In conversation with: Ontwerpduo

We had a chat with Tineke Beunders who is one half of Ontwerpduo. Ontwerpduo are the designers and makers of our gorgeous and extremely popular Tallow candles. One of our brand new products fresh in for SS14.

Read on to discover more about the dream team..

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

We are based in Eindhoven which is in the south of the Netherlands. It is a very industrial but cosy city. We never planned to stay. We always thought that once we had finished our studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven we would run back to the middle of the Netheralnds, to the Veluwe. The Veluwe is a beautiful and very natural area. But, we stayed. Now, we love Eindhoven and we have lived here for ten years. Our daughter even speaks with an Eindhoven accent. I think we might stay here for a bit longer..

What is on your bedside table?

Our bedroom is very, very small. We built the bed in between two walls. There are wooden beams in between the mattress and the wall, our bedside table is hidden in those beams. A folia lumina light, which is our newest design, is standing on my bed side table. Together with a very practical iphone charger. I also use my iphone for reading books and I have a few cards on there sent to me by friends. On Nathan’s side is the CMYK light by Dennis Parren and also a charger..

What home ware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

We have been searching for a really nice carpet for a long time. We can’t seem to find one that we BOTH agree is nice!

What everyday household item would you most like to redesign?

I like candleholders a lot, especially the ones that have a handle to carry them around. Although they are very old fashioned and nobody uses them anymore as we have electricity. But I still think they are beautiful and I collect them. One day I decided to ‘redesign’ one and the ‘tallow’ candle from our collection was born. An everyday household item that I would love to redesign which we haven’t done so far is a carpet. Or, I would love to do something ceramic.

What have you designed and made that you are most proud of?

I am very proud of the light forest (pictured above). But to be honest I am not proud of one single thing, every design leads to another. I am happy with and proud of the marbelous table, which was my graduation project. We’ve done so many nice things since then. I think I most proud of the whole setting and mood of the products in the collection.

How long did it take to design and make the tallow candle? Were there any disasters or disappointments?

That is a very hard question to answer. You never really know when you are starting to think of new design. I think the model making and the sketching took me a couple of weeks. The process after that i.e getting it produced (which we still do at our studio), having pictures of the product, a catalog and actually selling it to shops took years.

These are the Tallow candles that we stock at Future and Found, including our own exclusive neon colour.

The house is on fire, what is the very first thing that you grab?

Nathan and my two kids. Everything else is replaceable. All our files are backed up, things we can make again. Some pre-digital photos would be lost but it would not be the end of the world to lose them. Memories are in our head, so long as we are healthy and together all is fine. The only other thing that I would save if it was possible and not dangerous would be our hand drawn map of Europe on which you can see the lines we drew when we cycled around Europe together.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My childhood.

What home ware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?

I wouldn’t know! Really.. I think how we decorate our home is not how our friends would do it. So, I have no idea what item is most desirable to them! We particularly like our set of green vintage draws, you can see a small part of my candle collection in this image too.

Describe your style in three words.

Playful. Fairy Tale. Clean.

What would surprise people about you?

I am not as sporty as people think. Unfortunately…

What is your current obsession?

I need more sleep! Every day I tell myself that I must go to bed early. The only problem is that doing things around the house and working late are nice things to do. Working in the evening is very relaxed, nobody is calling, there are no new emails the kids are asleep it’s so easy to work. I’m not tired in the evening. I think ‘just fifteen more minutes’ which always becomes two or three hours. Then I will wake up at 6:30 the next day and I tell myself that I must go to bed early!

What does the future look like for Ontwerpduo?

One day, when we have designed and made enough. We will disappear to a nice wooden house in the countryside with a fireplace and we will sit around it every evening and tell each other stories. The Alps seems like a good area! Maybe we will design and build a treehouse there..

Thank you so much Tineke! We have loved delving into your wonderful world.

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