KIKKERLAND BLOG

The First Canadian Shop-Within-A-Shop At Bergo Design

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Kikkerland opens first Canadian shop-within-a-shop at Bergo Design in Toronto

NEW YORK, NY, (July 10th, 2015) Following the success of the New York City flagship store now celebrating its second anniversary, Kikkerland has opened their first Canadian shop-within-a-shop at Bergo Designs in Toronto. Located in the historic Distillery District, the 130 square foot shop carries a selection of its best sellers and signature items for the kitchen, bar, home, stationery, tools, bath, and games, with over 300 original designs.

The shop, designed by New York-based Dutch designer Jan Habraken and his team, harkens back to Kikkerland’s and Bergo’s industrial design backgrounds. They have created a raw, modern space where the products are displayed on custom-made peg boarded walls in pure utilitarian style. With a hot pink neon sign reading “Be Curious”, visitors to Bergo’s 6000 square foot gallery will easily find the shop and explore their curiousity.

Robyn Berman, Bergo’s owner says, “I have always enjoyed the
experience when visiting the Kikkerland booth at tradeshows and am
very happy to now offer my customers the same opportunity.” Bergo has been selling a large selection of Kikkerland products for 10 years.

Since Kikkerland’s beginning in 1992, celebrating design and making it available to the masses has always been part of the brand’s goals. “We are very excited to partner with Bergo, one of the best design gift shops in Canada, to promote the work of over 40 international designers!” says founder Jan van der Lande. The shop within a shop is located on the second level of Bergo Designs. Open daily from 10am to 7pm with Thursday, Friday and Saturday closing at 9pm.

 

ICFF NYC And The Bed Bath & Beyond Design Challenge

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

During the ICFF 2015, we featured fifteen of the most remarkable and creative design items from the Bed Bath & Beyond Design challenge. Many customers stopped by to check out the unusual booth made with white milk crates, designed by Jan Habraken of FormNation.

The booth helped highlight the students’ raw but fresh ideas for their storage solutions. Some designs from this challenge will be added to the fall collection. Stay tuned!

For more information on Kikkerland’ s seventh design challenge, please visit kikkerlandbbbdesignproject.com



Journey To The West – Celebrating China Design Challenge

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Pictures From Our “Journey To The West Party” At The Kikkerland Shop NYC
Celebrating The China Design Challenge

On May 16th, Kikkerland introduced for the first time in the US the 16 finalists of the China Design Challenge. The “Journey To The West” party was hosted at the Kikkerland Shop. Mr. Liu, consul at the New York Chinese consulate, Mr. Yao, VP at Lenovo, Winnie Gao, Beijing Design Week Project Coordinator and Zhou Yi, Design Challenge walked the red carpet along with long time friends designers and students. Many products are under development for an introduction in the Chinese and Worldwide Markets for the Fall 2015.

Photos From The Kikkerland‬ & DePelikaan‬ Tea Event In NYC

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The Kikkerland Shop hosted their Tea Salon event for the exclusive U.S. release of the Dutch tea, De Pelikaan Tea. The store staff constructed a garden area with outdoor lights, an ivy wall, and flowers to curate a pleasant, colorful atmosphere. Delicious scones and Stroopwafels (Standard Dutch tea cookie) were provided to complement the tea tasting. The Tea Salon brought in 50-75 guests, customers, and friends – a comfortable amount for a shop tea party.

Brooklyn based tea specialist, Sara Shacket, explained the different notes of each of the five showcased tea blends.  Each blend was received very well, but the Mona Lisa Smile blend received particular praise. This blend was an iced green tea with strong accents of rose and strawberry. Based on the feedback from the event the Kikkerland Shop is inspired to bring in new flavors. With summer right around the corner the shop will explore new refreshing blends that are suited for making iced tea on a hot day!

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Announcing The Kikkerland NYC & Pelikaan Tea Event In NY

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

It is the first time in De Pelikaan’s nearly 200 year history that their teas will be available in America. Kikkerland will be the exclusive US retailer.

A common Dutch fixture, the teas have remained dear to Kikkerland’s founder Jan van der Lande, who remembers growing up in Holland and drinking De Pelikaan tea with his grandmother. Debuting stateside with Kikkerland are eleven teas, selected from nearly 100 different options, with blends ranging from Himalayan Melange (with unbroken Assam and Darjeeling), Rooibos (with Bergamot, Apple, Ginger, and Lemon) to traditional blends from India and Indonesia. The teas picked represent the staff of Kikkerland NYC, a team with people from all over the world.

De Pelikaan, a small family business, decided to work with Kikkerland for their US debut because van der Lande’s family has been a customer for over several generations.

“Growing up in the Netherlands, De Pelikaan was a common staple in most homes. I remember drinking it at my grandmother’s when I was growing up,” says van der Lande. “The text reads: ”Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur” or in English, “The secret to happiness,” which I think fits in well with the Kikkerland point of view! Introducing these teas to the shop makes sense because they are not only visually striking with their great tins, they are some of the finest teas in the world.”

The collection will officially debut with a celebratory event on May 7th at the Kikkerland Shop NYC (493 6th Ave) from 4-8pm