Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet

The innovative Dutch designer mathematically stacks 1,000 pieces of wood to create a puzzle-like storage structure that optimizes sound

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At first glance, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet resembles a 110cm-high Jenga Tower. Disguised as a visually intriguing, textural and seemingly random pile of wooden blocks, the tower actually serves as a multifunctional object for optimal acoustics and hidden storage. There’s nothing random about the Diffuser Cabinet’s complex and highly calculated construction. Vander Kooij embarked on the journey to create the tiny run …

Diffuser Cabinet

An edition of 10, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet serves juxtaposing purposes, simultaneously providing storage in a series of hidden drawers and spreading sound around to improve the acoustics of a room. Best of all, the behemoth Jenga tower of irregular pieces of tulip wood presents itself as an object of textural beauty.

Studio Visit: Dirk Vander Kooij

A further look at the promising designer, his Eindhoven workshop and what's to come for Dutch Design Week

Less than three years ago we watched the budding Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij explain his graduation project to a packed house at Cape Town’s Design Indaba conference. The Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus humbly presented Endless Flow, a “dining table chair” made from recycled refrigerator plastics. Warming up with some slides of refrigerator graveyards and design inspiration, suddenly things got interesting when Vander Kooij showed …