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A basement on the Upper West Side served as a storage and shipping facility, and many of the clients were in New York City. So, in those early days, Jan van der Lande delivered most orders personally, and by bike. This was the base of operations for Kikkerland from 1992 until 1995. After studying agriculture and environmental studies, Jan changed course completely and started working at the design store Gallery 91 in Soho (1989 - 1991). He learned a lot about the design business there and met a number of designers. Jan also had friends from Holland who were active in the design world. Dick Dankers and Cok de Rooy from the Frozen Fountain and Rob Dashorst from Daskas introduced him to many other designers and products from Holland. In fact, Jan has represented independent self-producing designers since 1987. During his research and scouting trips to Holland, Jan met many designers who had recently finished art school. People like Hella Jongerius, Richard Hutten and others. It led Kikkerland to start importing their designs to the USA.

1994 Bottle Opener designed by Gert Jan Vogel

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Jan helped produce these lamps designed by Martha Davis and Lisa Krohn in New York during his years at Gallery 91. A great recycling project avant la lettre! These lamps turned out to be a precursor to Kikkerland. Besides their design sensibility, these lamps foreshadowed things that define Kikkerland today: originality, humor, affordability, and environmental concern.

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First trade show booth at the Javits Center in New York.

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V vase, designed by Rob Dashorst, was one of the early successes for Kikkerland. Jan and Rob went to the same kindergarten in Holland, so they had known each other for a long time! Originally Rob wanted Kikkerland to produce these vases in the United States to save on shipping, but it turned out to be a bit more complicated than expected. So, they were ended up being imported from Holland.

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Bowl B/V by Vincent de Rijk. Combination of porcelain inside and translucent resin outside. This product is in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The exact formula for making the bowls was lost in a tragic fire at de Rijk’s studio and the bowls can no longer be produced. 2002

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Wander Stool, designed by Ruud Jan Kokke. This product is also in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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“De Jonge Reus” (Young Giant), designed by Hella Jongerius.

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Richard Hutten’s No Sign of Design furniture and Table upon Table Barstool, plus the DK clock from Designum, designed by Paul Schudel.

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First printed catalog This catalog was loosely divided into 2 sections: arts and design. Although there was some overlap between the categories, the arts section featured then popular rustic glass and ironware from Europe. The design section was more similar to what Kikkerland is today.

Prior to this catalog (with black/white interior), the promotional material was photocopied, and handed out in combination with color photos.

Firefly, designed by Chris Koens, first appeared in the 1996 catalog.

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First original product The critter designed by Chico Bicalho. Shown here is the first 1997 version produced by Kikkerland with pink key and white booties. Originally Chico produced and sold the critters himself with windup mechanisms he purchased on Canal Street in New York’s Chinatown. The product was so successful that the mechanisms became impossible to find -- Chico had used them all! That’s when Jan set out on his search to find a factory that could make them again. It was not easy and he almost gave up, but at the last minute he found the company in Hong Kong. To this day Mr. Cheung is still instrumental in bringing the designs from Chico to life. It is hard to imagine today the huge gamble this project constituted for Kikkerland at the time, buying a whole container full of windup toys! Not only did it turn out to be a success, it actually changed the course of the company. 1992

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First color catalogs The critter made its appearance in the first color catalog in 1997. Kikkerland was starting to become a real company! There would be one more Xeroxed catalog after this one, but from then on, the catalogs were printed in full color. Kikkerland relies on these semi-annual catalogs, as well as trade shows, web sites, and packaging for promotion.

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Harlem Office The building in Harlem was the Kikkerland home from 1994 until 2009. Shown here in 2007, with David Kucharsky at his desk. Photo by Jaeyulee (aka Jay Lee). 2002

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Mxyplyzyk In the late 1980s and early 90s, many designers produced and distributed their designs in small quantities to design stores and museum stores. One of those stores, Mxyplyzyk, in the West Village of Manhattan, was a client of Kikkerland and became an important source of information. Owner Kevin Brynan introduced Jan to a number of the designers whose products he sold in his store. Later on he joined Jan on several scouting trips to Asia and even now reports trends from the retail perspective to Kikkerland. In 1996 he introduced Jan to Chico Bicalho, who, in turn, introduced him to former classmates at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) David Dear and Jozeph Forakis. These seemingly small events turned out to have a big influence on the direction and success of Kikkerland. RISD students fltr Jozeph Forakis, Maria Dombrowski, David Dear, Victoria Kann, and Chico Bicalho.

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Critter family anno 2001 Clockwise Sparklz, Critter, Spinney, Katita and Cosmojetz

Duck Mirror, designed by David Dear. Produced by Kikkerland in 1998 and still in the collection! Originally it was going to be a chicken mirror, and it took awhile to get the feet correct in production. David used to produce these mirrors himself, selling them to Mxyplyzyk and other stores.

