Fatra Re-Edition Inflatable Toys

Contemporary Czech designers pay homage to Libuše Niklová's iconic plastic toys

Designer Libuše Niklová contributed to one of the major chapters in the history of modern Czech design through her collaboration with Fatra, a brand founded in Napajedla that has engaged in plastic processing and the production of plastic products since 1935. During the ’60s and ’70s, the designer created dozens of colorful plastic children’s toys for Fatra, which cleverly used its own patents. While we …

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 …

An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij

Some words from design's robot-driven Dutchman as he preps his live demo for Milan

Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making the production process more visible. Speaking at Design Indaba recently, van der Kooij explained, “the best thing about recycled plastic is …