Margje Teeuwen redefines the tension between the emotional shape and the applicability of a design. Instead of focusing on functional demands, she creates designs and products that tell a story. Shapes originate in her heart and soul and she than challenges the observer to abandon rationality and embrace a new found world.
She founded her own company and product collection 15 years ago after obtaining her degree in Architectural Design at the Higher School of Arts and putting a definite end to her career as an Olympic hockey player. In a quest for freedom, she disconnected herself from authority, rules, and preset shapes. Painting offered her independence, more so than product design.
Her paintings, well known as “soul on canvas” are made with unique materials and have been publicly displayed at numerous galleries both national and international.
After a decade of independent work, the desire to design products returned, but from a new set of self-made rules. She sees Architecture as functional art; therefore many of her works are custom-made for her clients. Her designs often have an unexpected double function, ranging from an unfolding bag/blanket to a walking table.
Her furniture features a balance between esthetics, functionality and emotion. Her strength is to take the ultimate shape as point of departure and then, and only then, find the technical solutions required to produce the design.