New Citizen Design is an agent, consultant and producer of design and design thinking.
We collaborate with both established and talented designers to create inspiring and aesthetic products for the new citizen’s living and working environment. We have a portfolio of design products and landscape art, curated on their consciousness for a sustainable society and the well being of its citizens. All of our designers have a story to tell.
We provide content to our client’s intent and help it shape, using the specific brainpower of our designers. Our strategic consultancy is a combination of corporate and design thinking and enhances creative business ideas, strategies and product(line)s, through workshops and design journeys.
We develop and offer ‘artisan design’ in a co-creation between our designers and local craftspeople worldwide.
We call our approach The Dutch Approach because we work from what moves people and makes them feel comfortable. From there on, a spark is added to enhance a playful functionality and a triggering message.
In New Citizen Design Jan Willem de Laive and Tonny Wormer have joined forces with a promising new concept in the world of design.
Jan Willem de Laive (1967) is former owner of LAIVE.nl design agent. Through the years, Jan Willem has built up a wide network in the international world of design, both with designers and the professional field of design. He has gained a broad knowledge of materials and production methods, which is of great value to the designers when further developing their concepts into reproducible products.
Tonny Wormer (1964) has a track record as strategy consultant and initiator of creative business ideas. She designed the marketing strategies for the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, started Port of Rotterdams art collection, engineered coalitions for intricate change and innovation processes for (inter)national ambitions, was a program advisor for TEDx and moulded the first edition of World Port Days. For New Citizen Design she is responsible for business development and an energetic link between client and designer.
Designers with New Citizen Design
We work together with multiple designers:
Sander Wassink graduated in 2012 at Dutch Design Academy Eindhoven and has been named Holland’s #3 of the new generation Dutch Designers (2016).
Wassink is an artist and designer challenging us to reconsider our ideas of beauty, aesthetic value and status. Amid new construction, new production, and constant proliferation of new forms and facades, Wassink turns his attention to the discarded, the abandoned and the left-over. He attempts to reimagine what can be done with the already partially formed. What new possibilities exist in the surfaces and materials that are half-built or half-destroyed.
Whether his object is the partly demolished facade of an abandoned building, or the everyday detritus from our over productive culture, Wassink asks what new forms and new visions of beauty already exist to be discovered and appreciated. The history of these objects only adds to the story that – apart from their aesthetic value – gives them that bit of extra. Wassink’s light designs are an example of his design approach: thrown out glass and ceramics are formed into series of unique and aesthetic design products.
Drawings by hand are the basis for Christie van der Haak’s pattern designs. Almost meditatively she distracts from the bustle of everyday life and focuses on the design that eventually becomes patterns for art prints, wallpaper, woven textiles and even buildings. She is famous for her creative use of colour, but also her black-and-white patterns really communicate. Christie’s pattern designs connect to the philosophy of William Morris who, in the nineteenth century, reacted to the ugliness of mass production and said about his designs that ‘no pattern should be without some sort of meaning’. They also relate very strongly to our present lives in which we are flooded with information and are visually orientated. We almost split ourselves up to be able to digest all the simultaneous information. In Christie van der Haak’s patterns, the viewer can also get lost, depending on the way he or she looks at them. With real focus, there is a world to discover. A fantasy in which to drown or an imagination to dream of. New Citizen Design and Christie van der Haak co-operate on a line of pattern-designed products of which the vinyl Christie’s Carpet is the first. Christie’s great wish is to open up to a wider public through design: in this case, art made reproducible.
Madeleine Berkhemer’s sculptures betray her origin as a fashion designer.
She makes use of nylon materials and artificial lighting, which give her sculptures the illusion of chandeliers, fountains or gigantic precious stones. Berkehemer did flagship store performances for Agnes B (Paris), Christian Louboutin (Miami) and assisted at Maison Margiela. Her landscape design Lost Pearls is in the Rotterdam Euromast Park and is also certified playground equipment.
Peter Hopman is a multi-faceted industrial designer and is founder of Bureau Lakervelder. Hopman often works in co-operations, for instance for DROOG Design, MDVRV and West 8. He designed the welcome and ticket counter of Expo 2008 in Hannover, 68 bathrooms in the Amsterdam Lloyd Hotel and the redesign of Café de Unie in Rotterdam. His twist of the iconic lettering of the former Rotterdam Central Station into ‘Traan Laten’ was made into a well-appreciated documentary. New Citizen Design works with Hopman for his Green Roomdivider which can be used seperately or jointed in, for instance, office spaces.
Wieneke van Gemeren is all about making interiors more interesting. By making it more beautiful, whimsical or outlandish, she makes you want to look twice. Wieneke is both a product- and an interior designer. She has worked for and with A-label brands such as Diesel, Eastpak, Conscious Hotels, Floris van Bommel, Leolux, and DeCastelli for the design of their (sometimes worldwide) retail and hospitality concepts. Having worked and lived in Italy and the US, she’s fluent in both the Italian and English language.
