Kiki van Eijk
Kiki van Eijk was born in 1978 and graduated Cum Laude in 2000 at Design Academy Eindhoven. She got known by her famous “Kiki Carpet”. Now she’s mainly working on her own collection which is presented worldwide in galleries and museums in London, Paris, New York, Milan, Cologne, Venice, Dubai, Tokio, Montreal, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Nieuw Rhoden, Brussels etc. Besides her own collection she works on projects for companies and institutions such as studio Edelkoort Paris, Design Academy Eindhoven, HAANS, MOOOI, Ahrend, Royal Leerdam, Lebesque, City of Eindhoven, Verardo, Wooninc.,Forbo flooring and many more. Since 2 years she’s art director of the design academy restaurant “de Witte Tafel”. Her work is published and sold world-wide. Publications such as Wallpaper, Elle deco, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, de Architect, Icon magazine, glamour, The International Design Year Book.
Her work has a very personal and emotional character. She loves stories. Her early sketches could easily have served to illustrate the imaginative stories of Mary Poppins or Alice in Wonderland. Kiki finds her inspiration in everyday beautiful objects and details and becomes a collector of them, mainly in her head. She doesn’t search for these objects; she just finds them. She meets them, as it were. They have all been made with love and care. She hopes people fall as much in love with her designs as she did when found the original objects. Kiki’s work is easily recognizable by her mild and playful designs. But don’t be mistaken by the first look of her work. Where it might look very soft and playful, it can be really hard and serious. She has a great love for material and its layers within. This results in new and surprising techniques based on real craftsmanship which she applies on an unexpected object. Herewith she not only surprises the viewers of her work, but also manufacturers and craftsman that make her designs. Her nostalgic approach combined with her poetic and personal style come to life in a wide range of work like carpets, lighting, furniture, ceramics, glassware and luxurious textiles.