Arjan van Raadshooven & Anieke Branderhorst
The founders of Vij5 are the Dutch designers and entrepreneurs Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst. Together they design the basis of the product collection but also curate the other products which are selected for the label. In this, Vij5 actively seeks collaboration with other young designers to expand their collection. The distribution of the finished products is arranged by Arjan and Anieke, after they complete the design and investigate manufacturing possibilities together with the designers. With this they are looking for designs that suit their own signature.
Arjan (1981) studied ‘Architecture’ at the TU/e and Anieke (1982) studied at the ‘Man & Identity’ and ‘Man & Communication’ departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven. They started design label Vij5 directly after they graduated in 2006, to create possibilities for bringing their own designs to the market.
Arjan and Anieke are convinced that collaborating is important. In fact; it is one of the basic principles of Vij5, visible in the growing amount of collaborations with other young designers.