We are so proud to be the exclusive Australian stockist of incredible Dutch design studio, De Intuïtiefabriek (The Intuition Factory). The all-female ceramics studio was founded in 2010 and is based in Amsterdam. Founders Eva Gevaert and Eefiene Bolhuis both graduated from the world-renown Design Academy in Eindhoven, and we think they are some of the most talented modern designers we've seen.
Eefiene and Eva specialise in slip-casting porcelain, but their designs also include glass blowing and wood bending. They produce exquisite tableware, practical yet beautiful decor, and covetable furniture.
De Intuïtiefabriek Studio in Amsterdam
To De Intuïtiefabriek, designing is all about craftsmanship: they revere the touch of material and the actual act of making things. Eva and Eefiene aim to create a pure, precise and elegant aesthetic in their products. They team with specialised craftspeople on custom furniture and interior designs for discerning clients, and handmake a small in-house collection of porcelain goods from their workshop in Amsterdam. We adore their own range and are so thrilled to bring it to Australia!
Eva Gevaert working in the studio
We sat down with Eefiene to find out a little more about her and get a peek behind the scenes at De Intuïtiefabriek.
Amsterdam has a rich diversity of museums, nice bars and restaurants. Much of our time is often spent visiting them and meeting up with friends and family. Mine and Eva's boyfriends also work together and recently opened a lunchroom/bar in the city center called Clubhouse. This summer the Clubhouse has been our favourite hangout to get a coffee and a Friday night after work beer. There is a lovely swimming pool next door to Clubhouse, and every warm Friday afternoon I would go there and have a swim with my baby son before heading up to the bar. It's the perfect way to enjoy the summer in the city.
I have a wonderful apartment of 60m2 in the west of Amsterdam. All housing in Amsterdam is quite small. Very compact. When I am at home, I am a real couch person.
This is the place in my house where I spent most of my time. Reading, working, chatting, cuddling, eating and watching some television.
My couch is vintage from great dutch designer, Martin Visser. A minimalistic design that is reclinable so you can also sleep on it. We always leave it reclined and I love putting my feet up and snuggling in with extra pillows for support.
Beside the couch, maybe my favourite thing in my house is a tiny 10cm bronze sculpture of a door. My brother is a sculptor and he made this miniature door for me. It hangs in my hallway next to the real doors in my home. For me, this mini door sparks the imagination. What is behind this door?
What are 3 things you do to leave the earth in a better state than when you arrived?
I have to admit that I am not the best recycler and love taking long showers. But I do try only to buy things I really need and will be able to use a lifetime.
For me personally, I think the best thing that I leave behind is that I am overall always positive and happy. I really don't like to complain and this is something I also would like to teach my son. To approach everything and everyone in life positively. To see the good in everything and everyone and not the bad.
I think actually nothing. At that age I was pretty happy with life. It was my last year in high school, with lots of friends and nice teachers. I really liked going to clubs and dance during the weekend - and of course I occasionally had too many drinks! A very normal 18 year old. Maybe now I would advise my younger self to go traveling for a year or so before studying. Just because it's much harder to take a long time off and travel the world as you get older. I'd tell my 18 year old self to let go of responsibilities and take on adventure; travel alone and meet a whole lot of new people.
What is your superpower?
Calmness, perseverance and eye for detail. I really enjoy the repetition of work and the precision in doing so.