Ineke Hans (NL, 1966) initially studied product design in the Netherlands and graduated with an MA in Furniture design from the Royal College of Art in London in 1995 before setting up her studio in The Netherlands in 1998.
She started by initiating furniture and product collections herself, still sold via INEKEHANS|COLLECTION today. Now STUDIO|INEKEHANS designs and works with a small team on a wide range of 3d projects: furniture and products come as one-offs, small batch products, as well as mass-produced items based on the interest to design and define objects fitting to new and appropriate productionmethods. Next to that exhibitions and architectural projects are designed and produced.
The studio designs for innovative and international designmanufactures like Arco, Cappellini, Chi ha paura...?, Iittala, Lensvelt, Magis, Offecct, Royal Ahrend, RoyalVKB, SCP and for clients as: Cooper Hewitt Museum (NY), Royal Dutch Forestguard, Shorefast Foundation Canada and Dutch governmental organisations.
Ineke's early work centered around pictograms and archetypes, but it has evolved in many ways; investigating the psychological roots of products, perceiving and playing with the interaction between people, objects and space.
Ineke is seen as one of the leading Dutch designers and highly valued for her down-to-earth and hybrid design approach with a focus on detail, function and clarity and an interest in the vernacular. Old and brand new production methods are used in intelligent, unconventional ways. Innovation in materials and production techniques and re-thinking of existing human values and habits have become most important triggers for new work and make it multi layered, playful and social.
Garlic Crusher, Smallroom, A380 chair and other iconic works won prestigious international design awards. Her work is purchased by leading collectors and museums. Ineke has been 'Guest of Honour' at Stockholm Furniture Fair, made significant exhibitions and is involved in international debates and talks on design.