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Rainbowmaker Designed by David Dear in 1999 and still going strong. Additional variations were added to the line: Heart, Double and Chime Rainbowmakers. You have to see it in action to really get it, which initially created a lot of problems for packaging and at trade shows. Luckily word of mouth and the offer from Kikkerland to buy the product back if it did not sell helped to overcome those obstacles. The Rainbowmaker was produced by Mr. Chen, who was just starting out at the time. Now he is the biggest producer of clocks in the world! The Rainbowmaker and the Flip Clock are early examples of Kikkerland making products that required substantial investments in tooling and production.

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Flip Clock Designed by Michael Daniel. Another connection made through Kevin from Mxyplyzyk. Michael used to produce these robot clocks by hand with existing flip clock mechanisms. The factory that made those mechanisms burned down in the 1970s and so they were no longer produced. The whole mechanism needed to be retooled for Kikkerland production.

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Early packaging When Kikkerland started to produce its own products, it also needed its own packaging. Much of this creative packaging design was done by Pieter Woudt. Early on, there was more of an individual look to packaging. For instance, each member of the Critter family had its own logo reflecting special looks and abilities. But when the amount of packaging mushroomed, it soon became clear that it was no longer possible to always create individual looks and logos. Still, packaging is an important part of every product. Because Kikkerland does not advertise directly to end-consumers, the packaging is the most effective way for a product to get attention.

Design by Chico Bicalho

Keep out of reach of minors

a Kikkerland Product

New York, USA, 212-267-2250

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Invisible Cards Designed by Pieter Woudt. After a very long production process that started in 2000, involving a switch of production facilities and a complete redesign, the cards ended up in store in 2003. They were an instant hit. SFMoMA sold out 200 decks in the first day! And with the help of big box stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, the Invisible Cards became the first Kikkerland item to sell one million units in a year!

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Bookends Designed by Chris Collicott and produced by Kikkerland in 2005. Another selfproducing designer introduced to Kikkerland by Kevin from Mxyplyzyk! Chris has literally had a hand on many of Kikkerland’s products. His own designs, like the ever-popular Solar Queens, are in our collection; he also sculpts products on assignment.

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Logo The first logo for Kikkerland was a triangle. It was reference to the popular V-Vase by Rob Dashorst. For his stationery and business cards design in 1994, Jan hired Pieter Woudt, who just started his own design company 212-BIG-BOLT after having worked as a senior designer for MTV for 5 years. Pieter has been designing for Kikkerland ever since. First there were the Xeroxed catalogs, later printed ones, then packaging, product design, and websites. The triangle stayed but it was inserted into an eye. For the 1996 catalogue, the triangle was used as an icon for the design section. In 1999 this changed into a pyramid and became the icon that was used in various forms from 1998 until 2008 when it was retired.

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The logo type for Kikkerland is derived from a font designed by the Dutch architect Hendrik Berlage around 1900. Pieter Woudt designed a version of it as early as 1994 for a clock face and it was further refined in 1999 and it has been in use ever since. The tab with rounded corners was first used in 2002 in the first streamlining of the packaging design. After a rebranding by Lev Zeitlin in 2008, the tab was to be used only as a red tab with white letters. Previously, red had been used as the dominant color for most packaging. The type on the logo changed direction going down instead of up and the tab was made wider. The tab shape was also revised back to its original shape.

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Catalogs Catalogs come out twice a year and are designed by Pieter Woudt. The format has changed several times. It is currently a standard letter size, but getting thicker and thicker.

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TOP HITS

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V Vase by Rob Dashorst

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Critter by Chico Bicalho

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Zecar by Chico Bicalho

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Chiminea by David Weeks

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BV Bowl by Vincent de Rijk

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Duck Mirror by David Dear

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Invisible Cards by Pieter Woudt

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Push Light by Jozeph Forakis


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Bottle Opener by Gert Jan Vogel

Table Barstool by Richad Hutten

Firefly by Chris Koens

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Rainbow Maker by David Dear

Flip Clock by Michael Daniel

UBO light by Uriben-Or

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Tape Timer by Jozeph Forakis

Bookends by Chris Collicott

Magnito by Josh Owen

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Solar Queen by Chris Collicott

Ultraflat Clock by Thomas Buchheim

Pea by Chico Bicalho


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Shaka Shaka came with the building in Harlem. She was an abandoned watchdog, a German Shepherd mix, and Jan and Kazumi adopted her. She would come to the office most days and always behaving perfectly. She passed away in 2011 and will be missed by all of us.

