The Pilat & Pilat furniture is tough, Frisian and sustainable. But also warm, rich and familiar. It is not for nothing that all models get the name of a family member. 'Everything revolves around people at Pilat & Pilat'.
It is good that the Pilat family is so big. Dozens and dozens of furniture designs now populate the Famylj collection of Pilat & Pilat (Famylje is Frisian for 'family'). Oldest Pake Sytse, his name is since 2012 attached to the table with a bells chair as base, came from a family of thirteen children. The family in which Gjalt Pilat, founder of the Frisian furniture company, was born, also counts thirteen children. 'Sometimes a piece of furniture disappears from the collection after years. And then I miss such a family member, 'Gjalt Pilat admits. It is not uncommon for a Lutske, Hindrik or Jelle to return again later, in a new form. On the farm in Twijzel - which was often grown and expanded over the years - both the family business and the Famylje collection could flourish. More than forty years ago, Gjalt Pilat started selling and refurbishing antiques here. Gradually he started to design his own furniture in the wood workshop. His eye for design together with his merchant spirit did the rest. Since the beginning of the nineties, the Famylje collection has been a fact, and in recent years there have been (inter) national increasingly more stores that sell Pilat & Pilat. In Twijzel, about twelve people work daily on the design and sale of the furniture. The workshop is only available for small jobs and repairs. About fourteen years ago, Pilat moved production to its own factory in Bosnia, where the wood is practically next to the factory. Just like good craftsmen, by the way. And if that happens in a family, the family business develops organically. The Nord Ent / Lockwood factory has only had a substantial expansion. Hardly necessary, because now the factory also works for others.
TWICE STILL THE HOME BASE
Today Pilat & Pilat is a strong brand in sustainable, wooden furniture. 'And we are the manufacturer and distributor of the different collections', explains Kristien Pilat. The eldest daughter of Gjalt Pilat has worked as a designer in the company since 2001 and also took her own children's furniture line Warber with her. Peter Tromop is the third designer in Pilat & Pilat.
PILAT & PILAT
Although Pilat & Pilat is now also large in Bosnia and an increasing number of stores at home and abroad are offering the collection, the Frisians are solid. The farm in Twijzel is still the home of the company. Here the designs of the drawing board roll and the ideas for new collections emerge. You can also taste what Pilat & Pilat stands for in the showroom. Kristien: 'We are happy to leave the sale of our furniture to the good dealers we have. In our own showroom we have plenty of room for the collection and decorate our interior. ' A trip to Twijzel is also an outing in itself: with hiking trails starting at the back door, the interior café and regular exhibitions of work by artists and other designers / brands. According to Kristien lies the power of Pilat & Pilat in the timelessness of the brand. 'Our furniture is as contemporary as it is rooted in the tradition of woodworking. In a special way, all designs are recognizable as Pilat: the handwriting is clear and simple, but the workmanship and materials are rich. The familiarity and homeliness are deeply embedded in the robust designs for cabinets, tables, chairs, benches and accessories. The family feeling really adds something. It is a matter of course here, it is all very personal and familiar. ' The familiarity and homeliness are deeply embedded in the robust designs for cabinets, tables, chairs, benches and accessories. The family feeling really adds something. It is a matter of course here, it is all very personal and familiar. ' The familiarity and homeliness are deeply embedded in the robust designs for cabinets, tables, chairs, benches and accessories. The family feeling really adds something. It is a matter of course here, it is all very personal and familiar. '