Driade was born in '68, some decades ago, in the same period as the trends that would have characterized the twentieth century: both the rigor of geometric and rational design and , on the other hand, the recovery of pop art and its influence on pop and radical design. Today, the "design landscape" is quite different, permeated as it is by the globalization and all- embracing digitization.
To understand Driade, you should visit its headquarters in Fossadello, near Piacenza.
I had been there often in the past but, I haven't come back for a long time. Seeing it again helped me to understand what it might be an "aesthetic laboratory" (as Driade likes to define itself) in these early twenty-first century. It would be useful to organize your path along the central hallway which goes through the building, a clear and rigorous sign, an architectural promenade on which offices and rooms, elegantly furnished, overlook. At the end of the walk you'll find a large room marked by high photographic panels representing the park of Würzburg castle, in Germany: a winter garden nestled in an endless time.
Friends Olav van Lede and Boudewijn Roest founded JOKJOR in 2013. Their work spots and private life were definitely not across the street from one another, but every time they bumped into each other at trade fairs or other events, the day would end with drinks,
brainstorming about life, each other’s design ideas and art & design in general.
Olav worked in architecture & design publishing and in interior design, and Boudewijn worked in design, and art direction.
These fields merged to create a company focused on practical and well-thought aesthetic design.