Design Auction at the Venduehuis

19 September, 2012



 The first Design Auction at the Venduehuis in The Hague, on October 10, 2012, draws near.
Of course we hope you will participate in the auction, and through this press release we would like to inform you of the latest developments.

Earlier we revealed that several unique seating objects, created by renowned Dutch designers, will be sold by auction with the slogan ‘a chair for charity’. With great pleasure we can now report that JAN DES BOUVRIE has been added to the list.



We are pleased to invite you to attend the Design Auction at the Venduehuis in The Hague on October 10, 2012, starting at 15.00! Or participate live online!



On invitation of Tim Erpenbeek de Wolff, managing director of the Venduehuis, 14 designers chose a chair from the collection and altered it at their discretion. Additionally, all designers were asked to select a charity to which the auction proceeds of their chair will go.



Ontwerpwerk’s creative director Ed Annink asked artist Christie van der Haak to upholster a classical reading chair because he admires her. She furnished the chair with homespun, colourful fabric. Annink then designed a folding screen to give the chair some privacy. In the 33 felted bags on the inside one can fit personal belongings such as a newspaper, an iPad, and a notebook. On the back 33 booklets and magazines stick that were once read or used by people who sat on this chair during the period of its creation: 1920 to 2011. This charming duo is in search of a unique owner.

Ed Annink is currently experiencing the importance of the KWF, the Dutch Cancer Society, on a daily basis, which makes this choice of fund a very personal one.


    Maarten Baas for AMNESTY


Maarten Baas transformed one chair into a diptych. Like mirrored brothers with radically different personalities they stand side by side: the simple wooden peasant’s chair and the special, valuable chair made of synthetic clay. The clay chair is in line with his previous works, ‘Clay Furniture’ and ‘The Plain Collection’. Unique furniture modelled by hand. This shows the prints of the fingers that moulded the clay around a metal frame.

Maarten Baas designed a chair for Amnesty International before: ‘The Empty Chair’. “Amnesty is an optimistic, hopeful symbol of freedom of speech. This is why I support their campaigns.”

 Sander Bokkinga for WAKKER DIER


My Little Dearhuntertje
Lighting fires and building huts. That was his childhood in the countryside. In the city of Rotterdam, Sander Bokkinga discovered his passion. Under the name bok. he works on projects concerning art, design, and architecture. In the stories his pieces tell, he plays with opposites, such as urban and rural, industrial and nature, and control and freedom. ‘My Little Dearhuntertje’ offers an unexpected view of the ordinary. His favoured themes can be found in the sculpture in which the original, wooden highchair plays a role.

If one were to ask bok., animal welfare should be taught at mother’s knee. Therefore Wakker Dier fits him like a glove.

     Jan des Bouvrie for KIKA


White used to be his trademark. Once upon a time, internationally renowned designer Jan des Bouvrie established himself with that signature. He founded his own design studio with that colour as a guiding principle. The black chair with white seat he chose merely underwent a mirrored metamorphosis. The simple design fits his motto: quality for everyone. The chair carries Des Bouvrie’s signature.

Jan des Bouvrie’s decision to support Kika Kinderen Kanker Vrij, a cancer foundation with a focus on children, is beyond dispute. He has been actively involved in the organisation for years, for example by participating in the auction of painted Ahrend furniture and the Painting With Children project.

 Kiki van Eijk for BOMENSTICHTING


Something blue, something old, something embroidered and something new!
A long, fitting title for what once was a white furnished chair. Kiki van Eijk reused the existing fabric type on the seat and took it to the Textile Museum’s Textile Lab in Tilburg. From her experiment a new type of fabric emerged. She has embroidered it by hand with images of trees and leaves.

They symbolise her charity of choice: the Bomenstichting (Tree Foundation). “The way we treat the earth and in particular the way we work with nature determine our future,” says Kiki van Eijk

 Ineke Hans for SOFA FONDS


Her furniture is often layered, colourful, and playful. Ineke Hans chose a chair with an openwork pattern on the back and once again created a cheerful and playful piece. She experimented with the milling machine that occupies the workshop next to her design studio. By working with a template, she milled four identical boards, including decorative holes. From two sawed planks the legs and shelf were made.

Stichting Sofa fits this project perfectly. The foundation supports special furniture and focuses specifically on young talented designers.

