Impossible things before breakfast

A bird cage in which you can swing freely, lamps that branch out like a tree, or a table you can play marbles on. The fantastic world of Ontwerpduo stems from the collaboration and chemistry between Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink.

Tineke likes to imagine things slightly differently from what they are and fantasizes about new functions for them without worrying too much about whether they are practical or technically feasible. They are often things that seem impossible at first sight – until Nathan enters the arena. He sets to work in a workshop that looks a lot like a laboratory. And when he emerges from it, Tineke’s ideas turn out to be feasible after all. And then the whole process can start all over again.

It’s been like that since they studied together at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Even before they graduated with honours, the pair made a pact complete with a mission statement: to translate fairy-tale ideas into functional designs and surprise the world with them. Ontwerpduo, now an established name in Dutch design, also takes other peoples good ideas and makes them a reality. Their portfolio contains custom-made work as well as more mass-produced items. Their clients include Pode, Vij5 and Kidsonroof.

Ontwerpduo has their own studio and showroom in Eindhoven. You’ll also find Nathan and Tineke on Facebook and Twitter.