Sample Series

RENS together with Vij5

“Together with the Framed cabinet and the Tabloid Tables, the Sample Series jewellery represents the introduction of the NewspaperWood material in the Vij5 collection. The jewellery is specially designed around this unique material, focusing on the details and its distinct appearance.

We selected Renee and Stefanie (RENS) as one of the first designers to work for the NewspaperWood collection. After which they turned out to become our direct neighbours for a few years too! We really liked their in depth research based approach to the material, celebrating in full its aesthetic qualities.”

– Arjan & Anieke


A series of handmade jewellery, specially designed around the material NewspaperWood, focussing on the details and individual value of the material.

NewspaperWood is a new material invented by Mieke Meijer, developed together with the Dutch design label Vij5 and now produced and distributed by a new NewspaperWood company. It returns newspapers, which are made from wood, into wood again. When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resemble the aesthetic of real wood.

RENS, the designers of the Sample Series jewellery, regards NewspaperWood as an archive made of characters, words, sentences and stories. The archiving, storage and filing of information is articulated in their design as well as in the NewspaperWood material itself. Stories from one newspaper, one day, processed into one material. Embedded in brass or stainless steel, a small part of the archive becomes wearable as jewellery. Taking a closer look, characters or sometimes even words appear!

This product is made with the original NewspaperWood material. More information on this material can be found here: www.NewspaperWood.com


design by RENS (Renee Mennen & Stefanie van Keijsteren)

in collection since 2011

dimensions Ø 30, Ø 40, Ø 50, Ø 70 and Ø 110cm, necklace 90 cm

material The NewspaperWood parts are being held by a brass or stainless steel ring, in which the dimension and date of the used newspaper for that particular piece of wood are engraved as a code on the bottom.

  • Gold/brass version: NewspaperWood , brass, gold-plated necklace.
  • Silver/stainless steel version: NewspaperWood , stainless steel, solid silver necklace.

availability In stock in size Ø 70 and Ø 110cm. Other sizes only available from 10 pieces per order. Unfortunately it is not possible to produce this jewellery custom made. The engraved date is based on availability only.




NewspaperWood is the result of a study project of Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Mieke Meijer. After partnering with Vij5 and the presentation of the material at its infancy in 2011, the material underwent a long development…
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