Apartment Therapy Interview: Kiki van Eijk

Design Miami / Basel 2010

Designer Kiki van Eijk's new collection Cut & Paste is featured by Secondome at Design Miami/Basel 2010. Apartment Therapy has blogged about Kiki van Eijk's past projects: Button Plates and Brick Carpet

Kiki van Eijk's new collection Cut & Paste includes a clocktower with totem-pole-like pieces of gold ceramic clock face, and three different cupboards. Kiki altered the clock part by bending part of the metal and adding knit stitching to it.

Interview with designer Kiki van Eijk:

How long have you worked as an independent designer?
For 10 years (since 2000). I started working independently right away after graduating from school.

What inspires you?
Everyday situations and objects and handmade things. In my pieces I use parts constructed by companies, then I alter the materials, sometimes by bending or stitching onto them.

Do you have a favorite material?
Not really. I use lots of textiles, ceramics, wood, and metals. I like pure materials. I've never used plastic but that doesn't mean I won't in the future.

Which designers most inspire you?
Castiglione, Michele De Lucchi, Charles and Ray Eames — the classics.

What's your favorite project?
This one. I'm always moving and evolving in an organic, gradual way.

How are you impacted by your city and working environment?
I am at ease in my environment, which allows me to stay close to myself in my designs. I have 1,000 square meters of space to work in that is also 5 meters high. That gives me a lot of freedom and opportunity to test projects.

Is your studio at home?
I live only 3 minutes by bike from my studio. I have learned that I don't like to live where I work. I need to get distance from the work.

Any advice you'd like to add?
Whatever job you have, and especially in design, make sure to follow your heart and love what you do. This will get you the best results.

See more of Kiki van Eijk's designs at Design Miami/Basel and on her website.

Images: 1- 4. Secondome; 5. Rachael Grad

MORE KIKI VAN EIJK
Button Plates by Kiki van Eijk
Kiki van Eijk's Brick Carpet