by Studio Droog. A lavishly decorated centre piece by German silversmith Wenzel Jamnitzer, is now re-decorated with 3D-printed magnetic miniatures of the Rijksmuseum collection.

Source: Merkelsche Centrepiece, Wenzel Jamnitzer, 1549; miniature, anonymous, ca 1770; Miniature burnt wine bowl, Frederick of Strant (II), 1740; Miniature fi sh basket, Abraham Vilelle 1778; Miniature Coffee Pot, Frederik Sleuman, 1772; Cabinet of silver in Louis XVI style.Two doors and three drawers, Hermanus Hill, 1787; Chair with openwork back surmounted by a crest, Jan Bonket, 1779; Silver Chair, Michael Maenbeeck, ca 1662 – ca 1666; Handbell of silver, anonymous, ca 1700 – ca 1800; miniature, anonymous, ca 1770

Tableware collection

Landscape with Houses defines the ceramic and glassware collection designed by Studio Droog. By
deconstructing the image into layers, and editing them into individual
patterns, Studio Droog cleverly harnessed the signature linework of Van Gogh to
create new patterns that can be played with. 

Translucent glass plates of various sketched patterning can be stacked to
recreate the original painting; glass and ceramic tumblers don dancing strokes
and lines – as if doodled by Van Gogh himself; patterned bowls and vases make
masterpieces of your food and flowers; and tealights cast shadows of an
impressionist painter’s mark.

Family Vase

Designer: Studio Droog
Material: Z Corp 3D printing technology

Napkin collar

by Studio Droog. A ruff is given a new function, adding a touch of elegance to any table setting.

Source: Irregular wavy ruff of linen batiste, consisting of a long strip on a linen collar is pleated with a small border decoration in stitch, cross stitch marked in red silk ‘CY’, anonymous, ca 1615 – ca 1635


by Studio Droog. Participate in a new kind of fl ower arranging with this body tattoo. Museum meets street culture.

Source: ‘Still life with flowers and glass vase’ by Jan Davidszn. de Heem, 17th Century

Layer plates

by Studio Droog. The motif of a historical plate has been distilled onto four glass plates. Enjoy each on its own, stack them to recreate the original motif, or create one of your own imagination.

Source: Plate with Imari decor, porcelain factory on the Amstel, 1784 – 1814

The New Original

Aiming to raise discourse on the future of design, Droog Lab went to Shenzhen, China, the epicentre of copycat culture, with the intent of copying China.

The result is a collection of 26 works by Studio Droog, Richard Hutten, Ed Annink, Stanley Wong and Urbanus each taking copying as a starting point. From a classic Chinese teapot with an added robust handle by Richard Hutten, to an inverted Chinese restaurant that features a miniature table setting inside a fish tank by Studio Droog—each piece translates an essence of the original in a literal way. In partnership with Today Art Museum, Beijing, and OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen, the collection will be exhibited at the Hi space zhen Jia shopping mall in Guangzhou from March 9th – April 9th, 2013.

Chinese companies and the government are working hard to shed their copycat reputation. But copying does not only produce exact replicas. Chinese imitation and pirated brands and goods often introduce novelty by adding something, upgrading, or adapting for another market. By linking copying to creativity, The New Original demonstrates that the process of copying is clearly more than just mere replication—it can be a real driver in innovation.

We have reached a level of saturation in design and in the market, that it’s time to think more intelligently about what to do with the surplus, and use it in the design process. We should take better advantage of our collective intelligence,” states Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. “Imitation can also be inspiration.”

With funding from Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, City of Amsterdam and local partners.

Tray on wheels

Designer: Studio Droog
Material: tray (supplied by Makro Netherlands), skateboard wheels, coating

Tip-up seat

Designer: Studio Droog
Material: printed fabric (supplied by Vlisco / Van Gansewinkel Group), coating

Tasting Glasses

Designer: Studio Droog
Material: glass (supplied by Royal Leerdam / Libbey Europe), coating


Designer: Studio Droog
Material: cutting board (supplied by Makro Netherlands), wood coating


Designer: Studio Droog
Material: carpet (supplied by 2012Architecten/InterfaceFlor), leather laces


Designer: Studio Droog
Material: X-ray film (supplied by Mediq Suomi), printing

Pet coffin

Year: Studio Droog
Material: coir mats (supplied by 2012Architecten/DAWN-publishers)


Designer: Studio Droog
Material: latex gloves (supplied by Mediq Suomi), ink


Designer: Studio Droog
Material: trays (supplied by Makro Netherlands), foam, leather, fixings