Dutch duo Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders are the pair behind Daphna Laurens, an Eindhoven-based design studio they founded in 2008. They both graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven and immediately set up their own shop where they strike a balance between industrial design, applied art, and fine art. With their minds in sync, they’ve melded their aesthetic into products and objects that seamlessly blend shapes, materials, and colors, with brands like Areaware, Cappellini, and Vij5. Together, Daphna Laurens shares their inspirations in this week’s Friday Five.
1. Our son Raffi
Recently we had a son, and of course we cannot live without him anymore. At the same time this means we cannot live without our parents anymore. So this is actually a big shout out and thanks to our loving parents, parents-in-law, our sister and brother for all the love! And babysitting ;)
2. Our dream house for the future, a house at sea in the forrest.
We found this image on the internet a couple of years ago and from then on this is the image that we have in our mind when thinking of our dream house in the forest at sea. Actually we never did research on this image, but now we did. We found out that it is the Douglas house designed by Richard Meier.
3. Tomas Nilsson
Recently we found his work on Instagram and we asked him to work on a poster for our poster collection. We like his collages very much! Soon his poster will be on exhibit at the Mikulov Festival.
4. Mikulov Festival
Mikulov Festival, organized by the Křehký Gallery is a yearly very small but super nice festival. The town of Mikulov (South Moravian, Czech) and the festival offer a total experience. A history embodied in architectural monuments, a place for nature lovers and for people who appreciate good wine. This combined with art and design organised by Křehký Gallery makes it fantastic! It is a little special working holiday of three days. We’ve went here three years ago and this year we are the lucky ones to be invited again to show work and enjoy it.
5. Factory visits
We love to go to companies and their factories. It is always so inspirational to see how people manage their business and to see the workers make their products and collections. In every factory you see corners filled in with details by the workers. We like these little details within big companies.