could have a super power, it would be…
Boudewijn: No more needing to sleep (you have twice as much time!)
Niki: I would love to fly. (but first I should overcome my fear of heights ;-))
Meet Jantine and Vivian, together they are April and May, one of the most influential blogs in the design industry. Jantine and Vivian believe there is a story in everything. Together they create, inspire and curate.
Recently April and May designed a new collection of mirrors for Loof. Loof is a Dutch furniture brand that loves working with wood and honest materials with a natural finish and a serene geometry.
Vivian Hoebe, one of the founders of April and May: “A mirror is an item we use every day, this especially made us so enthusiastic to come up with a beautiful design. A product that we cherish every day and with a handy shelf as a great extra to combine function and aesthetics.” With this collaboration Loof underlines its ambition to collaborate with inspiring parties and to team up with those who hold the same beliefs.
By adding this mirror to the collection, Loof enters other rooms besides the bedroom. Mirror Sight feels at home in the hall, the bathroom and the living room too.
Mirror Sight is beauty with a function. The design with the rounded corners gives the mirror a serene and elegant look, the thickness of the plywood ensures a bold edge. Mirror and oak veneer are combined in perfect balance. On the shelf of Model S and Model M is room for small products, such as perfume, a scented candle or jewellery. Due to the thickness of the plywood and the bevelled edge, the mirror stands out against its background: something beautiful should not be overlooked.
Recently April and May joined CROWDYHOUSE. Next to the Mirror Sight collection April and May has designed beds for Loof. CROWDYHOUSE is the place where they show their own collection in one place.
Summer is coming! That means great weather for outdoor plans, weekend getaways and fun in the sun. CROWDYHOUSE loves summer, and we wanted this year to be a special one for you. Therefore, we have selected some of the best products available on our website that we think will make your summer 2016 an unforgettable one. Whether you are travelling, hosting a barbecue, or planning a beach day with your friends and family, we made sure to have at least one product for every occasion. Take a look at what we are talking about!
The Sac Marin is the perfect bag to explore a new city, to go to the beach, or simply to use every day during summer. This cotton duffle bag was designed after sisters Valérie and Caroline Hebel realized the need for a perfect bag to use while travelling; one that was light, big enough for your personal belongings, and easy to carry.
They dye the cotton themselves and make sure to produce each bag with care and love. Marin et Marine offers a variety of colours and sizes for you to choose your perfect summer bag!
With the wheel bench by Weltevre, you will never have to worry about finding the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the weather, as it is easily movable and it only takes one person to do it!
Perfect for your backyard, to enjoy the sunset, a nice meal, or simply taking a break outside. The wheel bench is made out of oak wood directly from The Netherlands, and it is an invitation to create your perfect spot, wherever that is.
After a long day, settle down and enjoy the sunset. You can take the field chair to the park, the beach, or your friend’s house. It is easy to transport and super comfortable to give you the rest you deserve.
The field chair is made out of wood, inspired by a clever, well-known farmer’s construction and offers the perfect sitting for what summer is about: relaxing and enjoy.
Summertime calls for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of nice, cooled wine? That is why the “Hat” wine cooler is so cool! It not only keeps your wine cool, but it is also an incredible design that will give style to the occasion.
What better way to relax than by rocking back and forth while listening to the waves come and go? That’s why we think the beach rocker by Weltevree is a design you want to have this summer. The beach rocker is simple, yet beautifully made and designed to never go out of style.
Available in two variations, red and blue or yellow and green, the beach rocker will make your summer even more relaxing.
Summer season equals patio, terraces, and balcony season. Manuela Balcony Table allows you to enjoy a drink, a coffee, a smoke, or anything you want in the comfort of your own balcony. It is designed for those small European balconies that are not big enough for a complete table and chair set.
The name comes from Manuela Malasaña, the Spanish neighbourhood in which the creators of the table had the amazing idea of designing a small table without legs or installation requirements for summer balcony season!
The beach chair by Weltevree allows you to enjoy your summer days in the beach, while being authentic by choosing a classic but beautiful design.
The beach chair is available in two variations, red and blue or yellow and green, which refer in a subtle way to the horizon, which always looks different depending on the environment and time of day. With the beach chair, your summer days in the beach will be special.
The idea comes from a German bourgeois tradition for regular meetings with friends and always at the same place.StammTisch by Niruk is everybody’s individual mobile meeting point – in the countryside, in town or even at home.
The Guidelight by Weltevree is a must have this summer. It is beautiful, practical, and serves for every occasion. Whether you are going on a camping trip, or just want some decoration to light your patio table, the Guidelight is useful for any situation.
Available in green and red, the Guidelight will turn any unexpected spot you land in into your home.
Our number one summer product for 2016 is the Daddy’s Fire plate by Daddy’s Brand! Summer season calls for barbecues and outdoor cooking, the Daddy’s Fire plate is the perfect design to have for it.
Pour a drink, throw some wood on your fire and place the plate on your fire pit. Daddy’s Fire plate is always stand-bye for all your grilling, roasting and baking experiments. Place the iron plate on your fire pit or self-built fireplace, it’s as easy as that!
We have showed you the designs we think will make your summer great. If you want to see more products for the summer season, make sure to check out our 2016 outdoor collection. Now it’s your time to decide what kind of summer you want to have!
Dora Kloppenburg is a Dutch designer located in Utrecht. Following her childhood dream of becoming a designer, she launched her own brand Dorain 2013 specializing in shoes and accessories.
Dora Kloppenburg is mostly inspired by the Russian constructivism in art and architecture. She cares deeply about the quality of her designs, as well as knowing her raw materials are produced in the right working conditions, in the most sustainable way possible. Her work is simple and clean, with special details that make it unique.
