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It's that time of year again...
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2019: a recap in photographs
July & August: designing a solution for food waste
That's it for 2019
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Just in time for the Holidays
Postcards are always a fun gift, and cards that can grow into flowers even more so.
That's why we created the 'Don't worry Bee happy' gift set containing 6 Flower Cards and three envelopes in a nice box with growing paper wrapper.
Compose the set exactly as you like it: choose the 6 cards you like best, or go for one of the mixes we thought up.
You can even choose to add more envelopes or buy the set without envelopes and save a euro.
The set goes for €15,- including 3 envelopes.
NB If you were to buy the 6 cards and envelopes separately that would add to €19,50, so this might just be a great gift for yourself as well :-).
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Gifting a little love
Dutch online platform Milledoni is all about gifts.
Gifts for anyone, for any occasion and any budget.
We're super happy one of their scouts spotted our Helios and added it to their guide of gifts!
Remember this website: The next time you have no idea what to get your friend or colleague, visit Milledoni for the best ideas.
Good to know: all featured products link back to the original webshops where you can make your purchase
Poma/Olera in the newspaper
When launching our Poma/Olera series during the last Dutch Design Week (read all about it here) we had a lovely chat with journalist Jasmijn Missler of Dutch newspaper Trouw.
Although this hasn't boiled down to a 'real' article in the newspaper yet, we're happy to get a little mention in this piece about food waste.
Check it out here:
Not the whole story (yet)
In the article the Poma/Olera is mentioned briefly and described as a fruit bowl making it possible to keep different kinds of fruit and vegetables in separate compartments to avoid them being subject to the ethylene gas emitted by ripening fruits like apples and bananas.
Which is, of course, very true.
But the Poma/Olera series has more dimensions than just separating different fruits.
The fruitbowl also has multiple presentation platters for fruits that should be eaten first, while also serving as a lid keeping the stock below in a dark and slightly cooler (due to evaporation cooling) space.
Also part of the series is ripening bowl Patera Maturus which uses ethylene gas emitted by certain fruits to speed up the ripening process of other varieties like avocado or mango.
The reason we're expanding a little on the subject, is because later on the article mentions a couple of things you can do to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for longer and Poma/Olera pretty much covers them all.
Happy to know our extensive homework during the research phase paid off ;-).
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The Volkskrant Gift Guide
Super happy and proud to have our new Helios Constellation featured in the Holiday gift guide of Volkskrant Magazine last Weekend.
It's only a tiny mention, but judging by the extra webshop orders, people are definitely noticing :-)
Also, we're joined by a pretty decent collection of other great-to-gift goodies, so if you can use some inspiration, make sure to check out the full gift guide in November 23rd Volkskrant Magazine!
Find more about the Helios Constellation here
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Westergas, 20-23 December
This season we're going to try something new. We'll be participating in a Christmas Market!
And not just any Christmas market: the Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt, to be precise.
As a sucker for Christmas tunes i'm very much looking forward to 4 days of Jingle bell cheer and gluhwein.
And since the market is open to everyone and has a fun programme for all ages, this is definitely a place to spend some time in the Weekend before Christmas.
Come find us, get your Holiday presents at our stall and i'll lovingly wrap it to make sure your gift will stand out under the tree.
<Read all about the market here>
21-23 December 12:00 - 01:00 (market 12:00 - 20:00)
Free entrance, suitable for all ages
Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam
(come by bike or public transport)
The blank page Pavilion
A month ago Today, Eindhoven was the worlds' epicenter of design, and slap bang in the main square of all Dutch Design Week festivities was a large white box stating "Design bepaalt de koers", Dutch for "Design sets the course".
The box was a temporary building designed to represent a blank sheet ready for a the first draft of a new design, and was commissioned by Dutch bank ABN AMRO.
For 9 days this pavilion was the home of 4 Game Changers: designs that can help us live more sustainably daily lives.
One of those Game Changers: our Poma/Olera series.
Brandbase and ABN AMRO gave us the opportunity to come up with a solution for everyday fruit and vegetable storage.
(More about the origins of Poma/Olera can be found here)
Our design was accompanied by the Transformer table (getting better with age), a candle using fat from a water sanitation plant and a filter that takes out the micro-plastics from your washing machine waste water.
The ABN AMRO Game Changers exhibition was set up as an experience: up to 15 visitors accompanied by a host would be guided along the 4 different Game Changers with a professional voice-over and well timed lighting schedule.
This meant that as a visitor of the Game Changers Pavilion you really experienced design, rather than simply looking at it. Something very different to most other exhibitions and very professionaly executed.
Because of the voice-over directing the pace of the little tour, people didn't really have the time to linger around our work and take photographs to share online.
That's why we snuck in before the show started to get a few pics of the Poma/Olera presentation.
Reaching a new audience
Having ABN AMRO backing our project meant that we reached audiences we probably would have missed otherwise.
We were very happy we got to tell about House of Thol to a professional audience during a Sustainable investment event and expanded our network tremendously.
Apart from an interview with a journalist from a national newspaper that will hopefully be published in a few months, we had a lovely chat with Francis of Sublime radio, which let into our 60 seconds of radio fame that you can listen to here.
Coming to your house soon!
Not being able to stand next to our designs was new to us, and made for a refreshingly laid back Dutch Design Week.
It also meant we missed out on a lot of direct response to our Poma/Olera series, and that's kind of a shame.
We love getting into conversation about our designs, to clarify the decisions we made and brainstorm about future possibilities.
Luckily a lot of people still managed to reach out to us and tell us what they thought about Poma/Olera via e-mail and social media
Most heard response was: "When will the series be for sale?" and "Where can i get a Poma/Olera fruit bowl?".
With so many specific requests, we're happy to get a move on: We'll be producing a small Poma/Olera series in house meant for direct sales on the short term, while at the same time diving deeper into terracotta production possibilities as close to home as possible.
We're not in this alone: Fonds Kwadraat is helping us with the next step.
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