Shaka with the Mustache Photo Paddle designed by Steven Haulenbeek. There was even a product named after her: Shaka The Dog Key Finder. If you whistle, it will bark to let you know where your keys are. Unfortunately this product is no longer available.

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Website In 2001 Kikkerland launched its first website. It started out pretty basic with some minor movement and showing only select products. The complete collection was added later along with several other design updates. And in 2008, we went live with an online shop. The current website is designed by Krate and can be updated day-to-day by the main computer inventory system. A huge improvement. Kikkerland also has a blog and Facebook and Twitter accounts. Check them out for the latest updates.

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Tradeshow booths Since 1999 the trade show booths have been designed and produced by Thomas Buchheim. The lightweight tubular system first used in 2005 created a unique look and was easy to transport and set up. Kikkerland attends more than 85 trade shows a year in different countries all over the world. Since 2003 Thomas has been accompanying Jan on scouting trips for new products at trade shows in Asia and Europe. In addition to selecting and styling many Kikkerland products, he also designs products. Below is his Ultraflat Wall Clock from 2010.

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Reforestation Project in Brazil The Mil Folhas Project began in 1996 to reforest a public area of 200,000 m2 (50 acres) in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. The area, originally covered by the native Atlantic Forest of altitude, was completely devastated in the mid 1970’s for highway work. Since its year of inception 2002, all royalties from ZéCar plus a generous Matching Fund from Kikkerland, go entirely to the Mil Folhas Project. So far, ZéCar has helped to plant more than 180 thousand trees of 150 different species native of the Atlantic Forest. The project will continue for the next several years, until all 300 thousand trees are planted, at which point new reforestation projects can begin. For more information and photos, please visit www.projetomilfolhas.com

Cesar Mascarenhas, Chico Bicalho, Jan van der Lande, April 2004.

Designed by Chico Bicalho and styled by Gaga Casari, Zecar came into this world for a very important mission, besides entertaining us.

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Photos taken in 2000, 2008, and 2012 show reforestation progress at the eastern side of Interstate BR-040.

Chico in 2011 next to a Jequitiba tree that Jan and Kazumi planted in 2003.

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Build03 In 2009 designer Josh Owen approached Kikkerland about sponsoring a project for the School of Design at Philadelphia University, where he was a design professor. Kikkerland agreed. Students in their sophomore year would work with Kikkerland on a start-tofinish design challenge where one student’s work would be mass-produced. Each student was to take an object from the past, bring it up to date, and have it “tell a story”. The results of the project were shown

Build03 book

at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York in 2010.

Student and professor, Brenden Feucht and Josh Owen.

Jigger Cube designed by Josh Owen for Kikkerland in 2007, winner of the International Design Award and Chicago Good Design Award.

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Gas Can Money Bank Brenden Feucht’s Gas Can Money Bank for Kikkerland Design was the 1st place winner of the BUILD 03 Kikkerland Design Challenge in association with The Philadelphia University Industrial Design Department.

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Graffiti Cocktail Shaker Originally only one product was going to be produced as part of Build03. Going into it, Kikkerland had no idea what to expect and only committed in advance to the one. As it turned out, there were a lot of good ideas and the next season the runner up Graffiti Cocktail Shaker, designed by William Kellogg, was produced as well.

Kikkerland’s Jay Lee, David Kucharsky, and Laura Kellner with Professor Josh Owen, Assistant Professor, Jason Lampieri and the students. 1992

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Mexican Design Challenge

The colorful booth at the ICFF designed

In late 2010 Kikkerland organized the Mexi-

by Jan Habraken.

can Design Challenge, in collaboration with Ariel Rojo, Gava Design, and Universidad Nacional Aut贸noma de M茅xico (UNAM). The objective of the design challenge was to create products that combine Kikkerland character together with a Mexican cultural reference. The contest was open to Industrial Design Students attending UNAM where Ariel Rojo is a professor. And it engaged the students in aspects of design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing sales and distribution. Mexican Design Challenge book

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Luchador Bottle Openers designed by Rojo and AndrĂŠs Lhima. Each Luchador Bottle Opener is a mini-wrestler applying a lock hold to an opponent -- in this case a beer bottle.

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Kikkerland representatives chose five finalists and put their prototypes on display at the 2011 ICFF. Visitors were invited to vote for their favorite finalist via in-booth ballots or on Kikkerland’s Facebook page. Over 1,000 votes later the winner was the Luchador Bottle Openers. There was such overwhelming response to this

Day of the Dead Corkscrew designed by Rojo

project and so many viable ideas

and Stephanie SuĂĄrez. Every year the lives of loved ones who have passed are celebrated with

for products that Kikkerland decided to produce 3 additional products for their Spring 2012 catalog!

offerings, food and drink at the Day of the Dead holiday. Sugar skulls are part of this tradition and serve as the inspiration for this design.

