Ten years ago I finally found a compact solution for replacing coffee tables. I like to dance in my living room, so I need all the space I can get! To me the most iconic tableware are the traditional plates and saucers used in hotels. They are also the sturdiest. Basically just a plate is enough to place your food and drinks and most other things on. After making a disastrous series of prototypes a solid and elegant support was created. Since then we are happy to have a whole island of plates waiting to be picked up and used to entertain our friends.
The making of the first series was also my first somewhat bigger production. The Materiaalfonds selected me to support the realisation of three hundred items and it was the first time I went to prison…. Picking up the supports after they were made in the historic prison village of Veenhuizen was a special experience. You can only enter the premises after leaving your papers and cell phone at the gate, then you have to go through a lock chamber in the middle of nowhere with car and all and then you are let loose among the inmates.
LIFE IS A PARTY has gathered many fond memories for me. My design and I were invited to be part of design exhibitions in Moscow and Madrid and we partied along nicely! In Madrid I was asked permission to use the cup and saucer to serve coffee to our prime minister in the Dutch Embassy. Due to insurance issues it was not to happen… I did deliver some pieces at the MAC in Dallas myself. It was an honour to be rewarded with a design prize in my own region and making the accompanying video with Jenny Piso was lots of fun!
It is my pleasure to see how LIFE IS A PARTY is being used in many a reception area, in private corners and as displays for all sort of things. It idefinitely invites to play! At the start of this design a large and small soup plate were also available. For the followers of my stories I still have some in store…..