Very Valentines…

Yep, it’s that time of year again… Fear not, you will not see a single red rose or insipid pink heart here (unless it’s sprayed neon). Instead, may we present to you a selection of tasteful treats that will be appreciated long after February 14th. Here are our top Valentines day gift ideas..

One of our wonderfully tactile tallow candles accompanied with a super stylish box of strike matches.

For the aspiring artist or writer, we don’t think there can be a much more stylish note book than the ink notebook with fluoro spine accompanied by a neon pencil it is a veritable eye feast.

Prefer pink? Try the rose hand cream and a neon pink heart key ring, they can think of you every time they get out their keys.. (yes, it’s horribly cute).

Or opt for something soft to cuddle, with Secretman or Bow Jovi both just as huggable and a perfect substitute for you.. (if you wear an eye patch or prefer an over sized bow tie).

Hopefully that has provided you with some suitable giftspiration..

 

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.

Product spotlight…the Tallow Candle

The Tallow Candle is from the cutting edge design studio Ontwerpduo, based in Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Stemming from a collaboration between Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink graduates from the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Tineke likes to imagine things slightly differently from what they are, fantasising about new functions for products without worrying too much about the practicality behind it.

Her ideas often seem impossible at first sight – until Nathan steps in. He sets to work in a workshop that looks remarkably like a laboratory. When he emerges it turns out that Tineke’s ideas are in fact feasible.

Their mission statement is to translate fairytale ideas into functional designs and surprise the world.Some things just belong together; salt and pepper, a cup and saucer, a hammer and nail. In this case it is the candle and the candle holder fused together to make one permanent union.

We are huge fans of their work, and we are delighted to have our very own exclusive colour in our signature neon coral.

Every candle is made by hand in their Eindhoven studio to a traditional tallow candle making recipe, 24cm tall it makes a gorgeous statement in any room.

 

Getting through January…

January has the potential to be a bit of a ‘non’ month. The excitement of Christmas is long gone and we’re all desperately trying to be good. Going to the gym, eating vegetables, avoiding alcohol and just generally being saintly. Well, all that can be a little boring. So this is what we will be doing over the next few weeks..

We will be using the enamel bake set (which we got for Christmas) to whip up a series of culinary delights mostly focused on pies and macaroni cheese… also known as ‘the yellow foods’.

We are also taking the opportunity to spruce up our home, spoiling the bathroom sink to Compagnie de Provence hand soap and cream and storing all our slightly unattractive bits & pieces in a braided bamboo basket (perfect for loo roll).

Excitement levels are high as work progresses on our new space, we are madly pinning creative display ideas. Two current favourites are the giant perspex popsicles and a dolls house display unit.

Finally, we’ve got our eyes on all our new Spring products which will be coming in very soon (two favourites shown above)… So keep those eager eyes peeled over the weeks to come!

 

Jump into January..

Hello and welcome to 2014! We’ve officially waved goodbye to Christmas and welcome in the new year with open arms. To make way for the new products coming this way we have a sale on at the moment. This is the perfect opportunity to snap up a bargain and update your living space for the new year in one fell swoop.

Two key pieces that will transform your space and now come at an even better sale price are the Station Ceramic Wall Clock and the Foot Soldier Blanket.

The Station Ceramic Wall Clock looks excellent in the kitchen it’s timeless simplicity will not outdate as your home evolves.Not only does the Foot Soldier Blanket look elegant and stylish draped on the sofa it is made to military specifications meaning that it is permanently moth proofed, 100% pure wool and machine washable. It will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer as the fabric is breathable.

Perfect Presents: Super Stocking Fillers

As we are well and truly into the festive season we thought it would be a good to share with you our top stocking fillers. As you wrap up your gifts for the big day let us give you some last minute ideas to fill your stockings.

Perfect Presents: Gifts for him

He can be the trickiest person to buy for can’t he? Well, let us lend a hand. Have a browse of our selection of stylish design led gifts for him.

Perfect Presents: Gifts for her

We have compiled an easy to shop selection of gifts for the lovely ladies in your life. Stylish, simple and timeless we have the perfect present.

Like what you see? Shop the collection..

Perfect Presents: Tasteful Traveller

Do you have a friend who is constantly on the move?

We have just the selection of tasteful travel items for them. From bright neon luggage tags that will ensure their bag is the easiest to spot on the carousel to slender notebooks that make note- taking on the go super simple.

Like what you see? Shop our collection

Perfect Presents: Cool Cusine

Do you have an especially foody friend who is crazy about their kitchen?

Well, we have the perfect selection of gifts for them, from a stylish cloud shaped chopping board to timeless enamelware. You’ll find the perfect design-led item for the kitchen fanatic.

Have a browse of our Kitchen collection online now…