Ontwerpduo is an established name in Dutch design and emerges from the collaboration and chemistry between Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink. What started as a duo in 2008 is now a design studio with a close-knit team of devisers and doers. The studio is based in Eindhoven, works for labels and brands on request and once a year presents its own thematic collection in which the poetic and practical converge. Every design expresses a male and female side: technical alongside story-telling, function alongside colour and charm, Nathan alongside Tineke and vice versa.
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.
(portrait image by Jeroen van der Wielen)