Their story is a classic, but nonetheless interesting: they meet towards the end of the 90s at the renowned Design Academy of Eindhoven, they start collaborating and after graduating they decide to found a studio together. Two heads are always better than one. Even though in their case there's a frontwoman who speaks and a man who remains in the shadows, in practically perfect balance. Their collaboration is symbiotic.
It was 2003 and the atelier founded in Rotterdam was that of Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg. Aesthetics, rigor, study and the ability to innovate soon become their chosen expressive codes, their trademark qualities. Even though their works are always surprisingly different to one another.
A few years ago exhibition "Out of Ordinary" presented at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in the Netherlands detailed their approach, celebrating the duo's rare ability to mix stories and inspirations without ever forgoing an experimental element. Various projects of theirs clearly display the amount of in-depth research inherent in their work: an example is "Mitate", a family of seven floor lamps designed in 2013 for Galerie Kreo in Paris and in which objects are turned into glowing samurai through an unusual perception of space and design.
Today we speak with Wieki, though Dylan - silently - is present throughout the conversation.