Gerard de Hoop Interview
Gerard de Hoop is a Dutch independent designer and interior architect. He loves to push the boundaries of his field in order to surprise his audience, and sometimes himself. His work often makes use of geometric shapes for a clean and simple style.
Who are you?
I am Gerard de Hoop and I am a designer from The Netherlands.
What do you do?
I design furniture, lamps, and other household objects, but I also design interiors and small architectural buildings. A number of my furniture designs have been incorporated into the collections of design labels, while others are released on my own label.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in a village in the northen area of The Netherlands, called Stadskanaal.
When did you take your first big risk in life?
When I started walking.
Why have you persisted on your current path?
Because of the passion I find in creating, experimenting, and surprising myself (and others).
Who is someone you’d love to work with, but can’t?
There are many artists and designers who I admire, some who are dead and some who are still alive. For example, the Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, who was very innovative in his time, or the Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. I don’t know if they were nice people to work with, but I love their ideas.
I like to exchange ideas with other innovative designers, especially with creative people who are open-minded, have a sense of humour, and the ability to put things in perspective. However, I am often too shy to approach people I really admire.
What are you working on?
At the moment I am working on several projects.
I am designing two pieces of furniture for a foreign retailer, and a colleague and I won a folly design competition, so we now have to work out the details of the design and eventually build it as well. A folly is a small experimental building, for those who don’t know.
I am also investigating new possibilities of material from the region I live in.
Where do you spend most of your free time?
I love cycling, walking, nature, exhibitions, movies, and being with my family and friends.
What do you think is your biggest success so far?
Biggest success, hmm. Success by selling or by satisfaction? Success for me is when something is just right or when the outcome surprises me in a positive way.
I am quite satisfied by one of my latest designs, Frames 2.0. It is a bookshelf that can also be used as a room divider. I like the interplay of lines and how the frames fit together as a flat-pack.