Busy with Milan stuff
Hit by Covid & The Patera Magnus surprise
Well, we all know what happened next: Covid hit.
We found ourselves more or less confined to the headquarters, with hardly any time to get things done due to two wild childs running around the house deserving love, attention and homeschooling.
Moving on: a new spring is coming
Local station GL8
The blissful in-between
Credits & Sad news
Easy green living // a House of Thol portrait
Taped in the Before
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"Export price for entrepreneurs who used to kill their houseplants"
Proud and happy to be named winner of the MKB Export Award!
The timing of this...
Things that Suck.
The lucky ones
Film & Credits
A summer breeze in Milan
2019: a recap in photographs
July & August: designing a solution for food waste
That's it for 2019
It all started with a phonecall in June: ABN AMRO was looking for designers to come up with a sustainable solution for everyday situations, and if we could pitch an idea in July?
Since our House of Thol slogan is 'Durable products for easy green living' of course we had to participate!
We had a few ideas up our sleeve that could perhaps impact a marker like Earth Overshoot Day.
Move the date: Food waste
We took a close look at our own day-to-day and found plenty of things that we still can do better.
One of the things that's a real problem, is food waste: with two young kids with fluctuating appetites in the house, we can't help but throw out food ever so often.
Such a waste! Not only because of the money, but also because of the resources we waste.
And this goes beyond our household: in the Netherlands we throw out 34 kilograms of food each per year, and globally one third of the food produced is wasted.
That's about 1.3 billion tons!
If we could save only a quarter of that amount, we could feed every hungry mouth in the world (source).
Poma/Olera: keep your food fresh
Bringing it back to our own small household: what can we do to avoid food waste in our daily lives?
We noticed we often have trouble with fruits and vegetables: what is the best way to store them, so they stay fresh for longest and we don't have to throw out wrinkled bell peppers?
Turns out not every fruit and vegetable plays nice with others, so keeping them all together in one large fruit bowl might not be such a great idea: the ethylene coming from fruits like apples can negatively impact the taste or ripeness of other fruits in the bowl.
Anyway, learning about the best way to store fresh food involved a whole lot of research (spreadsheets, seriously) that deserves its own blog post soon.
The go and the process
Back to the process: We presented our plans in Amsterdam in July and the day after our meeting with the jurors we drove off to the Schwarzwald in a 42°c heat and two eager little boys in a car without airconditioning.
We spent two blissful weeks of summer break, and got the phonecall with the final go for our Poma/Olera project while en route.
These past months, ever since returning home from our break, have been all about Poma/Olera.
The design changed somewhat from the first drafts and we created a series of round vessels specifically designed to store fruits and vegetables in a better way.
The making process involved a lot of sketching,computer drawing, 3d printing, mold making, clay casting, finishing, failing, doing it again, changing the molds, recasting, firing the kiln, glazing tests, new glazing tests, production, production, production.
Well, your typical design process, really.
See you in Eindhoven!
We're super happy and proud to be able to showcase the first prototypes of our Poma/Olera series at the Game Changers Pavilion on the Ketelhuisplein during this Dutch Design Week.
We'd love to see you there!
Arranging flowers & building cabinets
Here at House of Thol headquarters we have quite a versatile workload: We might be stylishly setting up a floral arrangement for a photoshoot one moment and be sanding a wooden door the next.
Building cabinets, designing packaging, managing social media, preparing Waterworks-sets, producing terracotta cones, packing webshop orders, reaching out to partners, developing concepts and writing blog posts: it's all in a days' work.
Thomas and i have been happily sharing this work between the two of us, but now time has come for us to learn how to delegate.
That's why we're looking for TWO interns!
Running a design brand
Do you want to know what it takes to run an independent design brand?
Curious to experience how it works to design and market your own products as well as working together with brands and manufacturers?
Come see how we do it at House of Thol headquarters. We'd love to take you along for the ride!
We're looking for two positive people for the following internship positions:
The Maker Intern
You'll be working hands-on with Thomas on production, prototyping and model making.
You speak Dutch or English and love spending time in the workshop.
You're inquisitive, won't back down from a challenge and like to learn new skills.
You'll work with a variety of materials and techniques, ranging from casting porcelain and terracotta to 3D-printing, woodworking and construction.
Knowledge of 3D modeling software would be great.
The Communicator Intern
You'll be working closely with Jana on marketing, sales, pr and all things visual, including content development for website and social media.
You're adequate in English and preferably Dutch.
Social media has very little secrets for you. You love to create beautiful image and write fun, informative posts.
You're happy to communicate with shops and customers as well as with journalists and magazines from around the world.
Knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign (or similar programs) would be appreciated.
Interested? Apply now!
Interested in being an intern at House of Thol?
Send your Dutch or English application with CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions or remarks? Don't hesitate to get in touch!
We'll ask you to be at House of Thol headquarters (Parksesteeg 8, Overasselt) from Monday to Thursday 09:30-17:00.
During fairs and exhibitions it would be great if you could join us on site if needed.
In The Clouds
Made In The Netherlands