“Once they’ve grown big enough, I will plant them in my vegetable garden.” —Kiki van Eijk
Kiki van Eijk donated this one-of-a-kind sketch, which represents abstract illustrations of her beloved sprouts. The Dutch designer practices sprouting seeds—tomato, cucumber, paprika, hibiscus, and more—before transplanting them to their permanent home in her garden. The A4-size sketch is signed and dated.
Van Eijk grew up in a small city in the Netherlands, immersed in nature, daydreaming, and drawing. Today she is a leading voice in Dutch design. During her studies at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, she met her future partner, Joost van Bleiswijk, another major contributor to contemporary Dutch design. Known for her signature whimsical, colorful, lyrical style, van Eijk works across media, from textiles, ceramics, and glasswork to furniture and installation.
Van Eijk’s work can be found in international museums, galleries, fairs, and private collections. She’s collaborated with brands such as Hermès, Saint-Louis, 1882 Ltd, MOOOI, Häagen-Dazs, Serax, Bernhardt Design, and Nodus. In recent years, she’s consulted for companies and institutions like Studio Edelkoort Paris, Design Academy Eindhoven, Venice Projects, Audax Textile Museum, Zuiderzee Museum, Noord Brabants Museum, and Rijksmuseum.
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