Kiki van Eijk    X    SZ 01


“To me, Martin Visser’s furniture pieces always embody the essence. It’s all about his language of forms, those clear lines. A bit like the way children draw things, only with a skilled hand. That’s unique, because adults often lose their intuition and then tend to take a roundabout approach. That’s why the simplicity of the SZ 01 immediately caught my eye: the sleek lines of the industrial-looking steel in combination with the traditional wicker… It all comes together beautifully, but also creates a splendid contrast. The wicker also reminds me of the texture of cloth, which I often work with.

In my design, I wanted to use the same clear lines to make a chair with a rounder, warmer character.

While I was working on my initial sketches, my six-year-old son decided to help. He made a very apposite, clear drawing which I then reduced to two lines. That became the foundation. I spent an eternity finetuning, of course, looking for the right proportions and curve, and gave the chromed steel a deep royal blue powder coating for warmness.

The name Puk SZ 19 nicely combines my process and Visser’s idea. In the past, the chair was sometimes called Cato, a name that can be traced back to the meaning of ‘pure’. That’s exactly what I see in a child’s approach – in this case, my son Puk.”

SZ 01 (1960)

The design of the SZ 01 derives from Visser’s desire to create a standard seat shell with an ideal sitting angle that could be applied to various furniture pieces. As a result, the SZ 01 consists of just two chromed side frames and a seat shell. The shell was originally only available in wicker, but was eventually produced in a saddle-leather version as well. The chair comes across as extremely slender due to the attachment of the seat to a diagonal rail that was needed to ensure a solid construction.

Kiki van Eijk

Kiki van Eijk (1978) spent her youth daydreaming and drawing outdoors. She studied at Design Academy Eindhoven, where she met her future business and life partner Joost van Bleiswijk.

Kiki’s works are capricious and colourful, lyrical and personal, and at the same time refined thanks to her skilled craftsmanship. She focuses on various product groups, such as rugs, lamps, furniture, glasswork and sculptural accessories like the Floating Frame clocks. Her works are on display around the world in museums, galleries and airports. She also works with brands like Hermès, MOOOI and Häagen-Dazs.

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