Executive Director of VIA




VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

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Contact : Volmarijnstraat 118 3021 XW Rotterdam - Pays-Bas

Ph. +31 10 4259696
Born in Zoutelande, The Netherlands.

1986 -1991
Academy of Industrial Design Eindhoven, department Man & Living.
- work experience at office Steiner in Berlin, exhibition- and interior design.
- study trip to Indonesia, researching traditional production techniques.
- work experience with Bart Guldemond in Amsterdam, furniture- and interior design.

1990 -1991
1. Development of a ‘Telehomeworktable’, i.c.w. Gispen, Culemborg.
2. Researching the natural elements, which resulted in the ‘Natural Element House’ and the ‘Waterfall Shower’.

Design and execution of the Graduation show for the Academy of Industrial Design Eindhoven, in the Exchange of Berlage i.c.w. Desiree van Dijk.
Design of the ‘Bench of Zoutelande’.

Freelance work with interior architect Desiree van Dijk, various projects.

Outline design of outside play area for a nursery school in The Hague, commissioned by the Sofa Institute.

1993 - 1994
Interior design of several departments of the Penitentiary Institution in Vught (NL), i.c.w. Magis & partners architects.

Design and marketing of ‘Hang lamp Alu.’ i.c.w. Art of Living, Rotterdam.

Interior design of the auditorium in the Technical University Eindhoven, i.c.w. architect Bert Staal.
Co-founder of the design platform “ Design Platform Eindhoven”, organising lectures, excursions and workshops.
Exhibition of the ‘Waterfall shower” at the International Design Exhibition in Osaka, Japan.

Design, production and marketing of ‘Shade’ a wall and table light.

Design of a furniture collection, including the construction of prototypes. Presented under the name ‘NOTHER collection at the “Woonbeurs” in the Rai in Amsterdam.
Presentation of the ‘Waterfall shower’ by Droog Design, during the International Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy. Later this presentation was exhibited in the Central Museum Utrecht.

Design functional ornament ‘EXTRA DRY’ an interior object of soft polyurethane foam, presented during the Int. Furniture Fair in Milan, within the Droog Design show called ‘the inevitable ornament’.
Design 100% LIGHT, a pendant lamp for energy saving light bulbs made of soft polyurethane rubber, for Leitmotiv bv in Amsterdam.
Design LAMP 01, i.c.w. Rob Gijsbers, a table lamp of spinned aluminium, for Planet in Amsterdam.
Design MAGNET CABINET, a steel medicine cabinet with a door of magnetic rubber foil, for Leitmotiv bv in Amsterdam.

Design Netherland, NY, a polder for seclusion in the New York Bay, initiated by the Observatorium, exhibited in gallery TZ’ART, New York.

Interiordesign and execution of waiting-spaces in the VU Hospital, Amsterdam, i.c.w. Rob Gijsbers.
Design pill, a seating-object, a capsule of rotation-moulded PE-rubber, filled with soft foam rubber, i.c.w. Ben Oostrum.
Design donut, a seating-object of elastic foam with a polyurethane-coating, i.c.w. Ben Oostrum.
Design and presentation of flux, a series of ceramic pendant-lights for the AVA-ceramics award for which MNO is nominated.
Mno-presentation at Designers Block during the 100% Design fair in London.

Start production of ‘Shade’ a wall and table light by MoMA-retail New York.
Teacher furniture design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam for the 3rd year students of the department for Interior-Architecture.
Exhibition Easy Dutch by MNO at Totem Gallery Soho, New York.
Under Construction: design and development chair “Blue Moon” in collaboration with Toyo Ito Architects Tokyo, commissioned by the City Councel of Groningen.
Teacher at the Design Academy in Eindhoven at the department Man and Leisure.
Presentation at ‘Designers Block’ in the Jam Factory during the 100% Design fair in London.

Presentation of the MNO collection at the ‘Satellite Salone’ during the International Furniture Fair in Milan, including the launch of the mno website.
Participation in the ‘Skin’ exhibition in Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York, including a publication in the ‘Skin’ book.
MNO exhibition at Vivid Design Gallery in Rotterdam.
Participation in the Via Milano exhibition with Easy Chair and Y-bone.
MNO presentation at the 100% Design Rotterdam.

Design of a Gin Bottle for the ‘Dutch Souvenirs’ project, initiated by the European Ceramics workcenter. This project was presented during the International Furniture Fair in Milan.
Red Dot Award for outstanding design for Crosslight, including exhibition and publication.
Design ‘Baffin Sky’ a lighting design for the Baffinstreet in Amsterdam, commissioned by the Amsterdam foundation for the Arts.
Pill, Donut and Crosslight by MNO feature in the International Design Yearbook edited by Karim Rashid.

Design and presentation of several new wall tiles; amongst others the PWS and STL for Maattwerktegels. Presented at the 100% Design Rotterdam.
Participation in the ‘Foreign affairs of Dutch Design’
Presentation at the container ground in Tokyo during Tokyo Design Week.

The Crosslight has won a GOOD DESIGN AWARD by The Chicago Atheneum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Furniture design for Japanese noodle restaurant ‘Tokyo Decadence’ at Autostadt Germany, in collaboration with Hosoya and Schafer Architects.

Publications in several national and international newspapers and magazines, like Parool, NRC, Algemeen Dagblad, New Design Magazine, Frame, Items, Elle Decoration, View on Colour, Interni, Sunday Times etc. Exhibitions and presentations in several galleries en museums, in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Milan, New York, London, Tokyo, Antwerp etc.

Jan Melis, November 2005.

jenever bottles Low-res

table lamp Crosslight

easy chair Easy chair

Hanukah menorah Menorah

side table, stool, cabinet Module

seating object Pill

wall tile PWS

wall tile STL

room dividing system Y-bone

easy chairs Easy chair

pendant light Flux

pendant light Crosslight