I have known Hans Lensvelt since way back. A while later I designed the collection ‘made in the workshop’ that Hans then included in the collection. Not so long ago, I designed a ‘made in the workshopchair’ with armrests for a project by Bart Vos for the pavilion of National Park de Hoge Veluwe. When demand arose, we thought of presenting the new offspring.
However, much longer ago, I made my first aluminium chair, stool and table. We sold a whole load to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The collection is one of our classics. It has actually never been the sales success I had counted on, but nevertheless more designs have been added over the years. The last adjustment I made myself was to put ordinary aluminium legs underneath the top of a low, narrow little table so that Lieve, my oldest daughter, could have a desk underneath her window. On the stairs, with the feather-light table above my head, I realised that it was actually a fantastic product; dismountable, light, beautiful and with a long, rich history.
When I asked Hans what he thought of it, in 2020, in the middle of corona time, he was immediately enthusiastic. He even remembered that they had been in the MoMA for a long time and we decided to present not only the ‘made in the workshop’ collection, but also the ‘alu collection by Lensvelt’. Despite the applicable measures at the time, we thought it would be fun. Now it can be seen in our showroom, which is open as normal, and we will make it much more fun another time.