Interview with designer Kiki van Eijk
From graduate with honors at the renown Design Accademy of Eindhoven in 2000, to her role as ambassador of Dutch Design Week 2012. In the middle, a considerable amount of research, experimentation and care for an emotional design that takes us back to the warmth of home and bedside stories.
This is how the brand of young Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk grew, never forgetting to play with materials, techniques and found objects of the most disparate kind. Her works have travelled the world over and now span from textiles to ceramic, from interior design items in glass and copper, up to installations for big International brands.
Often in collaboration with her partner Joost van Bleiswijk (also an ambassador of DDW 2012, together with Robert Bronwasser from Smool) Kiki embodies some of the characteristics on which Dutch design has based its identity for over a decade: research, experimentation and entrepreneurship.
We meet her in Eindhoven not just in the capacity of patroness of DDW, but also as a designer. Here she presented an extension of “Flating Frames” (in the photos), a series of skeletal objects in metallic wires and various finishes made in 2010, and a large sewing box shaped like a cabinet, which can be opened, as if by magic, with only one hand. Here’s how her story began.