In June, we will devote each Saturday to highlight one designer from De Design Shop in Hutspot Eindhoven. This week, we sat down with Lotte de Raadt, who’s aim is to stimulate sustainable use of water. Take a look at her inspiring series of ceramics.
Hi Lotte! How has your day been so far?
I’m very good, thanks. I have had quite an exciting day. The photoshoot with Hutspot was a lot of fun and I will have another interview after this. How about you?
I’m good, thank you! How did you get into the world of pottery?
For a long time, I assumed that I would find clay too difficult to work with. However, my mom has worked with this material for a long time and encouraged me to give it a shot. I learned about its good properties and how versatile it can be. I took an apprenticeship and I am now completely in love with it.
Is pottery your main focus?
At this moment, yes. I also work with wood and sometimes include textile in my designs. I think it is important to know how to work with different materials and master a diverse range of techniques. It opens up a lot of interesting possibilities.
You associate your work with water, aesthetically and ideologically – could you tell a bit more about that?
I find our general knowledge and awareness regarding water usage to be very disappointing. Here in Holland, people still consume a lot of plastic bottled water. I find this unnecessary, because our tapwater is of such good quality. Raising awareness through my work has always been important to me and I feel that water usage is a good place to start. For example, I have made a design series for tap water. The series consist out of carafes that come in three different forms. They represent the three different sources of tapwater; surface, dune and underground.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently collaborating with Jetske Visser and Kristie van Noort. Together, we experiment with the leftover iron that is filtered out by water production companies. We research new possibilities for this material to be used. It is quite an exciting process!
What is it like to work as a designer in Eindhoven?
It is very inspiring. I work in an old building converted into a center for designer studios. We sit together for lunch, talk about our work and share ideas. Eindhoven has a lot of vacant industrial spaces and the city actively encourages designers to use these.
What makes Hutspot compatible with your designs?
What I find most interesting about Hutspot is the visual and commercial concept. All stores have a nice look and feel and selling high-quality products seems to be very important. I am very happy that there is finally a place in the city center where local design is being sold.
What has been a highlight this year?
I am currently working on a project with Lunet Zorg, an organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities. I am now in the process of designing a collection together with the artists connected to the organization. The collection will be launched during Dutch Design Week this year.
What are your plans in the coming year?
I am looking forward to spending more time at my family’s holiday house in Sweden. Here, we have a studio which I can use to take a break and find new inspiration. In the future, I would see myself working in both the Netherlands and Sweden. And of course, I want to keep raising awareness regarding water usage!
‘Archiving Water’ by Lotte de Raadt is available at Hutspot Eindhoven