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Product designer Linde Hermans uses her infinite creativity to tell tales through various designs and materials. Linde’s home and studio invite you to discover. Small and big surprises, because that’s what her creations certainly are. All topped with the necessary know-how and a dash of Linde. During our conversation Linde describes herself often as ‘ordinary'. But when you know what this lady is capable of, then you know that there is another hidden layer to this ‘ordinary'. And that is ‘extra-ordinary’.

Little moments and copper wire

The young Linde grew up together with her younger brother in a cozy home. A home where museum visits had priority over amusement parks, and where doing things together weren’t merely a wish, but a daily given instead. Going for a walk with the family, for instance, was one of these ‘little moments’. One that she - being a mom of three sons – often does herself and considers a precious moment of daily life. “I still like to walk a lot. And our children, of course, have to come along,” she smiles.

LINDE Hermans atelier

Atelier Linde

Nobody knew at the time, that her pastime with copper wires and interest in science would lead to several masterpieces later. However, it was obvious that this creative dreamer would use the language of creation for the rest of her life.

Dash of Linde

Linde’s language is her design, and vice versa. Nothing just exists and everything is emotion. Inspired by fairytales, images and symbols she sometimes creates her objects are sometimes serious and other times they are impish. From ceramics and textile, to leather bags and interior design objects, to scenography and installations in public spaces. This creative dreamer refused to be boxed into one box. Visit Rodeschoentjes and Linde Hermans to find out for yourself how she fits in multiple boxes.

LINDE Hermans spiegel

Stairs. You see a ladder, but it is a staircase.

Materialpoet in red shoes

Linde often chooses the material to start with. The story is less present in this case. She explains: “The story has to be present. Especially when I create something purely for myself and not for a customer. For myself I always add this poetic side, which often develops during the process of creation, but sometimes it’s already there from the start."

Mijmermonologen. 10 schalen, 101 woorden, 1 verhaal.

Musing Monologues. 10 works, 101 words, 1 story. (click for more information)

And then there is this 'red' thing. Linde herself often walks around clad in dark colours such as black or dark blue. There is nothing about her or her work that draws explicit attention. Even the impish wink in her work or the titles of it often are subtle and soft.

The question what’s with that colour of red, she answers with a smile. “I don’t really know. I attracts me as much as it repels me. It is fantastic to see somebody wearing a red garment, because it shows self-confidence.” Is this then the reason?

Her own collection she knowingly named Red Shoes. Because that’s just what 100% Linde means.

Red shoes

Stands for childlike fantasy and imagination. The joy of an infinite dance. The beauty of a pair of red shoes in the window. A collection that tells a tale or allows you to float away in dreams.
Inspired by stories, images, symbols, ...

TILTING SOUP BOWL

Tilting Soup Bowl

Give me time

“In order to be creative, time and tranquility are of the utmost importance. It is a constant quest for equilibrium between my family and my work. I try not to stress myself too much with this. It is what it is.” Linde does not have a plan. She never had. But instead she has a lot of dreams, inspiration and an unfailing power to accomplish things. Now she only needs the time and tranquility to be able to do the thing she does best. Creating.

Goodbye

A day after we met, Linde writes the following: “I actually gave it a thought more than once that I would like to create music. And I don’t just mean playing an instrument, but creating a real piece of music, even though I don’t know anything about it. A good dance song or something... to shake a leg. I always envied dancers, actors and musicians.” Isn’t it marvelous, how the language of design has so many shapes, imaginations and desires?

Pictures: Renaat Nys & Vicky Janssen

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The maker Linde Hermans / Product Designer

I enjoy the 'little moments' in life, like taking a walk for instance.

  • 10 plates, 101 words, 1 story

    10 plates as a comfort zone around an old metal figurine, was one of many concepts conceived by product designer and creative dreamer Linde Hermans. Two companions and three years later, the complete set of Musing Monologues is ready to be shown. The 10 plates come alive through a monologue that is told in exactly 101 words. Together they are 1 story. Musing monologues is a charming invitation to self-reflection for everyone out there: Are you a dreamer? A hunter or a rebel? Or do you recognize yourself or someone else in the character of hope or the pursuit of harmony? Listen to the monologues of Pepijn, Helena, Gerd, Mick, Jacob, Elisabeth, Leon, Jesse and Eden, Seth and Rien. And step into the wonderful world of Musing Monologues. Don’t forget to take a look at the unique and inspiring postcard package ‘art by post’, that bundles the 10 Musing Monologues in a postcard format.

