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by Ineke Hans - 2005

Since graduating from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem (NL) in 1991 and the Royal College of Art in London in 1995, Ineke Hans' work has evolved in many ways, acquiring the identity most clearly of a designer, with the impulses of a sculptor, and the industrial experience needed to define products with a commercial life.

Her work investigates the psychological roots of products, perceiving and playing with the interaction between people and objects. It centers around the pictogram and archetype; old and brand new production methods are used in unconventional ways.

Some of her work also suggests the timeless familiarity and direct methods of Dutch vernacular or folkloristic traditions expressed through color and form.

Things that interest her include typologies, trends and codes, word-play, colors and self-evident furniture of the kind you can find in open-air museums, non-design, instinctive intelligence, childish constructions, new materials and old techniques, anthropology, folklore, new interventions in industrial production processes, the intelligent use of materials and decoration.

The first table set (Tête à tête set) started off with a wish to design furniture that would not look over-designed but be an ordinary product. A construction based on trial and error, like our ancestors used to do when they needed a table or a chair. Furniture of the kind you can find in open-air museums or folk-art museums was an inspiration for this project. Design was not an issue in those days.

In the end, three table sets and a coffee table resulted all of which look very ordinary at first glimpse. The planks of the table tops and seats have a structure that reminds one of wood, with the ‘woodgrains’ visible a result of the production process. If you look closer you will find out that it is made out of a modern late 20th century recycled material: a recycled plastic used along Dutch canals. Wind-, water-, salt-, acid-, UV-resistant, the material has practical aspects which make these tables so suitable for house, garden and kitchen.

Ordinairy Furniture was nominated for the Rotterdam Design Prize in 1999. When the Tête à Tête set and Beer table set were produced, for a while requests came in for bigger tables and benches with backs. The Deluxe set was developed as an answer to this. Ordinairy Furniture nowadays comes in almost any size people like.


• made of black recycled plastic
• wind, water, salt, acid and UV resistant
• suitable for indoors, outdoors and wet applications
• 2 stools and a table


• stools measure 14.4 x 11.8 x 18.1h inches with seat height of 18.1
• table measures 23.6 x 25.6 x 29.9h


• lead time is 14 to 16 weeks

tête à tête set


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