Feat Of Clay
Wallpaper|August 2017

Modular column, by Tijmen Smeulders and Olivier van Herpt.

Rosa Bertoli

Despite being graduates of the same design school (the illustrious Design Academy Eindhoven), Tijmen Smeulders and Olivier Van Herpt have followed distinctly different paths.

Smeulders set up his Rotterdam studio upon graduating from the academy in 2013. His work, encompassing furniture, lighting and textiles, is sinuous and abstract, with clear influences from his teacher, Aldo Bakker. Van Herpt, meanwhile, finished his course at the Academy in 2015, and set up his D studio in Eindhoven, focusing on developing a 3D-printing technique that could be applied to clay. After created specialised machinery, he has magicked up a growing collection of 3D-printed ceramic vessels with part-futuristic, part-archetypal shapes.

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