About Dirk Vander Kooij

At Studio Dirk Vander Kooij, developing new techniques for new designs is an ongoing job. We consider ways of developing a new design just as interesting as the new design itself. It requires constant readjustment of techniques until the form we have in mind appears. We work on the interface of design, craft and production.

An old 3D printer inspired Dirk's graduation assignment at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, where he studied between 2005 and 2010. The main drawback those printers had, was that they couldn't produce large objects like pieces of furniture. Dirk, the very first person ever, did succeed in printing larger objects. Dirk found the state of the art, latest generation printers tedious; on the contrary, it was an old technique that caught his imagination. "This principle has been around for thirty odd years. The older machines were less accurate. That's why one could carefully examine that process, one could identify how the shape was being formed with a very thin thread that was meticulously moved to and fro, building up the shape very efficiently and without waste. If you accept the low resolution structure and you try not to hide it but rather treasure it, it becomes a beautiful and fair ornament", explains Dirk.
After his graduation, the design immediately found its way across the world. The chair drew a lot of attention as part of the Design Academy exposition in 2010. Especially at the "design-mekka" of the world - the annual Salone del Mobile which took place in April in Milan - he received a lot of recognition straight away. When he returned to Milan a year later as an independent designer, he had refined the technique so he could produce many more forms. 
With the Satellite-Lamp as an eye-catcher in Milan, Dirk introduced a complete furniture collection: a chair, a table and a rocking chair. The robot arm was now not only capable of producing rounded forms, it could also "lay down" a very much smoother synthetic thread. That presentation drew a lot of attention from various museums. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired Dirk's work. In the mean time he also managed to scoop a few other awards, two of which were the prestigious Dutch Design Award and the YNG TLNT Pin of the Woonbeurs.
Due to all the media attention, Dirk Vander Kooij's workshop quickly expanded into a proper business where four people now have jobs: Studio Dirk Vander Kooij. Even though it was the Endless-collection that brought about the breakthrough, Studio Vander Kooij is multifaceted. True to her own philosophy that process is just as important as the ultimate product, Studio Dirk Vander Kooij designed the Elephant Skin series, the All-Material Table and the Triangulate Lamp. The Triangulate Lamp was a success at the Beijing Design Week.






Exhibition Biennale Design (Saint-Etienne, FR)
Exhibition Heimtextiel (Frankfurt, GER)


Purchase Museum of Modern Art (New York City, USA)
Purchase Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL)
Purchase Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rein, GER)
Purchase H48 Gallery (Nieuwpoort, NL)
Winner YNG TLNT Award, Woonbeurs (Amsterdam, NL)
Exhibition Salone del Mobile (Milano, IT)
Exhibition Beijing Design Week (Beijing, CHN)
Exhibition Design Museum in Taipei (Taipei, TPE)
Exhibition Mint Shop (London, UK)
Exhibition Open House (NYC, USA)
Exhibition Oranienbaumexhibition (Oranienbaum, GER)
Exhibition Spring / Design House (Eindhoven, NL)
Exhibition The Aram Gallery (London, UK)
Exhibition Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, NL)
Exhibition De Modefabriek (Amsterdam, NL)
Exhibition Woonbeurs (Amsterdam, NL)
Exhibition Lodz Design Festival (Lodz, POL)
Exhibition Grand-Hornu Images (Hornu, BEL)
Exposition Urban Living Room (Pop Up Exposition)
Speaker at Design Week Ireland (Kilkenny, IRL)
Speaker at Woon Inspiratie Tour (Nieuwegein, NL)
Speaker at PicNic 2012 (Amsterdam, NL)
Speaker at Moving Materials (Eindhoven, NL)
Project meeting room ABN AMRO (NL)
Project Lobby Theater aan het Vrijthof (Maastricht, NL)
Project Doen | Materiaal Prijs (Eindhoven, NL)
Project DMY Awards (Berlin, GER)
Sustainable Auction WWF (Eindhoven, NL)
Chairs for Charity, KWF (The Hague, NL)
Development Triangulate
NOS News on October 3, 2012
Publication Audi Magazine October 2012
Publication Inflight Magazine September 2012
Publication NRC Next June 23, 2012
Publication De Volkskrant April 18, 2012
Blog The Architect April 23, 2012
Blog DOMUS April 2, 2012


Purchase Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam, NL)
Dutch Design Award Winner (Eindhoven, NL)
DMY Award Winner (Berlin, GER)
Krabbedans Contest Winner (Eindhoven, NL)
Nominated for Sanoma Living Awards (Amsterdam, NL)
Exhibition Art Basel (Basel, CH)
Exhibition Art Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NL)
Exhibition Zuiderzee (Enkhuizen, Netherlands)
Exhibition Salone del Mobile (Milan, IT)
Exhibition Design House (Eindhoven, NL)
Exhibition DMY Berlin (Berlin, GER)
Speaker at Design Indaba (Cape Town, RSA)
Development All Material Table
Publication De Volkskrant November 30, 2011
Publication The New Vanguard September 2011
Publication De Volkskrant September 2, 2011
Publication Financial Times August 27, 2011
Publication Items in June 2011
Publication Wallpaper April 2011
Publication Architect March 2011
Publication Frame January 2011
Publication of Home & Interior January 2011
Blog Wallpaper.com April 1, 2011
Blog Cool Hunting March 28, 2011

2005 - 2010

Nominated Brit Insurance's Design of the Year (UK)
Publication NRC Weekly October 19, 2010
Publication De Volkskrant June 23, 2010
Exhibition Salone the Mobile (Milano, IT)
Studied Design Academy, Eindhoven (NL)
Development Elephant Skin
Development Endless
Internship at Ingo Maurer (Munich, GER)