Ontwerpduo (The Netherlands)

 

Artist’s statement

A birdcage in which you can swing freely, lamps that subdivide like trees, or a table you can play marbles on: The fantastic world of Ontwerpduo emerges from the collaboration and chemistry between Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink.

Nothing is impossible

Tineke likes to imagine things just a little bit differently to the way they are by fantasizing new functions for them, largely ignoring any practical or technical restrictions. Often these things are in a form that seems impossible – until Nathan becomes involved. He sets to work in a workshop that has come to resemble a laboratory. When he emerges again, Tineke’s ideas turn out to be feasible after all. And so everything can begin again, happily ever after.

Surprising the world

It’s been happening like that ever since their student days at Design Academy. They had formed an alliance even before they both graduated with distinction. Mission statement: to take fairy-tale ideas and translate them into functional designs to surprise the world. Every design expresses a male and female side: technical alongside story-telling, function alongside color and charm, Nathan alongside Tineke and vice versa.

Devisers and Doers

Ontwerpduo is now an established name in Dutch design. What started as a duo is now a design studio with a close-knit team of devisers and doers. Ontwerpduo has been creating on request and autonomously since 2008. From 2015 they will present a thematic collection once a year. The first of these, Novecento, is available from September 2015 through their web shop and in selected stores worldwide. Ontwerpduo is working on their 2016 collection at the moment.

Work with us

Ontwerpduo loves sharing good ideas – and develops them for others, too. We designed Lloop (2009) and Elementiles (2015) for the Dutch design label Vij5; the Danish firm & Tradition included Light Forest in its collection; we made furniture (Pause, Dot & Shift, 2009) and a sofa (Plot, 2011) at the request of the design firm Pode. Would you like to work with us too? Email us.  

ONTWERPDUO: TINEKE BEUNDERS & NATHAN WIERINK. PHOTO: LISA KLAPPE

ONTWERPDUO: TINEKE BEUNDERS & NATHAN WIERINK. PHOTO: LISA KLAPPE

Artist’s bio

Ontwerpduo, established in 2008, dreams and demonstrates, fantasizes and fulfills, devises and designs. The studio works and designs for labels and brands on request and once a year presents its own thematic collection in which the poetic and practical converge.

A birdcage in which you can swing freely (Cageling), lamps that subdivide like trees (Light Forest, winner of multiple design awards), or a table you can play marbles on (Marbelous): the fantastic world of Ontwerpduo emerges from the collaboration and chemistry between Tineke Beunders (born in 1982) and Nathan Wierink (born in 1979). Both graduated with honors in 2008 from the industrial design program at the Design Academy Eindhoven.