Which one of your designs are you most proud of?
I can’t really choose just one. There are so many different aspects and moments that make my work special and fun. If I had to choose one, the Dutchtub has been making me proud for 18 years now. It’s very special to me that people are so enthusiastic about it and that the Dutchtub is what brings the people, the place and the moment together.
Another successful design is the Guidelight. Could you tell us more about this product?
The Guidelight was inspired by my need for one lamp which could function as both a flashlight for adventures as well as a romantic lantern. These are two completely different needs, but I was convinced I should be able to combine them into one great product. The Guidelight is the result of this constant search that came from this user need. It can be complex sometimes to keep designs simple, but I feel like I really achieved that here. For example, it is remarkable how children react to the Guidelight and how intuitively they use it. That, to me, is the highest possible achievement.
One of my favorite experiences with the Guidelight is when I chased away an intruder in my garden using my Guidelight as a flashlight. When I saw it was the neighbor looking for his cat, we ended up chatting around the Guidelight’s soft light for a while!
Like us, you value being outside and discovering your surroundings. What would be the ultimate “Weltevree moment” you would recommend to people?
Timing: not what, but when. It gives you a lot of freedom to visit places at times when there is no one else. I personally try to travel through the Netherlands outside of the standard seasons and peak moments. Nature is just as pretty on a random day in the week, late in fall, or when it’s not sunny. This lets you experience your surroundings in a very different way to how you would on a sunny and crowded Sunday afternoon. When you go outside on days with bad weather you will always be rewarded with a surprising and unexpected beauty.
Finally, is there something you would like to be remembered for?
I have a wish to contribute to a better living environment and changing culture. It would be nice if people would remember me as a designer who kept introducing new things to enrich their lives.