Discover Benelux & France | Issue 17 | May 2015

Page 37

4_DiscoverBenelux_Issue17_May_2015_Q9_Scan Magazine 1 28/04/2015 13:10 Page 37

Discover Benelux & France | Special Theme | Interior Design Solutions

Located at the heart of Utrecht, Workshop of Wonders creates a unique form of architecture and furnishing by highlighting interior identity and mixing traditional classics with innovative design and technology.

skin of our clients and to discover their DNA.” Vos explains how they tell spatial narratives, next to creating innovative office environments. Their projects for Nike for example focused on sport, competition and sporting equipment. Also heritage, like the history of Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman, gives them a great deal of material to design the new central ‘eat and meet’ area at Nike's European Headquarters in Hilversum.

ing collection, every show presents different aspects of the fascinating field of furniture and lighting design by telling stories of how the objects came to be designed, produced and from which sources they were made.

Creating memories Uniqueness of Workshop of Wonders What makes Workshop of Wonders distinctive is that their showroom is also used as their design studio. “Working in the gallery itself makes you get to know the ins and outs of the pieces much better,” says Van der Schoot.

Themed showroom Every three months, the Workshop of Wonders transforms their showroom based on a themed exhibit. Their current show Northern Delights, which can be seen till 31 May 2015, features new creations from Northern Europe, including Denmark’s Noergaard-Kechays, Stefan Diez of Germany and the Netherlands (eQ+, Jacco Maris and NotOnlyWhite). But with the Grand Départ of the Tour de France taking place in Utrecht this summer, the duo promises that the next showroom will have a completely French character. Making use of the numerous brands and designers that contribute to their furnish-

Japanese craft products find their roots in a Scandinavian tradition. Like in our interiors, it is a mix between the classics and innovative design and technology,” Vos says.

“Instead of ordering stock, we’d rather invest in our partners and their brands via the different shows. you can see our showroom as a 3D business card,” Van der Schoot adds. In their collection they have great classics from Danish designer Hans Wegner from the ‘50s and the newest creations by the French Bouroullec brothers. Workshop of Wonders is also the only dealer in the Netherlands to sell the exclusive brand Maruni Wood Industry from Japan. “Maruni offers a contemporary translation of pieces from the ‘50s and ‘60s. It is thrilling to see that these new

Workshop of Wonders is about creating memories and designing experiences. Interior architecture and furniture design form the medium to express a part of the emotions that people feel, a tool to connect with the wants and necessities of living. Workshop of Wonders is a studio that desires to translate immaterial matters as directly as possible into a tangible environment. “We want to see the character of the users reflected in our spaces,” Vos says. The duo does not limit itself to residential and office environments for their clients. It is also active in the space in between. They will also remain focused on hospitality in the future, in which they can express their love for the good life. Therefore, we can expect wonderful hotels, restaurants and spas, all with a special WOW effect.

Issue 17 | May 2015 | 37