The StorySince the beginning of her design career, Margje Teeuwen has been fascinated by the beauty of shapes that originate by crumbling paper. It inspired her to design a collection of tailor-made lights. Her encounter with designer Erwin Zwiers, formed a new source of inspiration. Always experimenting with new materials, he came across a multifunctional non woven plastic, which was ideal for designing a light. So independent from one-another, they were working on a similar light-object and instead of competing they decided to join forces. The result of their collaboration is a unique product. A lamp in the shape of a crumbled piece of paper, made of recyclable nonwoven material. Each lamp is pre-shaped by Margje and Erwin, but the unique features of the material allow the lamp to be reshaped over and over again, by the new owner. Anyone can tailor the shape of a “proplamp” to its wishes. “When you crumple up a piece of paper, you’ll create a shape so complex that it has defeated the most sophisticated computers”
scientist Narayanan Menonproductmargje, 15 years ago after obtaining her degree in Architectural Design and ending her career as Olympic hockey player. In a quest for freedom, she disconnected herself from authority, rules, and preset shapes. Painting offered her independence, more so than product design. Her paintings, known as “soul on canvas” are made with unique materials and have been publicly displayed at numerous galleries. After a decade of independent work, the desire to design products returned, but from a new set of self made rules. She sees Architecture as functional art, therefore many of her designs are custom-made for her clients. Her designs often have an unexpected double function. Ranging from an unfolding bag/blanket to a walking table. Her furniture features a balance between esthetics, functionality and emotion. Her strength is to take the ultimate shape as point of departure and then, and only then, find the technical solutions required to produce the design. Studio Erwin Zwiers to continue creating beautiful products and objects. His collection Twisted was successfully received by press and architects and lead to multiple collaborations, including a presentation at Salone Del Mobile 2012 in Milan with the renowned Italian furniture brand Poliform. Today, Studio Erwin Zwiers presents an independent collection of products that are developed and produced in his workshop. Quality and flexibility are guaranteed by this way of working.