As one fan says, the Dutch designer is “really a conceptual storyteller, creating her own world using craftsmanship and nature.”
Article Written by Diane Daniel, New York Times
040 Eindhoven Kunst & Cultuur - If one theme unites the work of the versatile Dutch designer Kiki Van Eijk, it’s that there is no one theme.
For 20 years, she and her collaborators have produced lighting, sculpture, furniture, household objects, wall hangings, carpets and more using materials ranging from ceramics to textiles.
Ms. Van Eijk, 42, designs at Kiki & Joost, the studio and workshop she shares with her husband, Joost Van Bleiswijk, 44, another prominent designer. “Joost and I are very close and often work together,” she said. “With him, I’ve grown and become more daring. But it’s also really important to have your own identity.”
The work of Ms. Van Eijk, who has designed everything from bird cages to ice cream cakes, defies categorization. At the studio, a team of craftspeople helps her to realize about half her projects; the rest are created in consultation with the commissioning clients. Ms. Van Eijk said her studio used the pandemic lockdown in the spring to come up with new ideas: “We just keep positive and will see how things evolve.”