    Maker: Linde Hermans

    Mijmermonologen. 10 schalen, 101 woorden, 1 verhaal.
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    About the project

    The project Musing Monologues was created during a first visit by LECHAPERON-animator Vicky Janssen to the studio of the Belgian Product Designer Linde Hermans in Houthalen. A personal feeling, the same vision and approach soon led to a collaboration between the two creative ladies. In order to bring the characters of Musing Monologues to life, they called in the writing pen of Petra Thomas. The enthusiasm, dedication and motivation of this complementary three-headed team resulted in 10 plates, 101 words and 1 story.

    Makers

    Linde Hermans (1974) is Product Designer and uses her infinite creativity to tell stories. Her language is her design. Nothing just exists and everything is emotion. Inspired by fairytales, images and symbols she sometimes creates her objects are sometimes serious and other times they are impish. From ceramics and textile, to leather bags and interior design objects, to scenography and installations in public spaces. Always topped with the necessary know-how and a dash of Linde. The creation of the 10 Musing Monologues is one of the many realisations of this creative dreamer. www.lindehermans.be

    Petra Thomas (1978) is a writer and calls herself a professional doubter and coffee drinker. Since a few years ago Petra writes about everything and nothing on her blog ‘Niemen(d)alletjes’. With her warm and intimate personality, she touches your heart and leads you to little moments, taken out of life. And each and every time she hits the spot. Petra Thomas wrote the 10 Musing Monologues in exactly 101 words. www.petrathomas.be

    Vicky Janssen (1981) is a freelance copywriter and initiator of this online gallery LECHAPERON. She goes her own way and likes to be surprised by a personal encounter, a story and the creativity of the moment. She is the glue, the extra layer, that connects everything and everyone. Sometimes in the form of an online gallery, sometimes in the form of an idea, an encounter or a story. Like the Musing Monologues project, for instance.


    I enjoy the 'little moments' in life, like taking a walk for instance.

    Linde Hermans / Product Designer
    The product 10 plates, 101 words, 1 story
    by Linde Hermans

Words have more impact than you can imagine. Petra Thomas already realized this when she was a child. Later on, words would become her life and livelihood. First as a speech-language therapist, then as a ‘word’ teacher at the Academy of Tienen, where the spoken word is made tangible in the form of drama and narrative theatre. Since a few years ago Petra writes about everything and nothing on her blog ‘Niemen(d)alletjes’. And each and every time she hits the spot. A glance inside of the life of this professional coffee drinker, doubter and wonderful wordener.

Cold coffee

Ever since her childhood Petra has been captivated by words. She started out writing little verses and poems when she was six, read thick books in the garden under the magnolia tree and rode her bike with fully loaded bags to the library two villages away. And frankly she never ceased to do this. So many years later, she considers writing to be the ‘gathering of words’. “When I write, it seems something takes over. I float in some sort of parallel universe and forget time. It more than often happens that my coffee turns cold. Cold coffee always has been a good sign,” Petra says with a smile.

Mijmermonologen. 10 schalen, 101 woorden, 1 verhaal.

Musing Monologues, 10 works, 101 words, 1 story.

Writing has something crafty to it

Petra sees, listens and absorbs everything around her. A beautiful story, a beautiful sentence, a well-chosen word that sticks. She writes it down and uses it later in a text. “When I am very restless, I find the access to my pen much harder. However, if I am not writing, something feels off. A day she’s writing, is always a better day. And if she succeeds it’s awesome.

“I built writing into my morning routines: before I start my day, I will write for half an hour to ‘get into the day’. Sometimes it looks like the words find me, instead of me finding the words. Words have a habit to search for each other and find each other.” That sounds much easier than it actually is.

The process of writing doesn’t always flow. It’s more often a lot of trial and error. Writing a lot, deleting, cutting and pasting. Puzzling and refining until everything fits completely. “In this light, writing is a craft.

