Driving Dutch Design – SKUA Studio
ONE WEEK ABOUT Driving Dutch Design by curators Patrick Aarts Sen (BNO) and Katja Lucas (DDF)
Driving Dutch Design is the professionalisation and networking programme of ABN AMRO, Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers (BNO) and Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) that helps talented designers get started in the world of entrepreneurship. SKUA Studio (Anousjka Röben and Naomi Hille) is one of them.
SKUA Studio is a starting label that focuses on bold and elegance shoes. With the use of classical shoemaking techniques, edgy, clear and sleek designs are created without losing the element of comfort. The shoes have an elegance with a raw edge, due to the use of a unique mix of shapes and colors. All the parts of the shoe are created in their own studio. An example of this are the heels. Shaped in their own studio, it is common to order pre-made heels from a manufacturer abroad. For SKUA Studio it is important to keep the entire process in their own hands for their prototypes, this way the form remains original, local and small-scale. As artisan shoemakers, the duo attaches great importance to solid, reliable materials. All their shoes are available in all possible sizes, because they think you should own your own, no matter what.
Both Naomi and Anousjka were born in Utrecht the centre of the Netherlands. They met during their time studying at the DHTA, where it clicked from the first moment they worked together. The choices in style and personalities caused them to collaborate, during, and after their studies. Naomi and Anousjka are both constantly looking for the limits of artisan shoemaking and fashion. They both have a hands-on mentality, and ask themselves tough questions that make them set their limits higher.
For more information about the participants, the programme and registration, please visit drivingdutchdesign.nl
Photography Chayka Collection and portrait: Rox Klijn