Sparkle receives recognition Good Industrial Design 2014
An independent jury, under chairman Professor Wim Poelman, picked the design out of 60 submissions. This is an award for the craftsmanship of the designer as well as it is for the producer. “To win this award a product needs to be more than just beautiful. Functionality, innovation en material-use are as important.”
Storytelling Watch Society
We designed a very special storage unit for The Storytelling Watch Society.
Watches that, by applying a tag, icon or text on the dial, refer to a major event in the wearers life. For example a birth, a retirement, graduation or death. The pebble shape of this stone resin unit represents something that is shaped by the flow of water/life. On this pebble the life time event is written out in a poem. The tags, icons and poems are custom made by an international pool of poets, writers, graphic designers and artist.
A very special gift for a very special event.
Sparkle lounge chair for Leolux
We recently developed a new lounge chair for Leolux. A compact, very comfortable chair which will fit in even the smallest urban appartment. Fabrics, stich and frame color can be customized to your liking. This way you can make very bold combinations or you can choose for a more conventional approach. 100% pure craftmanship, made in Holland.
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OBJECT is a fair for contemporary design and was held during Art Rotterdam in De Rotterdam, the new building by Rem Koolhaas. Two of our products where exhibited here on the 33th floor with a fantastic view over this industrial city.
Dining table launched at IMM Köln
Simple dining table made of steel and wood. The frames square steel profiles are twisted 45 degrees to give the design it's edge. The frame is powder coated in white. In combination with a light tabletop this results in a Scandinavian look and feel.
Soon available in our web shop.
North/South metro line displays
We are currently designing the digital arrival time displays for all the stations of the new North/South metro line in Amsterdam. Unfortunately we're not allowed to show you anything yet.
Gispen Today chair in Stedelijk Museum
Today it became official: Our Gispen Today chair is being included in the phenomonal collection of The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. We feel very honored that our work is part of this wolrd class design collection.
We are very exited to announce that we are currently developing a new product for Pode, a LeoLux company.
New studio space
Recently we have moved our design studio to 4 new spaces in the same building on the Keizersgracht 174 in Amsterdam. After some renovation works we have had a grand opening last friday. Many joined us for some drinks.
A propper upgrade if you ask us!
LiliLite exhibited in Milan
Our LiliLite will be shown during the international Salone del Mobile 2013. It will be part of the exhibition "AROUND THE BOOK" at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum from 4-29 April.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Manzoni, 12
Gispen Today furniture in VPRO's Tegenlicht
The Gispen Today chairs and dining table were featured in an episode of Tegenlicht, a Dutch documentary series. Scientist and philosopher Bas Haring researches the labour market of the future, where instead of earning money, happiness and freedom are becoming the primal goal.
Watch the episode of Tegenlicht here.
Recognition Good Industrial Design for Gispen Today chair
The chair Thijs Smeets designed for Gispen Today got a recognition as Good Industrial Design at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. An independent jury picked our chair out of 90 other designs.
Studio Smeets Design solo exhibition
Studio Smeets has a solo exhibition at Inside Design, organised by Elle Decoration. Inside Design is a temporary design invasion in Amsterdam. A pop-up design route through IJburg connects temporary units, a stackable camping, mobile dressed windows, and many other locations.
The Studio Smeets exhibition will be from 21 till 23 September at the Ben van Meerendonkstraat 317-6.
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Gispen Today in EYE Film Institute Amsterdam
The Dutch release exhibition of Gispen Today collection designed by Thijs Smeets will be held from 27 April till 7 May in the amazing building of the EYE Film Institute Amsterdam that was recently opened. You are welcome to view the exhibition and enjoy your complimentary cinema ticket.
Gispen Today launched in Milan
During the Salone Del Mobile 2012 in Milan the collection Gispen Today designed by Thijs Smeets will be launched.
You are all welcome on 19 April from 17.00 onwards in the lobby of the Nhow Hotel on Via Tortona 35 in Milan.
Helios in-flight flatware exhibitedIn March 2012, the collection of in-flight flatware Studio Smeets designed for Helios was exhibited in Hamburg, Germany at the International Travel Catering Trade Show. Helios will produce this line for the business and first class of a major airline.
New LiliLite webshop launched
A brand new webshop for LiliLite is online.
Take a visit and watch the video.
Studio Smeets wins Toon van Tuijl Design Award
Jurgen Bey announced this at the Dutch Design Award show. The Toon van Tuijl Award chooses the best Dutch design produced in a development country and meant for the western market.
The other finalists were Piet Hein Eek and Anne-Claire Petit, see the awardshow video of the nominated projects (scroll down).
The effectiveness of design
20% more profit with good design! We already knew this but scientific research from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam confirmed that investing in good design really pays off:
'De financiële prestatie van een nieuw product levert een winst op van bijna 20% als er bij de ontwikkelingsfase veel aandacht wordt besteed aan design. Dit blijkt uit het wetenschappelijk onderzoek ‘Effectiviteit van Design’, geïnitieerd door de Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers (BNO) en gefinancierd door Stichting Pictoright en het ministerie van Economische Zaken. Het onderzoek werd uitgevoerd door Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University en de TU Delft. Vierhonderd managers van Nederlandse bedrijven uit de goederenproducerende en de dienstverlenende sectoren namen deel aan het onderzoek.'
The Best Idea of the Netherlands
In August 2010 Thijs Smeets was part of the jury of the television series Het Beste Idee van Nederland (The Best Idea of The Netherlands). Sixty semifinalists presented their product ideas in a short pitch. The jury selected the happy few that went to the finals. The show will be broadcasted from August to November.
Hampi plates exhibited by Designboom in SeoulThe Raaga collection Studio Smeets designed for Hampi Products was selected by Designboom to be part of their exhibition at the Seoul Design Fair 2010, one of the leading design fairs in the world. The Kitchen Ecology Exhibition curated by Designboom was one of the most attended exhibitions at the fair.
LiliLite exhibited at the WIRED gallery in New York
From 26 November till 27 December 2009 LiliLite will be exhibited in a pop-up gallery in New York City. LiliLite is part of the collection of the coolest products launched last year WIRED Magazine selected for this exhibition.
LiliLite was also featured in the December 2009 issue of WIRED Magazine and the annual gift guide.
Nomination for Horecava Innovation Award
The Studio Smeets designs for Hampi products have been nominated for the Horecava Innovation Award 2010. A jury of experts, journalists and entrepreneurs has selected the Raaga collection in the category Interior & Design.
New office for Studio Smeets
We are very excited to announce that Studio Smeets moved to the beautiful and monumental building on the Keizersgracht 174 in Amsterdam.