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.
— Tine Castelein
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.
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 Bench is a design by George Nelson found in stools & benches
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.
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 the garden, the Vitra Elephant Stool adds a nice touch (as well as playfull fun).
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