 Richard Hutten for WARCHILD


 Richard Hutten took two Casala chairs from the seventies and merged them together like Siamese twins, sharing one leg. The chair is based on the ‘Thing’ series from the nineties – a series in which Hutten composed chairs from a variety of seats and legs. The fragile layer of silver foil gives the chair a surrealistic air while at the same time referring to Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Factory’. The twin object calls for interaction between people by forcing them to sit face to face. But remember to sit carefully!

Hutten: “I think creativity is important, and I love children.” Warchild fits this, as the organisation helps children in war zones in creative – and successful – ways.


     Dirk Vander Kooij for KWF Kankerbestrijding


 All of a sudden, Dirk Vander Kooij became known for ‘Endless’, a robot that, in a seemingly endless motion, spews out wisps of refrigerator interiors and transforms them into chairs. He wanted to use this method to change a sweet children’s desk chair into an adult chair of recycled plastic. However, for the first time the robot did not produce an endless wisp, but seven separate parts, the exact same amount as that of the children’s chair. Hence the title ‘Endless Stops’.

His charity of choice is KWF, as he sees all around him how terrible a disease cancer is.




Jewellery designer Ted Noten, Artist of the Year 2012, chose a chair with an enormous bulge in its stiff seat. As though the chair absorbs a new memory whenever someone sits on it and grows larger until it has become a throne. As contrast, Noten replaced the old back with a cheerful, pink acrylic one. In order to allow the person who sits on the chair to house memories or personal belongings, Noten added a zipper into the seat. Or might the ‘enfant terrible’ have hidden his ‘Lady K Bag’ – an acrylic purse with a golden gun and bullet – or a brooch with a piece of bodywork from a Mercedes-Benz in it?

Noten found a suitable charity: the Nationale Stichting ter Bevordering van Vrolijkheid, a network of artists, dramatists and musicians who bring cheer to children in asylum seekers’ centres.


  Alexander Pelikan for ICEERS


 We know Alexander Pelikan from his Clic furniture that he can assemble in a digitally artisan manner, much like a construction kit. The chair he chose was so outspoken in terms of shape that Pelikan directly expressed a wish for transformation. And he succeeded: the chair became a dresser. Pelikan’s saintly attention for appearance almost makes this object into an altar. An ‘Altoir’.

Pelikan values the work ICEERS (International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service) does because it is based on an ancient ethno botanic science from which a type of therapy has been developed that supports personal growth.

 Rutger de Regt for Stichting MS


Rutger de Regt has always been passionate about inventions and experiments. Such was therefore the fate of his chair, subjected to a new experiment by Rutger de Regt in collaboration with Marlies van Putten. They studied the interplay of lines and the manner in which the separate parts of the chair collaborated to form a whole. “We wanted the opposite: a one-piece revealing the process and connections,” says De Regt. To achieve this effect, the chair was poured into a mould with flexible polyurethane rubber. The result: a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture with a structure reminiscent of a honeycomb.

De Regt’s decision to choose Stichting MS as his charity is a personal one, as his mother has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for thirty years.



He chose a classic model, just to see what he could do with the chair’s design. “I was enthused by the try-out for free form modelling with foam,” saysRemy, who became famous for his ragged chair and second-hand drawer for Droog Design. The foam chair sparks debate. When is a seat still a seat? It is accompanied by a side table that flows from the chair naturally.

Much money is needed to research Duchenne muscular dystrophy. But for Remy it is also a small yet personal issue: a boy with a muscular disease.

 Tiddo de Ruiter for NATUURMONUMENTEN


The original, wooden prayer stool – with space for a small religious book in the back – has been transformed into a comfortable chair. For why, Tiddo de Ruiter wondered, should a churchgoer have to sit through a divine service so strictly and erectly? With only a few simple changes, the churchgoer can now listen to the sermon comfortably. The chair is flanked by a diptych portraying the chair’s past and present wonderfully.

De Ruiter calls for attention to Natuurmonumenten. Because in times of austerity, the conservation of nature is severely affected.

