Meet Studio Kees, the designers behind Tulip
Jaap and Odin or Blossom & Bloom?
Dare to share and be open for feedback. Now here’s a mantra for any relationship. That’s how Jaap and Odin of Studio Kees make it work. Since their early days at Delft University, Netherlands, their professional lives were intertwined. Working at design studios, they felt that this path wasn’t a match with their vision and ideas. They decided to forge their own way instead, and Studio Kees was born, almost 11 years ago.
A Bold statement
Before designing Tulip for Modular Lighting Instruments, Studio Kees came up with Bold in 2017, one of our most striking wall luminaires. Tulip is another exceptional design, this time, with an accessible and decorative flair.
“When we design a product, we start with the client’s wishes. We consider the context and situation. That is why the result can be much different from an earlier design. However, there are lines we do not cross. We work by the principle of advanced minimalism. We always try to achieve smartness in function but definitely also in aesthetics.”
Creativity, fuzziness and results
Tulip arrived after pages and pages of sketching. And even then, at first, it was five shapes instead of two. Then came the “fuzzy front end”, as they call it. A dynamic process that includes discussion, friction, and a lot of back and forth. Uncertainties and endless possibilities. It’s not an easy part of the process, because if it were, the end product wouldn’t be the same. But once this gets started, the project grows organically. The duo zooms in and out, and they fine tune until an optimum is reached.
Tulip, Jaap and Odin
And this time it was Tulip. In fact, two of them. Blossom and Bloom. The first is a bit of an introvert, a narrow shape that gives a soft light. Bloom has a wider opening, and its light is brighter. In flower terms, but also in terms of design for our new luminaires, Blossom is the beginning of light, in a way. Bloom however, is already a step further and is showing off. Together they form the lifecycle of a flower. A nice story.
Despite their differences, Tulip's shapes are complementary and a perfect fit. Alone, either of them is elegant. Both together, they work wonders. Did Jaap and Odin unknowingly design a slight reflection of themselves? They laugh. Maybe a little.
Watch the video of Tulip.