Kunst per post postkaartpakket

 

Art by post

Love-hate relationship

Reading Petra’s work, one will soon notice she is sensitive to details and symbolism. Her writing reveals the way she looks at the world, shows she loves people and how gladly she observes people. Look, there she does it again. She not only does it when she writes. I notice it while she talks: everything Petra says is in some way thought out. Is it because she, as no other, knows what a word or its absence, means?

“Actually I have a love-hate relationship with words. On the one hand words are precious, they make the intangible tangible and provide the surface a new, different reality. On the other hand I see and experience their shortcomings. More often it’s the combination of words, instead of the meaning of one word, which evokes or expresses an emotion. Words need each other.”

Mijmermonologen Helena

Helena

The written word

Petra’s passes her love for words, and their power on every day. Among others at home to her two gorgeous daughters, at the Academy, but mostly through all her writings.

If I had to choose, I choose the written word. Because words are allowed to sit inside your head, and don’t always need to be said. Not every text is speakable, however every text is readable.

Goodbye

Since a few years this lady chooses explicitly for herself and the written word. She learned to do this by trial and error. And there she sits, stronger, and still as warm and integer like I always have known her. Fortunately. Petra is skilled in finding and seeing the small things. It’s good to know that they are given the right to exist through her pen and words. 

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Actually I have a love-hate relationship with words.

  • Musing Monologues, art by post

    Musing Monologues, art by post, is postcard package that bundles the 10 Musing Monologues. Each monologue consists out of 101 words and defines an identity in which you recognize yourself or someone else. Are you a dreamer? A hunter or a rebel? Or do you recognize yourself or someone else in the character of hope or the pursuit of harmony? Step into the wonderful world of Musing Monolgues and meet Pepijn, Helena, Gerd, Mick, Jacob, Elisabeth, Leon, Jesse and Eden, Seth and Rien through their inviting monologues. Unique and inspiring to give, to receive or to keep.

    Curious to see the original work to which these postcard refer? Click here.

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    Maker: Petra Thomas

     20,00

    Kunst per post postkaartpakket
    Kunst per postKunst per postRien Kunst per Post postkaartRien Kunst per Post postkaartElisabeth Kunst per Post postkaartElisabeth Kunst per Post postkaartMick Kunst per PostMick Kunst per Post postkaartJesse en Eden Kunst per Post tekstJesse en Eden Kunst per Post tekstPepijn Kunst per postPepijn Kunst per postGerd Kunst per post postkaartGerd Kunst per post postkaartSeth Kunst per post postkaartSeth Kunst per post postkaartLeon Kunst per postLeon Kunst per post postkaartJacob kunst per postHelena kunst per postHelena kunst per post

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    Musing Monologues

    This postcard package Musing Monologues, art by post, is part of the original work Musing Monologues. Musing Monolgues is a set of 10 unique plates, created around a figurine made out old metal. The scale or plate symbolizes the comfort zone in which the character enters into a monologue with itself. Or with the world out there. Each monologue is told in 101 words that give the figure an identity. As an invitation to self-reflection. Are you a dreamer? A hunter or a rebel? Or do you recognize yourself or someone else in the character of hope or the pursuit of harmony?

    Art by post bundles the 10 Musing Monologues whereby each character comes to life. The 101 words, shaping the 10 Musing Monologues were written by Petra Thomas.

    The scales of the original work Musing Monologues, is made by Product Designer Linde Hemans.


    Actually I have a love-hate relationship with words.

    Petra Thomas / Writer
    The product Musing Monologues, art by post
    by Petra Thomas  20,00

Above me a piece of a colored glass ceiling, to my left a mesh of colors and lines covering barstools, and on the right there is a wall rack from the Jean collection. The workspace where I am breathes GRiNT. This Belgian label represents playful and lively interior objects, which are clear and functional. And their strong graphic language permeates all of it consistently. 

GRiNT officeGlass ceiling in office of GRiNT

Michiel Goethals and Mattias van Mieghem are the two creative brains with golden hands behind this successful design and product story. A complementary team that besides passion and craftsmanship, also shares a beautiful friendship. An ideal formula, so it seems, which sprouts the finest creations, surprising each time with simplicity and originality.

