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Letters To Chico The Inventor Of Kikkerland Critter Windups

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Last spring, we received a bundle of letters written by five students from Pierce School in Massachusetts. These adorable letters were not actually addressed to us, but to our designer of the Critter wind-up’s, Chico Bicalho. The teacher, Gretchen Adams, utilized the Critters as a tool for inspiration in writing prompts and other activities in class. They loved explaining the intricacies and robotic movements of our jumpy wind-up toys. So much so that the kids were pleading the teacher to buy more!

The students decided to mock up their own designs inspired by Chico’s wind-ups, and wrote letters to him with a detailed picture of their wind-up. They entertained inventive ideas for their wind-up designs; some that made us feel inspired! Kailyn’s wind-up included an alarm clock function, named “Setter”, where it rings like an old telephone and jumps around to wake you up.  Or Rigoberto’s “Tanki”, a wind-up based off of an actual tank with treads and an advanced navigation system!

Kikkerland is overjoyed to hear stories like this one. We love to hear that our products are used as inspiration. Our goal is always to challenge the boundaries of design, and make you look twice and smile. Chico happily wrote back to each student, encouraging their creativity!

Check out the letters here..

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.

 

Kikkerland Design Inc Launches RIVSALT In North America

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Introducing rivsalt is an innovative gastronomic experience that appeals to foodies and design lovers. It means grated salt in Swedish. Jens Sandringer, rivsalt founder, discovered this method of salt grating at a Japanese restaurant in China while he was working for SONY as a project manager.

Each rivsalt package includes 40 to 60 grams of Pink Himalayan rock salt, a high quality stainless steel grater – especially designed to allow one to see the amount of salt being grated, and a beechwood base. The salt and grater becomes the centerpiece of any table setting.

rivsalt will be available from Kikkerland Design in March 2015.

See the full Press Release here from Kikkerland Design.

StudioFriso Wins Kikkerland’s Dutch Design Competition

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

StudioFriso wins Dutch Design Competition with innovative bike bell

StudioFriso’s innovative and quirky bike bell has won the Dutch Design Competition. Named “Ring to It,” the bike bell will become the official giveaway of the Dutch embassy and consulates in the United States. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans announced the winner during an award ceremony at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC on Wednesday April 30th.

Andrés Lhima –  Frans Timmermans, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister  – Friso Dijkstra

The jury was impressed by Friso Dijkstra’s design, calling it “a quintessential Dutch Design gift.”

“By combining a typical Dutch product with the typical Dutch tongue-in-cheek humor, Ring to It becomes a double-layered gift,” the jury wrote in explaining its decision. “It is functional as a bicycle bell while also being symbolic of a ring as a seal to a relationship. This product definitely has a ring to it!”

Friso Dijkstra graduated from The Design Academy of Eindhoven, and set up his own industrial design studio in Amsterdam in 2006. His design was chosen out of more than 180 entries from around the world for the competition, which was organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Dutch Consulate General in New York, Kikkerland Design Inc., Shapeways, and the Museum of Arts and Design.

Mexican designer Andrés Lhima is the Public Choice Winner with “Tulip Cutlery,” a cutlery set that can be transformed into the shape of a tulip. Andrés Lhima won the Mexico Design Challenge with the Luchador Bottle Opener in 2011, licensed today by Kikkerland Design. In second place came Tom Dissel with his clever keychain and rack, “Home Harbor.” And Dutch-American designer Heloise Schep, at 11 years old, won third place with her “Amazing Stroopwafel Clip.”

Kikkerland Design Inc. plans to produce and license the top 3 winning designs, and introduce it to the US and global markets. In addition, the Dutch government will buy 500 pieces of the winning product to use as its official giveaway in the United States. On top of that, the winning designer will receive a weeklong residency at Shapeways’ New York headquarters, as well as flight and accommodations.

The top 14 designs were 3D printed by Shapeways and displayed in the “Hands On” educational section of the “Out of Hand” exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City from April 3-20. They were also on display at the final event at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The Dutch Design Competition is inspired by ”Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,” the exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. The exhibition explores the many areas of 21st century creativity made possible by advanced methods of digital fabrication. It is the first major museum exhibition to consider the impact of these revolutionary methods on fine art, design, and architecture.

Members of the jury include: Jan van der Lande, CEO of Kikkerland Design; Duann Scott, Design Evangelist at Shapeways; Jan Habraken of FormNation; Alissia Melka-Teichroew of ByAMT; Ron Labaco, Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and Exhibition Curator for “Out of Hand”; and Rudolf Bekink, Ambassador for the Netherlands in the United States.

We look forward to developing the products and promoting Dutch culture.

Kikkerland Design Presents – China Design Challenge 2014

Monday, January 20th, 2014

A PASSAGE INTO DESIGN
"To break barriers, improve daily life, and to pave the road towards design!"

Throughout our day to day course of life, we continually accumulate the experiences that shape our way of life.
 