 Onno Schelling for KWF Kankerbestrijding


Too small for an adult chair, too serious for a children’s chair. A tad mysterious, but beautiful indeed. That is why Onno Schelling chose the tribal chair with decorations by hand, and linked his chair to his renowned, previous work: the Domino Cabinet. By enlarging the chair, lifting it, and encasing it visually, it looks like a piece straight out of a museum. Craft presented as art. The frame is decorated with dominoes, which have an unexpected link with the decorations in the chair itself. The result is visually pleasing.

The KWF is an obvious cause in Schelling’s eyes. “Too many people, in my surroundings as well, suffer from this unjust disease.”


Stichting Zetel, a charitable foundation that, as initiator and catalyst of multiple projects, gives added value to the meaning and development of chairs, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2012. In celebration of this jubilee, Stichting Zetel composed the Collectie Zetel (Seat Collection), consisting of a broad range of chairs from the 21st century, created by designers, furniture makers, architects ,and industrial designers who live or work in the Netherlands. The Collectie Zetel will be part of the upcoming Design Auction on October 10.

Earlier we announced that chairs by Wiel Arets, Dinie Besems, Richard Hutten, Dirk van der Kooij, and Marc Ruygrok were to be part of the Collectie Zetel. In particular Richard Hutten’s chairs have an interesting history.

For the Dutch Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima on 2-2-2002, Richard Hutten was instructed to make 152 pieces of his NgispeN Centraal Museum chairs in royal blue. The guests of the bride and groom who were present at the ceremony in the Beurs van Berlage sat on these chairs.

After the wedding, Richard kept four chairs, specifically the ones used by Queen Beatrix, Prince Claus, Prince Constantijn, and Princess Laurentien.

Now, ten years later, these chairs are available for the Design Auction.


 Chairs by Richard Hutten for the Dutch Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima

Today we are also revealing more new names of those designers whose chairs are part of the Collectie Zetel: Ineke Hans, Ronald Hooft, Anthony Kleinepier, Krijn de Koning, Egbert Jan Lam, Lotty Lindeman & Wouter Scheublin, Bertjan Pot, and Vroonland


Rotan bench by Vroonland

The Rotan Bench was designed by Vroonland
(Sjoerd Vroonland and Arjan Vaandrager).

The Arnhemse Modebiennale 2011 asked Vroonland
to design a pièce de résistance to function as a
central element during the Biennale. Vroonland’s
design is a seating object and lamp at once,
merging craft and design.

This one-off piece, designed for the occasion,
is part of the Collectie Zetel and will be available at the auction.


In this part of the Design Auction, interesting furniture and objects will be auctioned off that were offered for auction by individuals. See below for some particularly special pieces, like the PK22 chairs by famous Danish designer Poul Kjærholm, barber’s chairs by Piet Hein Eek, and an original prototype of Marcel Wanders’s Knotted Chair.


Pair of PK22 lounge chairs by Poul Kjaerholm (top left), barber’s chair by Piet Hein Eek (bottom left), Knotted Chair by Marcel Wanders (right)




Especially for the Design Auction at the Venduehuis, design agency Ontwerpwerk has developed a new website:
You can find the complete digital catalogue of the Design Auction on this website. This full colour catalogue, created by Ontwerpwerk, will also be released in printed form.

Click here to visit the website


You can bid on pieces from the Design Auction in multiple ways: at the Venduehuis, by telephone or by bidding online on the internet.
The Design Auction will appeal to a large audience because of its great variety and the broad price range.
To participate in the Design Auction, you will need a bidding number. For more information about acquiring a bidding number:

For more information on how an auction works, please click here

Leading up to the Design Auction on October 10, we will reveal additional information on a regular basis. Follow the countdown to the Design Auction and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



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12 September, 2012






Dutch Design Year

11 September, 2012

nl The city of Eindhoven boasts some of the most talented designers thanks to its academy. Now it has a place to show and sell some of the best designs courtesy of product designer Marleen Kurvers.

By Cassandra Pizzey








As many design shops are shifting over to the internet - avoiding high rents and high risks, yet creating a feeling of distance to the customer - Dutch Design Year has opened a tangible shop in the design heart of the Netherlands, Eindhoven.

Located in a large space between a restaurant and vintage clothing shop, Dutch Design Year - as the store is named - shows products by (young) talented Dutch designers alongside some highlights of Dutch Design Week throughout the year.
Architect Mark Theijssen is responsible for the shop’s interior, using panels on either side of the shop to create a closed-in space and feeling of intimacy. “Combining the white panels with industrial wooden beams creates a great contrast,” says Marleen Kurvers, a designer herself and initiator of Dutch Design Year.

