As talent starts to seep out of Eindhoven’s city limits, celebrated designers like Roderick Vos have set up shop in nearby Den Bosch. Not your run-of-the-mill repurposed industrial atelier, the renovated 1908 Stergebouw Hospital features two expansive gallery- test lab- and workshop-based levels. ‘I didn’t want to separate my office and showroom,’ Vos explains. ‘I dislike the pop star status designers have today. By creating this concept, I hope to dissolve the boundaries between customer and designer.’
Sharing the space with his fellow Design Academy Eindhoven graduate and wife Claire Vos Teeuwen – a textile designer in her own right – the cartoonish but stylish locale showcases furniture developed for Moooi, Royal Tichelaar, Château de la Resle and the duo’s own Moodworks label like a wunderkamer or curiosity cabinet but also integrates recent functional designs – employed in daily office activity. Hanging throughout the space, Bucketlights not only combine potted plants and lamps but also provide power to suspended power cords.
The top level resembles something of an orangerie, a wall entirely clad in shrubbery echoes hanging plants. Such an environment provides both designers piece of mind – an uncluttered space to focus and work hard. In turn, clients benefit from seeing Vos’ full oveure but also prototypes in progress. Though the focal point of the office is an exaggerated switch board, the designer prefers a spiral staircase – descending from a sharp indent in the monolith white ceiling – he recently designed. No details are overlooked.
Photos courtesy of Roderick Vos