Gerard de Hoop is an independent designer and interior architect living and working in Groningen, the Netherlands. His passion gives life to versatile pieces of furniture created to suit a modern lifestyle. The first thing I noticed about Gerard was his unobstructed attention to details. The interview is punctuated with examples and images that illustrate the inspiration gathered in the years that led to creating such an interesting portfolio.
Tell us about your first steps towards design – when did you realize you want to become a product and interior designer?
How did your short exchange student experience in Budapest help you on the long term?
What are the most challenging things when working in collaboration with other designers?
You have had many exhibitions during your career, most of them in the Netherlands, but also outside your country. Can you tell us the main difference between Dutch and non-Dutch visitors, clients and admirers of your work?
How do you see versatile furniture in a world where space has become a challenge?
Can you describe the design process from idea to finished product?
What is your favorite material and why do you find it challenging to work with?
What are the main characteristics of your pieces, except simplicity and functionality?
Which piece of furniture in your home is your favorite and why?
What advice would you give to those just starting out in the design field?
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