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Come a little closer bench

Posted:  February 8th 2011

Here is the Come a little closer bench in action. It’s just as fun as it looks.

Available here.


New friends

Posted:  January 26th 2011

Friends of Droog are products by leading brands from around the world selected by us to complement the Droog collection. A special welcome to these new friends:

Colour cushion | t.e.

Colour cushion - t.e.

Colour plaid | t.e.

Colour plaid - t.e.

MYdrap serviettes | MYdrap

MYdrap serviettes - MYdrap

Razor and buddypuff hanger | Nothing design

Nothing hanger - Nothing design

Wooden radio | Magno design

Wooden radio - Magno design

Bed linen | Yumeko

Bed linen - Yumeko

Never use white type on black background | Bis publishers

Never use white type on black background - Bis Publishers


Q&A with Peter van der Jagt

Posted:  December 10th 2010

This week Bottoms up doorbell is back in stock after an improved production. We asked the designer, Peter van der Jagt about the design, which he came up with as a student at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem.
Bottoms up doorbell for Droog by Peter van der Jagt

Here’s what he said:

When I was studying, a strange thing happened. I actually became tired of design. And I was not the only one.

What’s the use after all, when fashion creeps in? What’s the use in assigning a colour when, before you know it, it is “so last year”? What’s the use in designing a shape if, within two years, it reminds you of something from way back when?

We thought we had the solution: we simply didn’t design anymore. We just had a good idea and prototyped it, without sketching or deciding on colour, shape or other aesthetic characteristics. The prototype thus became the product instantly. After all, if it can be made once by a student, it could be made many times by anyone, right? (Admittedly, in hindsight, this turns out to be a bit naïve).

This kind of thinking drove the design of Bottoms up doorbell. We were concerned with how the product could tell a story—not a fairy tale or a multi-layered, symbol-ridden social statement—but the story of the product itself.

What is a doorbell? Every single doorbell is a collection of electric parts that release a hammer so it hits two objects emitting a two-tone sound, in order to announce the arrival of company at the door.

Most doorbells are white plastic cubes that say nothing. Nothing about the technique, nothing about how they work, nothing about what a pleasant sound is, or how hospitality is expressed.

I designed the Bottoms up doorbell in 1994. 16 years later, the product is still current. Perhaps as a classic, but not out of nostalgia. Of course design, and the thoughts driving design have evolved, and I think for the better. Nevertheless, not wanting to design wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

The Bottoms up doorbell is available here.

Peter van der Jagt


Christophe Coppens is purveyor to Court of Belgium

Posted:  December 8th 2010

Christophe Coppens has newly been appointed as purveyor to the Court of Belgium.

According to a long established tradition, the list of people whom His Majesty King Albert II appoints as purveyors to the Court of Belgium is determined once a year. In 2010, Coppens was one of the three establishments appointed to the services of the Court. What an honour!

Visit Droog Amsterdam to see the Christophe Coppens 2010-2011 Winter Collection.


Droog Las Vegas is opening soon

Posted:  December 7th 2010

We celebrated the upcoming opening of Droog Las Vegas in partnership with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with a cake from Bakker Baard.  Yummy!

Clafoutis to celebrate Droog Las Vegas


Let it snow

Posted:  December 6th 2010

This was the Tree trunk bench in the Droog Amsterdam courtyard on Saturday. As is usual in Holland, the rain took the snow away on Sunday.

Tree trunk bench in the courtyard of Droog Amsterdam


New friends in our online store

Posted:  November 10th 2010

Newly added products on our online store include Sky planter by Patrick Morris for upside-down growth, nature-carrier Grass ring by Sign In, and “of course nothing else than another additional something” Leather stripes by Bless. Shipped right to your front door.

Not available in USA & Canada.

Grass ring - Sign in

Grass ring - Sign in

Sky planter - boskke

Sky planter - boskke

Leather stripes - Bless

Leather stripes - Bless


Q&A with Sam Hecht

Posted:  October 5th 2010

This week we have released Twin Stopper by Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility. Simply clever, Twin stopper has asymmetrical ends to deal with varying gaps between doors and floors in a compact way. Whatever you are using now, this will certainly be more elegant, not to mention safer.

Sam Hecht

Could you tell us about the philosophy behind your work?

The philosophy is simple. The world we inhabit; the people who inhabit it; the things people use to inhabit it. None of these are better or worse than the other. They are all equal. When you reach this realisation it means that a chair is no more or less important than the person sitting on it, or the room it sits in. So for a doorstop, it should relate to the door as much as relating to the room and the feet walking past.

What are your influences?

Conversations are undoubtedly my biggest influences. I have many and continue to use them as a basis for reasoning.

What was your inspiration behind the Twin stopper?

One can say a doorstopper is extremely banal. It has been with us for so long. But, what can often frustrate people about them is that the wedge inevitably sticks out too much because of the varying gap between the door and the floor, and you trip over them. To generate the form, I took a regular doorstop, cut it in half and attached both ends at right-angles. Depending on the gap size, you can turn it and the doorstop will always stay close to the door.

Twin stopper - red | Droog Accessories

How do you think the Twin stopper relates to Droog?

The way I like to think of Droog is that they interject with issues of everyday life—dealing with doorbells, tablecloths, and now a doorstopper. I like the unpretentious side of Droog, and I like that one does not have to think too much about buying the Twin stopper because it is affordable. It’s a small interjection – nothing too dramatic – but it at least it makes a little bit of improvement on what’s gone before.

How do you see that your work relates to various design trends today?

There are many products that keep coming out where their starting point is novelty. It seems designers have forgotten the original purpose of what they are designing. I personally tested the doorstop for over a year. It is what it is because of how it works and not all because of how it looks.

Do you have a message to young product designers?

In some ways, it’s better to apply one’s mind to forgotten objects–the things we “use” everyday, rather than the things we “look at”. The effect on the world is of improving it ever so slightly without using a lot of resources. I think Droog has always been an inspiration to young designers because they negated the bourgeois in favour of democratic creativity. Young people could finally relate to a type of design that related to them as individuals.

Twin stopper is now available in red and black silicone at Droog Amsterdam and on Droog’s online store for € 12.50 for a set of two.


Droog 2: our second magazine

Posted:  September 28th 2010

Our second issue of the Droog magazine is out now, with news about Milan 2010, the Droog Townhouse, Pioneers of Change and more. Flip through it here, and pick up a copy at Droog Amsterdam.


Q&A with Christophe Coppens

Posted:  September 22nd 2010
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Christophe Coppens’ 2010-2011 Winter collection is on view at Droog Amsterdam until October 17th and at Droog New York until September 25th.

Why is your collection about exotic birds?
In difficult times people should take over the best qualities of birds: the protection of the nest and feathers, the beauty of their colours, their freedom.
How does this collection relate to your past or future body of work?
I have always worked around the theme of protection. Accessories are often there to protect you, against the elements and against the bad bad world. As for the future, we’ll see!
What influence does your role as theatre actor and director have on your work?
My education always follows me with everything I do. I cannot create without thinking of the setting, the soundtrack, the lighting…
What’s next for you?
I’m in Paris next week. I’m working on hats for Manish Arora show. And much more, that is too early to talk about now.
Any thoughts about Droog?
I have always been a fan of Droog, since the beginning. They have always been very strong and consistent in everything they do. I am proud they invited me.
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