With a witty approach toward designing products, Marianne van Ooij likes her work to tell a story. Marianne started her design career at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and later moved to New York to finish her Industrial Design degree at Pratt Institute.

Two years ago she opened her design studio ‘studioooij’ in Brooklyn where she works in a variety of disciplines, including textiles, furniture and ceramics. Her work has been covered in The New York Times and several books. Her Little Dutch Hero vases will be featured in the Dutch Design Yearbook 2012.


(6) Title: Little Dutch Hero - Vase

A curious era in American cultural history took place in the late 19th century, known as ‘Holland mania’. Confused by the constant influx of immigrants and searching for an identity to root for, Americans revised their understanding of colonial history, even going so far as to designate the Netherlands, the 'Mother of America'. Everything Dutch was in vogue for a period that lasted about 40 years.

It was during this period that an American writer, Mary Mapes Dodge, wrote the tale about Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, which also features a little Dutch boy who saves his country from flooding by holding his finger in a dike.

This saga, as well as the modern day confusion of being a Dutch immigrant myself in the state where this story originated - while living in a world where immigration is both easier than ever but in certain circles more and more frowned upon - was the inspiration for these vases.

Material: Slip cast porcelain, silicone plug
Dimension: 10” x 6” x 8.5” - 25 x 16 x 22 cm Limited edition

Price: € 225 each, show model, details at www.mariannevanooij.com

(7) Carton, Let me out!, Peek, Test Pattern - pillows

This lighthearted textile collection was conceived by looking at a pillow as a 3D object – a thing that can contain something – rather than by merely decorating a flat canvas. This way, the pillows disappears and becomes a different thing altogether.

Material: Digital print and screen print on cotton
Dimension: 16”x 16” – 40 x 40 cm

Price: pillow cover: € 39,- (exception; Test Pattern € 45,-) each.
For sale at the reception.

(8) Cityu Hats - hat

Life in a big and crowded city is exciting and fun. But every once in a while, we just need a bit more personal space. Since eyes say more than a thousand words – the non-verbal signs that these hats send – create that little extra room to make life in a big city a peaceful experience.

Price: € 39 each, for sale at the reception

(9) Finally Free?, Monica, Test Cards, Cowhide - Coasters

Marianne van Ooij; ‘Design is about the products that people use every day. I enjoy the challenge to find and maintain the balance between creating something poetic and something that can be used. I never disregard the function of my products, but seek a sense of humor and multi-functionality on top of this basic function.’

Material: High-density pressed pulpboard
Dimension: 3.5” x 3.5” and 4”x 4 – 9 x 9 cm en 10 x 10 cm

Price: € 11.50 for set of 8, for sale at the reception

(9.1)Title: Cross Stitch Wall Decor

Cross Stitch allows you to stencil 40 molded 'stitches' into a multitude of characters and shapes to create your own wall decoration. If you are ready for a new pattern, simply re-use the stitches for a new design. Available in black or white stitches.

Material: Plastic
Dimension: 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2"
Produced by Umbra.

Price: € 11/ $20 per set of 40 stitches. For sale at the reception.