Designer Kiki van Eijk presents a cabinet design that opens like a giant sewing box at her studio in Eindhoven.
The cabinet was made of Elm by a carpenter in Arnhem and features knobs cast in solid brass.
The mechanism is supported by springs so that pulling on one side opens up the whole structure, despite its weight, without a motor or electronic components. “I wanted to have the analogue feel of this old-school sewing box, and I wouldn’t like it if you have to open it with two people or if there’s a motor inside because then it becomes something electronic and it really doesn’t fit with the idea,” van Eijk told Dezeen, adding that the project took four years to perfect because the mechanics were so tricky.
Kiki van Eijk was born in 1978 and graduated Cum Laude in 2000 from Design Academy Eindhoven. She became known for her famous ‘Kiki Carpet’.
Now she’s primarily working on her own collection which is presented in galleries, museums and fairs worldwide, in London, Paris, Milan, Venice, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Amsterdam, Moscow, Holon, etc.
By designing with a strong personal touch and idea, Kiki van Eijk strongly represents the new generation of Dutch designers. Kiki’s work is easily recognizable by her mild and playful designs. But don’t be mistaken by the first look of her work. Where it might look very soft and playful, it can be really hard and serious. Kiki puts multiple layers in her designs.
Concept, material, structure, and technique must all be in balance to create a surprising and new design. She finds a great joy, love, and importance in ‘making things’ by hand. This attitude also influences her more industrial projects.