Joost van Bleiswijk is a prolific Dutch designer whose work encompasses myriad styles, materials and categories.
Joost prides himself on his immense freedom in design, which is the major influence on his process, in both conception and execution. With the aim of timelessness and armed with the motto "Design is no democracy", Joost focuses on making things with great care, lasting materials, and a clear heritage process in a personal, recognizable and distinctive way. Joost's designs hark back to a long tradition of archetypes, reinterpreting them into new iconic pieces. Bringing these heritage designs into a contemporary setting has marked Joost's work throughout his career.
Joost elaborates, “I find it interesting to work with construction methods to create techniques that work as dogma for my designs. I create contemporary versions of forgotten objects such as the grandfather clock, hourglass, chessboard and goblet. I draw inspiration from the past and study hundreds of years of product design to find archetypes and conclusions of shapes that lie in history. It’s not only the style of design I find very important but the object itself; I choose objects that tell a story.”
From delft ceramic plates for the The Rijksmuseum museum to his improvised sheet-metal Protopunk furniture and Meccano-like Mechanical Constructions, Joost's fascination with industrial processes and building structures is reflected in every masterpiece he constructs. His signature ‘No Glue No Screw’ collections - which have become more complex, detailed and architectural - belie their seemingly simple construction method.
Having designed for brands including Bernhardt Design, MOOOI, ICE Carpets, Secondome and Ahrend among others, Joost has established himself as a visionary in design. Joost van Bleiswijk was born in Delft and graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven. His work has been acquired by private collectors and institutions including The Rijksmuseum, Design Academy Eindhoven, Venice Projects, Zuiderzee Museum, Noord Brabants Museum, Zuiderzee Museum in The Netherlands, and the Design Museum Holon in Israel. He lives and works in Eindhoven.