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.
Vij5 and Ontwerpduo met in 2009 where they have been opposite neighbours for a few years in their workplace (the Yard) in a formal factory hall at Strijp-T in Eindhoven.
(portrait image by Jeroen van der Wielen)