KIKI VAN EIJK interview

Kiki van Eijk was born in 1978 and graduated Cum Laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2000. Her breakthrough design was the well-known ‘Kiki Carpet’. Now the main focus of her work is her own collection, which she exhibits in galleries, museums and at fairs across the world.

Besides her own collection, she works on projects for companies and institutes such as: Studio Edelkoort Paris, MOOOI, Royal Leerdam Crystal, Royal VKB, Audax Textile Museum and many others. Her work is published and sold worldwide, and she has featured in Wallpaper, Elle Decor, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and The International Design Year Book.

1. Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2012, what was your personal highlight?
As a show:The unexpected interactions created by 6 different designers on 6 squares. In general: the hands on and very positive + enthusiastic vibe that was all around the city!

2. How did you experience your work as one of the three ambassadors?
I experienced it as a positive task: to promote this week and the different initiatives as much as i could through my own international network.

3. When was the first time you took part of the Dutch Design Week and what did you exhibit? The first time was in 2001: i was represented at the graduation show of DAE with my "kiki carpet", but also with collegue designers and artists we organised the first side show next to the dae show on a different location.

4. Which Design Week is your favorite besides the Dutch Design Week and why? Salone del mobile, milan. This is the most international, famous and important design week. This is also the most historical one. The place to be!

5. Traditions mean a lot to you and your work, which especially dutch tradition is your favorite? Sinterklaas!

6. If you would have to chose, with which material you would have to work for the rest of your career, which one would it be? Paint.

7. You offer a wide range of products, how do you stay inspirational?
I don't know, it goes by itself. I guess to take enough time to relax, review, look back and be open to new things.

8. What does a normal working day of Kiki van Eijk look like? Do you have a ritual, which is necessary to make your day a good one in design terms?
It always starts with teatime! A good cup of fresh verveine tea. And sharing this with others.

9. How do you feel about the dutch design community? Is there much exchange and cooperation? What could other design communities learn from you? I think in general dutch designers are very open towards each other and collaborate wereever neccesary or fun!

10. If we could turn back time – you would like to be the creator of ... (design classic)? Maybe the Rietveld chair?  The eames house.

11. Tell us an unexpected fact about you. I'm a really bad singer! But when people here my voice they often ask me if i''m a jazz or soul singer!

12. Do you read design-blogs? Would you tell us your favorite one and why you would recommend it? No, i'm sorry... I prefer to walk in the woods!

13. What do you like about Designspotter? Do you miss anything?
Its perfect!

Thank you kiki for this interview. ( by Stephanie Krauch )

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