Bram Burger (1984) and Stijn van der Vleuten (1985), both graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, work as freelance designers on projects varying from (temporary) interiors to fairs and events. As bram/stijn, among other things, they introduced a series of furniture that can be easily assembled by using the included straps.
“Our collaboration with Trespa started already years ago. We were visiting a fair about materials and saw a stand of Trespa. We were amazed that Trespa only showed small square shaped samples of its material. We started thinking about what we, as designers, could do with this material on a smaller scale. We came up with the idea of decorative design elements and created ideas for outdoor furniture.”
“We have been working in the field of temporary design solutions for a long time and we always try to re-use materials, designs and even ideas in upcoming projects.”
Alexander Pelikan (1974) is a German joiner and designer based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. During his studies at the Eindhoven Design Academy, in 2005 he started the furniture design company PeliDesign. Pelikan is driven by a passion for new materials and techniques. “I always try to create something different. To make new connections, for example between different materials or between high and low culture.”
In the early 2000s, the idea of the Trespa CLIClounger set was born: a table and chair entirely made out of Trespa® panels, inspired on the modernist furniture and the first do-it-yourself pieces of Rietveld’s iconic crate-designs. A diner chair and bar table would follow. This type of furniture can be easily produced and assembled, saving transport and materials costs while offering great design freedom. “The advantage of Trespa is that it’s already a finished material. It doesn’t need special treatments, you don’t have to paint or lacquer it. And it is very durable: I have a table of Trespa®panels in my garden for about 8 years now, and it still looks new.”
Pelikan is enthusiastic about the Trespa Second Life programme. “Sustainability is getting more and more important, also in my designs and material choice. I think re-using uninstalled façade panels is a fantastic idea and I’m happy to participate.”