Friend & colleague

High school in architectural design brought both gentlemen together. Afterwards Michiel dove into graphic design, while Mattias focused on design and furniture design. Neither of them intended to venture out on their own after graduation, so years ago both decided to join forces by means of GRiNT.

Creatives behind GRiNTMichiel (left) and Mattias, two creative brains behind GRiNT

“The drive to to this together and to roll up our sleeves motivated us from the start.” The name GRiNT illustrates their differences in background, which at the same time is the power of this complementary duo. Throughout the years their relationship evolved from classmate to friend, from friend into colleague and later even into framily (a combination of friends and family). “We've always been best mates. After my studies illustration, I dreaded to start for myself alone,” says Michiel smiling.

Being an illustrator is quite lonely and those lonely moments are not for me. (Michiel)

Creating by doing 

Michiel and Mattias are not the wait and see types. They rather lock themselves up in their studio in search for new ideas and designs for various interior projects and objects. Their love for the trade, their aesthetic eye and the striking line and color patterns with graphic influences determine the final product.

GRiNT officeOffice GRiNT showing the typical graphic style

All prototypes are initially designed in their own studio. Why? Simply because that’s where the magic happens. “After having spent some time behind the drawing board, there is always the need to move and the desire to do something in the studio."

A lot happens when you start doing something. One idea nurtures another.

Perpetuum mobile

The story of Michiel and Mattias brings up the image of a perpetual mobile in me. From their unique individuality one is pushing the other forward. One speaks abundantly and the other complements where necessary. When I try to find out what they admire in each other, it once more becomes evident how much both gentlemen are focused on doing. And just need a few words to understand each other. For even Michiel falls silent for a moment.

Atelier GRiNT Atelier GRiNT[/caption]

Gosh, Mattias manages to create a very good framework within which we can and have to work. On my own I would never succeed in that. I draw a lot of energy from creating something together. Otherwise I would be some sort of loner, I am afraid.” Michiel’s wild brainwaves are channeled and made tangible by the sense of reality of Mattias, and vice verse Michiel drives Mattias to new ideas and ways of executing them. Mattias continues: “Michiel is the man with copious amounts of ideas. He is always very enthusiastic about a certain idea. That fuels me to realise these ideas."

GRiNT item

In spite of the clear division of labor, both gentlemen get the most satisfaction from creating something new. The interaction between a new idea and its execution is a game they both play gladly. In 2016 GRiNT was allowed to create a design for the label Serax. An accomplishment they both – rightfully – are very proud of.

Bye

These entrepreneurs see themselves not as strategists who plan out their whole future in advance. On the contrary, both Mattias and Michiel follow their gut feeling from the very start. Looking back now and then and setting out a new direction is also part of this. And meanwhile they go ahead like they have always done. Because experience shows that at GRiNT the most beautiful things emerge by ‘doing’.

 

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Something magical happens by doing. One idea feeds another.

  • Tray Charles

    TRAY CHARLES stands for timeless and sleek design with a touch of vintage for your interior. It’s a limited edition series of 15 items. The idea of this ‘house design’ has resulted from interior project that the makers were working on. One idea feeds another. This tray and 2 coasters contain the typical graphic lines and vintage look of the Belgian design label GRiNT.

    Details:

    • Material : messing with foam rubber at the bottom (tray + 2 coasters)
    • Vintage look, protecting coating
    • Measurements: 350 x 320 x 26mm
    • Contact me for private appointment via vicky@lechaperonunlimited.com
    Maker: GRiNT

     140,00

    13 in stock

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    Tray Charles
    Tray Charles

    Product Description

    PLATEAU CHARLES was created by the Belgian label GRiNT. This label stands for playful and lively interior objects that are transparent and functional. The strong graphic style determines its timeless and sleek design. Simple and original, ordinary and yet distinctive. The love for craftsmanship, an aesthetic eye and the striking line and color patterns with graphic impact determine each end product made by GRiNT. The name GRiNT stands for Graphic design and Interior and furniture design, referring to the studies of the two creative brains behind this beautiful interior label.


    Something magical happens by doing. One idea feeds another.

    GRiNT / Interior design
    The product Tray Charles
    by GRiNT  140,00

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