CROWDYHOUSE had the opportunity to sit with Dora Kloppenburg and talk about her story, the meaning behind her work, and the unique way in which she designs her products.
I started at the Technical School for Pattern and Fashion Design, and after that I studied fashion and textile at the KABK (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague. Later on I switched to product design at the HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht), where I specialized in designing and making shoes.
What does a typical working day involve for you?
Every day is different. My day usually depends on the orders, the events or the trademarks I have. Some days are mostly about emailing and ordering materials. Other days I produce new stock, and others I work on research for new products.
How did you get to where you are today?
I always wanted to be a fashion designer as a kid, that is why I started studying fashion. But later on I wanted to learn to work with different materials, so switched to product design. Now I mostly design fashion accessories. I think this is a great combination of both: drawing patterns, stitch the leather, and sew and sandpaper all the wooden parts.
Where are you based and why?What do you love about it?
I am living in Utrecht for one year now. I lived in The Hague for eight years, but I wanted a change so I moved to Utrecht. I love that it is a really young city with a lot of creativity.
Dora’s creation process
Can you tell us a little bit about how you started Dora?
After my graduation I worked at a textile design studio called Tas-ka, as a designer and product developer, and learned a lot about having your own business. I was really curious about that, so I started my own brand.
I think it took me half a year to create a saleable collection, which was a big step for me, because I mostly created conceptual designs. The BLOCKS collection (see 4 Block Necklace Zebrano) was my first wearable set of designs. I presented the BLOCKS (see Block Hairband Beech) collection on the Dutch Design Week and from then on I got different selling points for my products.
What has been the most exciting thing that has happened so far?
All the adventures it brings me. My exhibitions on the Dutch Design Week, my show on the Amsterdam Fashion Week, and one of the most special things was a big exhibition in a huge museum in Leipzig where my work was the opening of the exhibition.
What is the worst thing that has happened?
All the financial things that come with having your own business.
Could you tell us a little bit about the process involved in designing Dora products?
I do a lot of research in the library. I like to be there and find beautiful books about new artists. After collecting new inspiration I start to translate this into form and colour studies. I almost never sketch; I like to make 3D models. I have boxes full of old models in my studio.
Do you have a favourite part of the design process?
Yes! Making the models and translating all the ideas in my head to a 3D model.
What is the most painstaking part of the process?
If it is a product that should be for sale in stores, you have to think about what is realistic. How much can the material cost, how much time do I spend on it… I like that challenge; but sometimes it is also great to make free, autonomous work, where you don’t have to think about what is realistic.
How long does the process of hand-making a wallet take?
I think a wallet takes me an hour. From cutting the leather to sewing the model.
Who, where & what inspires you?
For my graduation shoe-collection ‘REMOTION,’ I used the Russian constructivism in art and architecture as a starting point. I researched constructions that are driven by mankind, just as Oskar Schlemmer did in his ‘Triadisch Ballet.’ The shoe-collection is a series of constructions that show the movement of the feet and use man as a machine to drive the construction.
From this collection on, my biggest fascinations are construction and structures that can be changed by the user, but in a smaller, simpler way. You can also see that in the jewellery and leather goods that I make.
The series BLOCKS is a jewellery collection inspired by wooden play blocks. The user can explore the different possibilities of the jewellery and play with the blocks. The jewellery is handmade in the Netherlands, made out of residual wood from the shipbuilding. Different woods are used such as walnut, mahogany and beech.
The series FOLD is a leather goods collection. This collection plays with the in and outside of the products. What happens on the inside becomes visible on the outside in colour and form. The wallets, cardholders, key chains and bags are all handmade in the Netherlands.
Do you use sustainable or recycled materials?
Yes, I do! Every product is handmade in the Netherlands from residual wood and eco-leather from a small tannery in Germany.
Why is this important to you?
I think it is really important to know where the products you buy come from; if it is made in a good working condition, if the materials that are used are as environmentally friendly as possible, etc. I also think that you will get a better quality product if you do this, and it is really worth spending your money on.
Do you make all the products by hand? If so, why is this important?
Yes, I do. It is important because I like to know if every product is made the right way and if the quality is good enough to be sold.
Where do you source the raw materials?
The leather is from a small tannery in Germany, and for the wood I work together with a woodworker to use his residual wood for the jewellery.
What are your plans going forward; do you have any exciting new products or ideas in the pipeline?
I would like to work on an affordable shoe collection. Also, I would like to produce some of my products in a nice factory, with good circumstances.
Quick Q&A with Dora Kloppenburg
If I could choose one thing to take to a desert island I would take…. My notebook. Then I would have all the time in the world to think about new ideas
I can’t start my day without… a good breakfast. I love eating!!
If money and time were not a problem I would go to…. a year trip with our new camper driving to Morocco and further.
When I am not working I love to… sleep, eat, chat.
If I could have a super power it would be… to never be tired.
Het Financiele Dagblad features CROWDYHOUSE’s co-founder Suzan Claesen
In February 2016 Het Financiele Dagblad mentions Suzan Claesen on the list of most successful platform founders.
The Dutch business and finance newspaper includes the CROWDYHOUSE’s co-founder among 5 profiles of successful start-up founders.
In their article, Het Financiele Dagblad presents personal stories of the platforms’ founders, focusing on the motivation behind their businesses and ideas for future development.
According to the article there is a growing need for online platforms in society. CROWDYHOUSE and other global businesses like Uber, Airbnb or Catawiki are becoming more and more popular due to the raise of a platform generation.
The article closes with a forecast for the beginning of a platform revolution.