Archive for March, 2010

Q&A with Mieke Gerritzen

Posted:  March 31st 2010

Mieke Gerritzen

What was your initial reaction when you read the brief?

“Well, my first reaction was…..that it is a really great idea! To boost the designs of Blokker and the Makro, to really take serious all the industrial production of design in the world. At the same time I thought…. the person who got this idea of saving all the design junk and to bring it back to another level of design and reflection is a genius. No matter what the designers do with it. The idea of pimping up the mainstream is a great statement. It’s not about design these days, its about the message.”


Stay tuned to see how Mieke revived 50 of these safety vests.


Q&A with Marian Bantjes

Posted:  March 31st 2010

Marian Bantjes

What was your initial reaction when you read the brief?

“There is a kind of weirdo excitement we get in a thrift store. Basically you’re surrounded by junk that someone else didn’t want, but there’s a thrill of looking through that junk for the hidden gem … for that one thing that you see value in that was overlooked by others. This is urged by a slightly desperate desire to find it before anyone else does, and tempered by recognizing that it is all, after all, largely junk. So reading the brief and looking at the pictures was exactly like that.”


Has the brief brought something new to your body of work?

“Yes, the chairs particularly … this is very new for me because I only conceived and gave directions for the work. I know many people work like this but I’ve never done anything before that I haven’t actually put my hands on in some way. At the moment it feels very liberating, but we’ll see how they turn out!”

Stay tuned to see what Marian did with 80 of these folding chairs and 1 dining table.


Hello world!

Posted:  March 26th 2010

Salt shaker

Welcome to Droog’s blog, where you will find extra information and behind-the-scene content as it happens–whether it is product news, an interview with a designer, updates on a presentation or event, or a feature on a project by the Lab or the Agency.

First up is our upcoming presentation in Milan, ‘saved by droog’. We saved 5135 items from liquidation sales and other leftovers and asked 14 designers to treat them as raw material. One of the lots was 200 of these humble salt shakers. Wait till you see what designer Eric Klarenbeek did with them! We never could have expected it…

At our presentation from April 14th – 18th, the items will be immediately available for sale in quantities dictated by limited liquidation lot sizes, so make sure you get what you want before it is gone!

If you have any suggestions for postings or feedback, please send your material to [email protected] Make sure to also follow us on Twitter @droogamsterdam @renny10 for live updates throughout the event.

Here’s the official page for the event.

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