In this part a few projects are described which are more extensive than a single product. It includes projects in interior, but also other disciplines like machining, prototyping, tooling, technical support for fellow designers, etcetera.
Dresser stainless steel/walnut veneer.
My customer wanted two stylish dressers / desks with solely drawers for a business office in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. A quick search brought us the standard kitchen system by Ikea, which turned out to be satisfying to use as the basis of our dressers. I made a 3 meter long matching desktop in stainless steel, and covered the sides and front gaps with stainless steel sheet.
Vintage style staircase in rebuilt farmhouse.
The only thing that was missing in their freshly rebuilt farmhouse was a style-matching staircase, that was also practical, given the dimensions available. A real challenge, both technical and in terms of style. I was given carte blanche to design and build the staircase. It was not easy to create a pleasantly walkable staircase with these dimensions. A combination of a straight and spiral staircase proved the best option to meet the requirements.
The cast-iron french-style spiral staircase was an inspiration for my design. It was built from welded lasercut segments, combined with screw-couplings. By using this technique, it was very practical to rebuild the staircase on site. The steel was coated in a matt black primer, which will wear off a bit over the years to create that vintage look and feel. The steps are covered with solid oak slabs, coarse sanded and finished with a 2K clear coat. These slabs are also used in the niche behind the stairs.
Shelving unit stainless steel/Oak slabs.
A 4 meter wide space was available in the livingroom, and my client wanted to use this space for a shelving unit with style. I was given carte blanche to design and build this piece of furniture.
Stainless steel posts are used for the basis, but I combined it with warm oak as the predominant element. And then four matching rolling boxes on the floor to make it complete. To avoid the unit becoming to clinical, I used oak slabs, directly from the sawmill. Unplaned, with a visible bark side. The rolling boxes are also made from the same slabs.
Stainless steel balustrade.
As part of the modernization of a house in Brabant, the Netherlands, the old wooden balustrade was replaced by a modern one, made from stainless steel rectangle tube, with a satin finish. The two-peace construction was carefully measured before, constructed and then mounted on the existing ‘foundation’.
Tooling, engineering, machining, prototyping.
- Calibration tooling
- Bending tools, odd size thin wall tubing
- Modification bearing-houses, engineering & machining
- Prototype: tape dispenser (metal spinning technique)
Radiator covers shop interior.
For a new shop interior in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a request was made to ‘hide’ the floor radiators, combined with creating extra showroom space for smaller accessories. Because of very uneven floors, I designed and built radiator cover ‘boxes’ which were adjustable to level them out over the 19 meters of extra showroom space. Made from square perforated sheetmetal and angle iron, all powdercoated to specification.