Is that partly because you also get your inspiration from the outdoors?
Definitely! The outdoors is a huge source of inspiration for me personally. It is in the way that I live, where I live, who or what I run into and the solutions to problems I think of. It is the freedom I experience.
This solving of problems seems to be a common theme throughout your designs. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know… why do some people love artichokes and others don’t? To me solving problems is a fun challenge. I just really like thinking of solutions. I’d describe it as riddles in my head, but in a 3D-shape. I don’t know exactly why I like it. I just do.
It gives me a rush to start with a problem that needs solving: what is the most efficient way to do it? What is the most fun way? What is the cheapest way? There are many different approaches to solving a problem. And to me, that is a fun kick starter to designing things.
Didn’t you think of the Carrier from a similar starting point: the solving of problems and something you missed in your daily life?
Yes, the Carrier is a good example of that. It has kind of turned into a real allrounder. It came from the ritual of lighting a fireplace. When you do that every morning in your house or houseboat, it becomes a ritual similar to making coffee or tea. I was really missing a toolbox that could keep all the items you need for this ritual in one place. Because to light a fireplace, you need a lot of tools: from a lighter and a piece of paper, to small twigs and an axe. All these items need to be carried from outside to inside. The Carrier offers a possibility to easily carry all these items with you. It brings together all the essentials. And then you can sit on it too!