By designing with a strong personal touch and idea, Kiki van Eijk strongly represents the new generation of Dutch designers. Kiki’s work is easily recognisable by her mild and playful designs. But don’t be mistaken by the first look of her work. Where it might look very soft and playful, it can be really hard and serious. Kiki puts multiple layers in her designs.
Concept, material, structure and technique must all be in balance to create a surprising and new design. She finds a great joy, love and importance in “making things” by hand. This attitude also influences her more industrial projects.
Her nostalgic approach combined with her poetic and personal style comes to life in a wide range of work like carpets, lighting, furniture, ceramics, glassware and luxurious textiles. By using old and new techniques, applied on an unexpected object Kiki not only surprises the viewers of her work, but also manufacturers and craftsman that make her designs.
Kiki van Eijk was born in 1978 and graduated Cum Laude in 2000 from Design Academy Eindhoven. She became known for her famous “Kiki Carpet”.
Now she’s primarily working on her own collection which is presented in galleries, museums and fairs worldwide, in London, Paris, Milan, Basel, Venice, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, Holon, etc. Recently (2016) Nilufar Gallery started a collaboration with Kiki. Besides her own collection she works on projects for companies and institutions such as Studio Edelkoort Paris, Design Academy Eindhoven, MOOOI, Häagen-Dazs, Serax, Bernhardt Design, Venice Projects, Hermès, Saint-Louis, Audax Textiel Museum, Nodus, Noord Brabants Museum, Omnidecor, La Montre Hermès, Rijksmuseum, 1882 Ltd and private collectors.
Her work is published and sold worldwide. Publications include Wallpaper, Elle deco, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, de Architect, Icon magazine, Glamour, New York Times and The International Design Year Book.
All our talks are for free (whether you are a member or not), held in english, at the auditorium of the MUDAM (the "Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean") in Luxembourg.
Monobloc tells the story of the best-selling piece of furniture of all time. Estimates claim there are a billion of these cheap plastic chairs in use all over the world. This unassuming chair threatens our environment and good taste but is indispensable for millions of people to whom a chair is a chair and nothing more. This is the tale of an object viewed through a critical eye on globalisation - a story that spans functionality and beauty, capitalism and sharing, consumption and recycling.