The two designers Emiel Vaessen (1958) en Gert Jan Vogel (1960) met at the Academy of Arts and Design in Rotterdam. In 1985 they started together the design agency Duo Design. Duo Design specializes in design, development and production of its own line of interior products.Simplicity of design, subtle details and the application of high quality materials lend the products an unmistakable ¨duodesign¨ signature.The collection is sold in a large number of countries and various designs from Duo Design are included in the collections of museums of modern art and design.
The fact that the Dutch word ‘lef ’
is derived from the Hebrew word for heart and their studio
is located in the heart of amsterdam was not the only reason why brothers Arno and Dennis
Ruijzenaars and designer Erwin Termaat named their brand LEFF amsterdam.
More important to them was that the Dutch meaning of this word stands for doing something
that others don’t dare to do, like pushing boundaries and going against the grain. Because who
in the world would start making clocks these days, while time is all around us?Arno: “Well, we would. Because we think clocks are amazing products; they are technical
instruments and can be art pieces at the same time. But most of all, because nobody really
needs a clock. This challenges us even more to create something beautiful that everyone wants
Wilhelm Seibel I, establishes the Seibel Britannia Goods Factory in 1895. In 1911 the first branch factory, the Hessischen Metallwerke Gebr. Seibel. The company attains global recognition in 1936 with its Olympia Flatware furnished for the Olympic Village in Berlin.
Thanks to the very healthy economy of the post-war years, staffing increased to almost 1000. In the '50s a major decline in the flatware industry resulted in the demise of almost 90% of all German manufacturers. Thanks to the bold leadership of Herbert Seibel, a grandson of the founder, who steered the company towards design oriented products, a catastrophe was avoided for the Hessische Metallwerke. The company was later renamed to Mono.
Launched in 2010, the Plumen family has expanded to include two designs of energy efficient light bulb and five colours of Drop Cap Pendant Sets.
The Plumen 001 was awarded the Brit Insurance Design of the Year by the Design Museum in London and the prestigious Black Pencil at the D&AD awards in 2011. It is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Smithosonian Cooper-Hewitt Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Design Museum in Helsinki.
The legend lives on. Success stories are stories about tradition and progress. A fact that is demonstrated by the recent success achieved by the young Sitting Bull brand that has been built on the more than 100 years of experience that Flötotto company is able to look back on. Clear evidence of an obvious commitment to remain open to new ideas.