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MEUBELFABRIEK DE VALK:
Quality Dutch design TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: MEUBELFABRIEK DE VALK
Meubelfabriek De Valk is unique in many respects. Not only does it have over 60 years’ experience in developing furniture, it is also one of the very few companies in the Netherlands housing every possible production discipline under one roof. Sneek-based Meubelfabriek De Valk specialises in producing large series of chairs (with or without coupling) for every possible purpose: from cantinas to offices, and from football stadiums to churches. Alongside many different chair models, De Valk’s collection includes a variety of tables, armchairs, waiting benches, bar stools and coat racks. On average, 160,000 chairs and 30,000 other products are manufactured per year. Instead of following many companies in taking production abroad, De Valk houses craftsmen and women for every possible discipline, ensuring an end product of the highest quality and with good value for money. “From making metal frames, to powder coating, to upholstering, to 34 | Issue 46 | October 2017
injection molding: we do everything ourselves,” emphasises general manager Maurice van Dijke. “It makes us incredibly flexible in terms of production and delivery, as we do not have to rely on many external parties.” This flexibility is extended to order amounts: whether ordering six or 6,000 chairs – anything is possible. Customers can choose from an extensive catalogue of products with various styles, yet produce can also be adapted to one’s wishes. “We can deliver metal frames in any desirable colour and fabrics that meets the customer’s demand,” Van Dijke continues. “Especially over the last years, we have noticed the increased importance of flexibility in terms of design. So, whether a client wants the frame to be a bit broader or a stool somewhat lower, we take care of it.” Meubelfabriek de Valk is located in the province of Friesland, near the village where it was founded almost 70 years ago by two brothers. “The company originally started producing ice skates,” Van
Dijke laughs. “But in order to ensure continuity, the brothers began developing terrace furniture over time. This expansion of the assortment proved to be an excellent choice and it helped the company to grow into a successful furniture business as it is now. In the near future, the company will try to strengthen its position in the industry by introducing new models and concepts for specific markets.” While we are currently over 60 years further, Meubelfabriek De Valk still carries the same values as it always has: developing and producing high-quality furniture with good value, fit for every thinkable purpose.
Maurice van Dijke.