What is it about the Dutch and design? Why is it that most witty and thought-provoking designers these days all seem to be coming out of the Netherlands? Tord Boontje, Jurgen Bey, Hella Jongerious, Droog… Its hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that unites these different designers ? but there seems to be a certain playfulness to Dutch design which makes it uniquely compelling.
Thanks to a thoughtful tipster, I recently discovered another up-and-coming Dutch design studio called OOOMs. Based in Eindhoven, the studio works on conceptual, self-initiated furniture and interiors projects. Most of the products featured on the OOOMs website have some element of irreverent humor to them. There is a rebellious desk that refuses to be closed, various “hats” made from human hair, a device to turn any chair into a rocking chair, and fancy ceramic sex-toys that look like porcelain vases. Out of all the fabulous designs on the OOOMS website, I have to say that the Golden Staples (shown above), the Expect Table/Desk and Rebellious desk (both show below) really take the cake.