The story behind Designcollectors

23 Sep 2015
  • posted by Veerle Pieters

It's probably no coincidence that you are reading my blog. After all, it's high likely that you are a design lover as well and you want to know everything about it. Today's article is the story behind Designcollectors, a long time lovely client of mine. The people behind Designcollectors share this passion as well.

All their life, they have been fascinated by architecture and design, like the furniture by Vitra, Artek and Thonet. Surely, you are looking forward to meeting Tine Castelein, who runs the web shop and the other logistical activities of the family business together with her sister Charlotte and her brother Pieter.

Fascinated by design

Already at a young age, Tine learned to look at and enjoy beautiful things. It was always inevitable that she would take this interest forward into her professional life. On 1 April 2009, that dream turned into reality when the web shop with the Vitra Home collection went online. Since then, the collection was expanded to include Artek and Thonet, as well as the unique bags by Maharam. Today, Designcollectors has the largest stock in Europe, which allows sister company and experienced logistical partner Castelein to deliver everything fast and with great care.

Designcollectors stock storage, and company building

In 2009, we started Designcollectors based on an interest for architecture and design. Our idea: ensure a large stock to serve our customers across Europe fast.

— Tine Castelein

Favorite designs

I'm honored that Tine let us have a tour of her beautiful house. It's not a surprise that at home Tine also surrounds herself with her favorite furniture. The designs by Alvar Aalto, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Prouvé, Charles & Ray Eames are a perfect match for the modernist home she was fortunate to buy with her husband. The bungalow was constructed in 1964 by friends of her parents, and the building had fascinated Tine from a young age. The house needed some thorough renovations, but the layout was kept. The spacious home without any stairs is perfect for the family with three kids.

The bungalow was constructed in 1964 by modernist Architect Arthur Degeyter (link in Dutch), and the building had fascinated Tine from a young age.

“The large entrance hall and hallway make for a central axis, where the kids play all day.”

The kids are sitting on Vitra DKR Wire Chairs, while a few Vitra Millerstripe Bright cushions are adding a colorful touch.

Vitra Butterfly stool, Nestable, Lounge Chair & Ottoman and Coffee table are completing the interior.

The Bench is a design by George Nelson found in stools & benches

Marie is sitting at a Vitra Compas Direction, and on a pink EA 104 chair...

... while the boys are sitting on natural lacquered Artek K65 high chairs. Also in the room: a Vitra Akari Hanglamp, and Artek daybed

Vitra Organic chair and Cone Clock.

The three legged Artek 60 Stool is a handy allrounder that fits anywhere.

The Rotary Tray designed by Jasper Morisson, is currenty serving as a candy tray.

One of Tine’s favourite pieces from the Designcollectors range is the Artek Tea Trolley. This design by Alvar Aalto from 1937 has been given a prominent place in her own living room.

In the photo above we find: Vitra Ball Clock, Wire Chair DKR-5, Nelson Bench, and Thonet 209 chair, cushions and other textiles.

In Tine's office corner we find a Vitra Soft Pad Group EA 217, Tabouret Solvay, Wooden Dolls and Night Clock.

The kids’ rooms were also furnished with pieces from Designcollectors. After all, quality furniture can handle a knock or two! And, as the twig is bent… the tree is inclined.

In Simon's room we find a Vitra Eames Elephant, Vitra Occasional Table LTR to put some books on, a Thonet S 43 K as chair, and a Thonet B 97 as desk.

Felix is sitting on an Artek N65 childrens chair. The Artek 112B Wall Shelf is installed upside down and serves as a handy desk. A Vitra Akari 1AD is sitting on the windowsill.

Kids always love the iconic rocking armchair designed by Charles & Ray Eames. The Vitra Akari 1AY adds some extra mood lighting to Marie's room at nightfall.

In the garden, the Vitra Elephant Stool adds a nice touch (as well as playfull fun).

Professional service

Tine’s passion for design also shows in the care for all products handled at her online shop Designcollectors, as well as in the quality of the customer service. It's a privilege to work for people that understand design and the fact that I get to see all this nice furniture too is a nice bonus. I'm currently in early phase of a redesign for their online shop. Hopefully this little tour inspired you to make your home as cozy as possible.

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Photos by Bieke Claessens