Using material as it is – pure and straightforward TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: BLOK
It is their passion to create unique interiors, furniture and objects. The designs are different, authentic and original. BLOK consists of the two enthusiastic designers Maurice Blok and Anke van Gestel, who are eager to create beautiful things on a daily basis. “We create unadorned design,” says Van Gestel. Where do you find a workshop where a handcrafted poplar cabinet sits next to a 21st century computer-controlled milling machine? “Technology is a tool just like a handsaw,” says Anke van Gestel, cofounder of BLOK. “Sure, we can design and produce a complete custom-built interior but so can others. What sets us apart is the attention that is given to the
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material and finish. Meaning: we use materials as they are; pure and raw. We do not hide the materials with a layer of lacquer or paint. We show the beauty of the materials as they are.”
A specific style BLOK’s clientele is so diverse that there is no one explicit type; there is no ‘average’ customer. It varies from private individuals to businesses and from hospitality to government. Nevertheless they have one thing in common: they have a specific demand in style. “We work closely together with our clients in developing concepts and interiors. Currently we are working on an in-
terior for a wine bar. Material, form and experience are all entered around a strong and personal design concept,” says Van Gestel. “We have a range of different skills from metalwork, to woodworking as well a trusted network of partners that help bring projects to life.” During the creative process, BLOK keeps in touch with their customers, especially when handling complex products and large projects. They find it necessary to adapt constantly to one another; this ensures that the end result fully satisfies the customer’s wishes. Van Gestel: “Because we can make everything in our workshop, we are flexible and we can usually still make adjustments without adverse effects
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