Nominated for Creative Heroes Awards 2019
Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven makes products, but in a new, special, experimental and sometimes radical way. Tjeerd designs the entire value chain, from a raw material to an often successful consumer product made from natural waste materials.
He was one the first designers who made algae textiles with AlgaeFabrics. He uses tulip petals as a natural pigment to colour products, and palm leaves for palm leather products. In the often lengthy research and design process, Tjeerd fulfils countless roles: he is an inventor, producer, designer, philosopher, activist, businessman, volunteer and bank, as he formulates it himself. For each project, he uses the value of natural residual materials with the aim of making the world more sustainable.
Jury: ‘Tjeerd Veenhoven is a forerunner in the development of materials from nature. For years he has been successfully creating new, sustainable products based on new materials. His palm leather slippers are made in Asia, where he generates employment and income for local people. At the same time, the designer offers a sustainable alternative to the current ‘one-day slippers’ used in hotels.’