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Dat kan Mijn kleine nichtje ook

Project details

Product Design

”Dat kan mijn kleine nichtje ook”(That’s something my little niece can do aswell), a statement which haunts museums and exhibitions. A statement to classify one’s work as tinkering. This statement raised questions to me about where tinkering ends and design begins and if tinkering is as negative as they suggest.


In this project I researched the positive aspects of tinkering and how I could acquire these in product design. By translating tinkering techniques into production techniques, I looked for how I could translate the tinkering atmosphere into product design. With these 3 furniture pieces I want to let the viewer experience the joy of making with a work that also puts the statement ‘’Dat kan mijn kleine nichtje ook’’in a different light and wonders whether this comment is actually as negative as it seems.

The desk is focused on shaping techniques. In my tests I already found the shared properties of paper and metal. The folding and shaping of metal and paper share the same technique and the same outcome. A one on one translation from tinkering techniques to production techniques. This theme shows how one can achieve a 3D shape in crafting a 2D shape. A good example of this is het muizentrapje, which is therefore given a prominent place in this piece of furniture.

The cabinet is about the transparency and freedom that tinkering joinery entail. Staples and tape with which you can connect everything everywhere. The cabinet is made from 5 segments of folded wood, each segment is stapled on top. The legs are then taped to the body of the cabinet and the cabinet door functions because of the big toothpick going across one of the cabinet segments. In this process, making instinctively took center stage and therefor shows the joy of making which tinkering entails.

The lamp is the last piece of furniture that has come out of my materials library so far. The design of this lamp is based on my fascination by how children often draw. A few pencil lines are enough to indicate a shape and color. What I found most interesting about this technique was the new form of design that emerged.