Wieneke is all about creating an empowering atmosphere. No design merely for the sake of design. Highly appreciated by her clients for her knowledge of telling a story and living a brand through interior design, she can undertake all aspects of design: from think-tank participation and consultancy to concept development, (product) design and styling.
Her extensive knowledge of sustainable design is without a doubt a strong relevant asset, acknowledged by many of her clients.
Current projects include the complete interior design of Conscious Hotel Westerpark in Amsterdam and the design of an exclusive collection of furniture and interior accessories. New Citizen Design and Wieneke van Gemeren have teamed up to empower interior design projects and materialize Wieneke’s product designs.
Niek Pulles graduated in 2009 at Design Academy Eindhoven / Man and Identity.
Blurring boundaries between products design and fashion while investigating the interacts between body and material is the core of my work.
Childhood inspiration, archetypes, primitive forms with a hands on technique describes my creative signature. If you would have to give it a name I would prefer researcher and visual designer, always with an unorthodox approach towards new processes.
“Despite the focused forms and technique there is always the need for speed aiming to keep ideas and concepts open, translucent and flexible to adapting new conditions. With surrealistic atmospheres and optical illusions often as effect.” ~HEYNIEK
Césare Peeren is co-founder of Superuse studios, a new kind of architectural practice of ‘process architecture’, in that the design method is a process. The process involves experimentation and prototyping with waste materials to identify and uncover hidden functional, ergonomic and aesthetic properties. In the same way, the inherent qualities, properties, constraints and needs of the location, construction, neighbours etc. are investigated for opportunities for integration into the design.
Using these Superuse principles, Césare has designed products, public furniture, playgrounds, interior fit-outs for: large offices, shops and restaurants, renovations, houses and cities. All examples of how re-use can lead to hip and contemporary design with a new design aesthetic. As well as design, Césare teaches, lectures, gives presentations, conducts workshops and continues research in the re-use potential of waste materials.
Eric de Meij and Frank van Dongen are the designers of Stamtafel (tree table). Stamtafel tables are designed to serve as the natural meeting place to talk and eat together with our loved ones.
The Art Nouveau Dutch Design is inspired by how trees are rooted in the earth in search for grip and nutrition, and how their branches extend into the air in search for light and vision. The ingenious tree-like furniture is hand-made from the best types of wood and the finest tempered and laminated glass. Stamtafel tables are symbolic for both the indestructible central structure and the subtly interrelated peripheral forces that hold strong families together, generation after generation. Stamtafel has recently been further developed into a recycled cardboard version, topped with a whiteboard coating to be used as ‘inspiration table’ for work sessions or printed with a set selection of designs or print-your-own design.
Maxime Ansiau is a French visual artist who lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Designer of the cristal clear mirrors. Maxime Ansiau’s approach reveals a double quest: the desire to represent beauty and the search for meaning. His creations suggest a delicate evocation, a subtle logic, which is the connivance between the subject and the material.
min-studio is a concept and design studio founded by Corinne de Korver and Wouter Kalis.
They are inspired to create beauty and simplicity in objects, furniture and environment and focus on timeless, minimalistic and sustainable design.
min-studio enjoys working with simple forms and shapes. Sometimes they play with concepts, sometimes they work towards production of functional design. Kalis and De Korver use sustainability in production and materials and timelessness in style as guidance for their work.
In this way they create an extended future for their products.
Mark Jan Meerdink has his own design studio, Winoldi. He has a background in contemporary art (sculptor at Atelier ’63) and years of experience as a graphic designer and art director. Mark Jan’s focus is on a mix of graphic design, applied art and creative consultancy, for spaces, people and companies. He prefers design assignments to autonomous work and enjoys coming up with unexpected design solutions to common questions about space and style.
Mark Jan Meerdink lives in Amsterdam with his son.
Marcel van der Veer (1970) is an interior designer.
Since 1995, he has been working both independently and in collaboration with several architect offices and design companies on a wide variety of assignments.
The office realizes especially renovations and designs of bars, restaurants and public spaces, high-end interiors for private homes, offices and shops.
The design focus is often on custom solutions for lighting, acoustics, furniture and image-defining wall coverings in order to get a distinctive image. New Citizen Design works with Van der Veer on products that follow from some of these custom solutions.
New Citizen Design provides content to client’s intent and helps it shape, using the specific brainpower of its designers. Our strategic consultancy is a combination of corporate and design thinking and enhances creative business ideas, strategies and product(line)s, through workshops and design journeys.
Would you like to explore new routes to transform your business or achieve your goals?
New Citizen Design can tailor collaborative design journeys or work on the basis of a specific assignment.
Our design thinking approach is about people, what moves them and how to touch them.
The functionality of our Dutch Approach is in the stir it gives to behaviour and/or well-being. Functional iconism in this way is not only tangible in products, buildings, interiors and landscapes, but also intangible in terms of ‘social iconism’. The core of New Citizen Design’s Dutch Approach is ‘functional iconism’, which means that our design concepts are
- clear in their central idea and concept
- often provoking a smile on the face
- and always making contact.
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