In this way, we create a routine based on experience, that becomes a comfortable cycle, and we try to live our lives without challenge.
 
But, have you ever questioned your daily routine? Looking back on your patterns, does the comfort hinder your path or does it help you achieve success?
 
Have you ever let loose these inhibitions? Allow your inner self to rebel a little bit and break through your restrictions!
 
All over the world, there are already more and more designers emerging and sharing their ideas. Through their designs, they are allowing their respective countries and even the whole world to enjoy more convenience, more comfort, and smart solutions to improve the quality of life.
 
Beijing International Design Week and Kikkerland Design have come together to host the 2014 China Design Challenge, looking to find the next batch of clever and nonconventional designers seeking to bring a little humor to Chinese design and break the monotony of daily life.
 
Kikkerland Design is currently one of the largest product design companies in the United States, with their designs being sold in shopping malls, museums, small boutiques, and more, across 100 different countries. Their design challenge was created and funded to encourage a global market for Chinese design, through international judging and guidance, global promotion, international investment and production, and royalties paid to the designer. The contest hopes to create a quality product with value as a product and as a design from start to finish.
 
The Design Challenge judging will take place through the course of Beijing International Design Week, with Kikkerland and various media outlets covering the progress and results. Sina, Sohu, and other major websites will conduct interviews. 
 
In addition to the contest being a rare opportunity to showcase Chinese design, the final chosen designs, and their designers, will also receive the 2014 China Red Star Original Design Award. Nationally recognized, the award is one of the most prestigious design awards one can receive in China.
 
We have too many restrictions on our daily lives, so let’s come to expect more! 
To the young designers who wish to break barriers, improve lives, and bring more thoughtfulness to our surroundings, come give the Chinese Design Challenge a try! 
 
 
1. Design Categories
Product Design (Excluding Electronics)
- Gadgets & Tools
- Goods For Living
- Travel And Sports
- Children’s Products
- Kitchen & Bar 
- Bathroom Products
- Storage Solutions
- Stationery
- Keychains 
- Clocks

Subcategory:
- Furniture*
*This category will be produced by another brand, not Kikkerland Design.
 
2. Entry Participant Requirements
Designers, including design students, or design teams are permitted to enter.
 
3. Timeline
A. January 15th to April 30th - Call for Entries
B. May to June – Review of work, announcement of finalists, and professional design workshop 
C. June to July – Internet voting of designs
D. End of September, Beijing International Design Week – announcement of winning design pieces, gold medalist winner, special awards, and a exhibition of the finalists’ designs
E. November – Beginning of production for winning design pieces, international press release 
F. May 2015 to June 2015 – Gold medalist winner, as well as all of the finalists will exhibit their work in New York Design Week 2015, promoting Chinese design internationally
 
4. Contest Rules
A. There is no entry fee
B. Each designer or design team can submit more than one entry
C. Submitted design work can be in any medium (concept sketches, renderings, completed models, etc)
D. Download the entry form and the template for submitting work here: http://beijingdesignweek.org/upload/2014-01/15/2014zhongguoshejitiaozhansaicansaibiao.doc & http://beijingdesignweek.org/upload/2014-01/15/2014zhongguoshejitiaozhansaizuopinbanshishejimoban.pdf
E. Make sure to sign the agreement within the entry form
F. Entry forms and design submissions must be filled out according to the provided forms and template. Failure to properly submit your information may result in your entry being unaccounted for. Entries will only be accepted in the correct format.
G. Prior to the announcement of winners, the entered designs may not be submitted or licensed to any other third party
H: All finalist designs will be submitted as participants of the 2014 China Red Star Original Design Awards
 
5. Copyrights
A. Participating designers may not submit any work that is not original. Any copyright violations will be the responsibility of the participating designer. 
B. All the information provided on the entry form must be true and correct. 
C. Any submitted design works cannot be winning any other design events and exhibitions
D. Any violation of these rules will result in automatic disqualification
 
6. Awards
The Challenge Awards are divided into three categories: finalists, winners, and gold medalist winner.
 
A. All finalists will be eligible to participate in a professional designer workshop
B. All finalists will participate in Beijing International Design Week, be given official award certificates. All finalists will also participate in a Beijing International Design Week special exhibition, Red Star Award recognition, and international media exposure.
C. Award winning design pieces will be produced and sold in the international market, including within China. Award winning designs will also be showcased in the 2015 New York Design Week, with the contest organizers and Red Star Design Awards doing international press promotion.
D. Several award winning designers will receive royalties for their work.
E. The gold medalist will be recognized during 2015 New York Design Week
 
7. Objectives
To showcase China’s modern design sensibility and creativity.
The product must be feasible as a commercial design product. 
 
8. Contact Information
Contact: Miss Shi 

Telephone: +86 10-84186684 / Mobile: +86 15321805299
Email: 2014cdc@bjdw.org
Official Website: http://www.bjdw.org