Inside the shop, a living room has been created which displays various products for sale. “The shop should give the public new ideas for combinations and materials used by the designers; sustainable materials such as plastics and waste fabrics. The collection will change constantly, giving customers many ideas and updates about contemporary design.”

So why did Kurvers feel the need to begin a design shop in Eindhoven?

“As a reaction to all the impersonal web shops. I wanted a physical shop where people can sit, touch, smell, and see the products in real life, an experience for all the senses, and place where people can feel cosy and at home.”

“As a young designer myself I noticed the need among the designers to have a platform in the region of Eindhoven, with mainly new products, instead of often existing products of the bigger design brands. Eindhoven is becoming more and more THE design city of the Netherlands and I think we constantly need this new input, a dynamic space in the centre where young, talented designers can sell their work.”

The choice of designs on show is dictated by their use of material, thus the copper lamps by David Derksen are on show, next to the paperpulp vessels of Debbie Wijskamp. Jolan van der Wiel’s gravity stools show the property of the material, and the tactility of material is demonstrated by Patrick Schols’ cabinet.

The shop has only been open for a few months now but is gaining interest from the public. Another showroom in Eindhoven full of young designers is already on the agenda, helping Kurvers move towards her hope of creating a broad platform for talented designers aside from the west of the Netherlands.

Photography: Bas Meeuws

Hotel Droog

11 September, 2012


Due to officially open on 16 September, took a tour around the newly opened Droog hotel which boasts just one bedroom.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 06-09-2012






Housed at Staalstraat 7 in Amsterdam, Droog previously occupied the ground floor of the building which functioned as a shop-cum-museum for Droog products.

Now Hôtel Droog, a concept-store with a difference, is open to the public and aims to give shoppers more than just its outstanding Dutch design products. Walking through the shop we encounter all the well-known classics alongside the latest in the collection. According to Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of the brand, people tend to spend a lot more time at Droog than they usually would perusing the Amsterdam shops.

This spurred the idea of a hotel, or more accurately put, a hospitality experience with a difference. The shop unfurls into a large exhibition space which currently houses an previously shown Droog Lab exhibition named Fantastical Investments. The space will function as showroom for various projects, talks, panel discussions and more – one of which will take place on 22 October in cooperation with Metahaven.

Onwards and upwards towards the Droog diner where guests can enjoy coffee and lunch amidst the brand’s latest designs – all for sale – and some vintage furniture. Berend Strik’s work A Stitch In Time (inspired by Rembrandt’s De Staalmeesters) adorns the back wall and brings ties history of the building with today’s modern design.

On the top floor is the one and only room of the hotel, more like an apartment, which can be rented or used as a conference room by guests. Decorated entirely in Droog style, the space is a combination of a typical Amsterdam interior and more sober Dutch design, immaculately finished down to every detail.

Furthermore, the hotel houses three retail concepts: Weltevree, Cosmania and Het Kabinet. With Weltevree’s showroom situated in Arnhem, here in Amsterdam customers will have a chance to see (and test) the products such hot tub and wood stove alongside smaller items by the brand. Cosmetic’s boutique Cosmania just up the stairs offers its first offline retail space packed with special international brands not otherwise found in the Netherlands. The same goes for Het Kabinet which offers exclusive fashion labels and upcoming talents, great modular shop fittings and designs on the wall. Each of the retailers have kept to the overall feel of Hôtel Droog, with fresh, stylish interiors and a welcoming atmosphere.

Last but not least, the hotel has a garden. Beautifully designed by the French Claude Pasquer and Corinne Détroyat, the courtyard features a mix of real plants and functional fakes. Astroturf and a giant mushroom greet visitors here and add a little humor, very inkeeping with the Droog mentality.

What strikes you at Hôtel Droog is the lightness of it all. Formerly a GGD (Dutch Health Office) location, any signs of wear and tear have been eliminated to make way for a stylish yet inviting interior. Although it’s a shame not everyone will be able to stay at Hôtel Droog, with it’s offering of retailers, exhibitions and activity programme, it promises to be a great new cultural addition to Amsterdam’s inner city.