Joost van Bleiswijk is a designer, artist and teacher who gives great value to the process of making. He grew up in Delft, and studied at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, where he met his future partner, Kiki van Eijk and founded the studio in 2001 to become one of the most accomplished names of Dutch design. Today he runs Studio Thinking Hands, one of the core studios within Design Academy Eindhoven’s BA program. A genuine fascination for the construction of the object often revealed in the outcome is the starting point of his creative process. The workshop is where Joost engages with the experience of designing as an intensely physical act. The creative process unfolds in a quite instinctive and gestural way. Its wide range of work extends from fine furniture to large scale installation, from architecture to accessories, from lighting to ceramics. His work often references iconic designs such as familly clocks, cupboards, high-backed chairs and chess sets; bringing these designs into a contemporary setting has marked Joost’s work throughout his career. From his early Joost van Bleiswijk (NL) Designer Joost van Bleiswijk famous No Glue No Screw collection, to the Mechanic and Protopunk series, Joost has always used bold shapes and strong lines to create designs striving for audacious creativity. His international collaborations include brands like Moooi, Bernhardt Design, Nodus and Omnidecor among a series of private collectors, companies, and institutions such as The Rijksmuseum, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Design Academy Eindhoven, Zuiderzee Museum, Noord Brabants Museum and the North Sea Jazz festival. He has exhibited in private galleries and museums around the world but it’s his workshop with the sound of making and building that gives him the real thrill. In Spring 2022, Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk’s first Duo Show, “Serendipity” took place at the gallery. Spazio Nobile is representing Joost van Bleiswijk since 2022.
Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk: Serendipity
Kiki and Joost’s Tinkering Labs
A Forest of Collision and Raku