What did your parents do? Did it influence in one way or another way what you do now?
My father is a Goldsmith so the creativity came from his side, not my mothers. The influences began with his love for technique and motors, and was a reason why I attended a mechanical engineering school before the design academy. It was not a wasted study since it plays a role in what we do now everyday, just in a more subtile way.
My parents are very interested in culture, history and architecture. When I was young, we spent rainy Sundays often in museums and during holidays we visited many churches and interesting historical buildings.
When did you know you wanted to be a designer? What gave you the idea and encouraged you to choose to study at the Design Academy Eindhoven?
I knew I wanted to do something creative, during the last two years of high school I visited a lot of Art Academies, but I thought it was always very messy and unorganised, that's how it looked to me at least. When visiting the Design Academy I knew this was the place where I wanted to study. I was also more drawn to the idea of creating objects/products that were not only based on aesthetics.
For me that idea came quite late, I was searching for another engineering school abroad to accompany my diploma and the design academy came access my path. My brother actually had the first idea to tackle design, but he wasn't finished with high school so I swooped in.
Did your brother finished up studying there too?
He did in fact follow a year later, we ended up graduating together... Dad was proud.