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?
A small apartment can easily look cluttered. Storage is often limited, and items without a home end up in piles on the floor and every other surface. Visible storage solutions like boxes, jars and baskets often add to the clutter problem. The solution is hidden storage. Hiding life’s necessities behind doors or other clever cover-ups gives your apartment a clean, minimalist feel. It also lets your favorite design elements — a sofa, a piece of art, a great view — be the star of the show.
Coaster Home Furnishings Casual Accent Cabinet at amazon.com serves as a mirror, storage and reminder board all in one. Baxton Studio Eileen Gray Accent Table at overstock.com can be tucked into your sofa as a laptop desk with adjustable height. Inspire Q Coffee Table Ottoman With 4 Trays at hayneedle.com has four invertable panels that can be used as seating or trays. Euro Style Raymond Adjustable Height Accent Table at lampsplus.com can be set from 19 inches (side table) to 31 inches bistro height).