Fossil erasers designed by Rojo and Gilberto Gonzales. The Fossil Erasers were inspired by the idea of erosion and how it affects our

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current landscape while revealing

Gator Grater designed by Rojo

traces of the past.

and Sarahi Delgado.

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ICFF Shows Since 2007 Kikkerland has been participating in the ICFF at the Javits Center in New York. The booths are designed by Jan Habraken. The Can booth at the ICFF show in 2009 was made from real Campbell soup cans. When the show was over the cans were donated to charity. Jan Habraken’s design studio FormNation is on the same floor as Kikkerland at 666 Broadway. Besides the ICFF booths, he also designs products. The Poodle USB Hub is one of his many recent designs for Kikkerland.

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Kikkerland Inhouse Design Team The team of staff designers started in 2005 and has grown to 4 people. They crank out a huge number of products and packaging each and every season. Kikkerland has been consistently adding about 150 different items to its collection every 6 months, which amounts to about one product per day! The team currently consists of David Kucharsky, Jay Lee, Zach Weiss and Cristina G贸mez.

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NoHo office In 2010 Kikkerland moved into their new office on 666 Broadway.

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Global Kikkerland sells products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Kikkerland opened up its European Headquarters in Rotterdam in 2006 and a Hong Kong office 2010.

Kikkerland Europe office and crew at the Beursplein in Rotterdam.

Lots of enthusiasm at a trade show booth in South Korea.

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2012 and beyond Here are some more of the 180 new Kikkerland products from the Spring 2012 Catalog. We are curious ourselves what we will come up with in the future, but we are confident it will be fun, innovative, surprising, etcetera, etcetera... Stay tuned!

Pixel Heart Morph Mug by Kikkerland Design

Sal N Pepi Shakers by Sebastian Errazuriz

Animal Butt Magnets by Stephanie Mantis

Open Up Bottle Opener by J.P. Meulendijks

Cassette Lenticular iPhone Case by Kikkerland Design

Owl Contact Lens Case by Jan Habraken

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Bolt USB Hub by Jan Habraken

Paper SLR Pinhole Camera by Kikkerland Design

Lonely City USB Hub by David Weeks

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Robo Buddy Ear Buds & Cord Wrap by Chris Ng

Diamonds Reusable Ice Cubes by Jan Habraken

Lucky Beggar Wallet by George Skelcher

Flat Light by Kikkerland Design

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Acknowledgements Designers: Inna Alesina, Pascal Bauer, Chico Bicalho, Matthew Bird, Constantin Boym, Thomas Buchheim, Chris Collicott, Rita Cortes, Michael Daniel, Rob Dashorst, David Dear, Sarahi Delgado, Martijn Deurloo, Sebastian Errazuríz, Design Glut, Ding3000, Doly Design, Brenden Feucht, Hans Fichtner, Jozeph Forakis, Jess Giffin / Jim Termeer, Gilberto Gonzalez, Jan Habraken, Steven Haulenbeek, Mike He, Kazuki Hokuto, Dolf Hulsebosch, Richard Hutten, I3 Lab, Anouk Jansen, Eric Janssen, Hella Jongerius, David Jost, Victoria Kann, William Kellogg, Chris Koens, Ruud Jan Kokke, Tessa van der Kooy, Jan Willem Leenhouts, Annie Legroulx, Ran Lerner, Gabrielle Lewin, Adam Lewin, Paul Loebach, Joe Manic, Steph Mantis, J.P. Meulendijks, Aleksandr Mukomelov, Chris Ng, Colin O’Dowd, Josh Owen, Benno Premsela, Eric Pol, Pollen Design, Rob Price, Reno, Rich Brilliant Willing, Vincent de Rijk, Garth Roberts (Group Inc), Judy Roberts, Ariel Rojo, Jane Sanders, Andrew Saville, Petz Scholtus, Paul Schudel, George Skelcher, Chris Specce, Stephanie Suárez, Bruce Tharp (Materious), Uriben-Or, Ed van Veldhoven, Yvon Visser, Gert Jan Vogel, David Weeks, Paul Weynheymer, Walter Windisch, Pieter Woudt, Lev Zeitlin, Elizabeth Zhe Photographers: Ken Ferdman, Laura Kellner, Lisa Klappe. Nick Kuskin, Jay Lee, Ulalume Zavala, Zach Weiss Brochure design by Pieter Woudt Thanks to all the people who buy our products and everybody who helped make Kikkerland a success in the past 20 years. Sales people, reps, distributors, shippers, manufacturers, store owners, administrators, accountants, printers, lawyers and everybody we forgot to mention. You know who you are. Thanks and looking forward to the future.

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