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Ontwerplabel Vij5Basically Vij5 only exists out of two persons: the young Dutch designers and entrepreneurs Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst, who design the majority of the product collection.
Next to that Vij5 actively seeks collaboration with other young designers to expand their collection. The distribution of the finished products is arranged by Arjan and Anieke, after they complete the design and investigate manufacturing possibilities together with the designers. With this they are looking for designs that suit their own signature.
Arjan (1981) studied ‘Architecture’ at the TU/e and Anieke (1982) studied at the ‘Man & Identity’ and ‘Man & Communication’ departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven. They started design label Vij5 directly after they graduated in 2006, to create possibilities for bringing their own designs to the market.
Arjan and Anieke are convinced that collaborating is important. In fact; it is one of the basic principles of Vij5, visible in the growing amount of collaborations with other young designers.
One moment Arjan and Anieke are busy checking new prototypes of a product in a factory, the next moment they are producing in their own workshop in Eindhoven or presenting Vij5 at exhibitions in the Netherlands or abroad. “This variation is what makes our job fun. We participate in the complete design process and influence the progress. Our job is a combination between entrepreneurship and designing.”