You also did an internship in China – can you tell us about that?
I chose the internship in China because I wanted to experience the small studio, to see the difference between a small one and a big one like Clarks. It was at the Studio Henny van Nistelrooy in Beijing, and I was there for two months. The designer I worked with created interiors and furniture, but also within an exhibition space. He’d build it all up then see how people reacted when they came into a room, how they responded to the space. The whole experience was amazing, I’m definitely going to go back. I think it’s because it’s not that long in China that they’ve had the chance and money to express themselves, you can feel it – it’s like an energy. There are lots of opportunities. When you look at Chinese art, people are very curious about everything. I think it’s the time for them to get more open – a lot of students would work and cover what they are working on – but I think that’s the old way. You have to share your things. That’s what I think.
What are your plans for the future once you graduate?
I’m definitely going to start my own business. Myself and a classmate, Lennart Bras, we have the same mind and way of thinking, so we’re going to do it together. We’re also going to graduate together, like a team. I really like working collaboratively, I think it’s the best way. Sharing ideas – it’s the new thing.
Specifically we want to work together with industries. For example we have some ideas for the packaging industry. They are developing such high quality materials, vacuum formed packaging – like blister packs. These can be so strong and hard to open, qualities you could apply to using them for furniture or maybe a small house for developing countries. So we are thinking about working together with some big companies.
I’d like to go to Beijing Design Week, or the Dutch Design Week or Italy. And I see myself maybe in the future, living and working in China…