The story behind Designcollectors
posted on Sep 23 2015
- by Tine Castelein
The fact that you are reading this blog is no coincidence. After all, you are a design lover and you want to know all about it. And the people behind Designcollectors, they share your passion. All their life, they have been fascinated by architecture and design, like the furniture by Vitra, Artek and Thonet. Surely, you are looking forward to meeting Tine Castelein, who runs the web shop and the other logistical activities of the family business together with her sister Charlotte and her brother Pieter.
Fascinated by design
Already at a young age, Tine learned to look at and enjoy beautiful things. It was always inevitable that she would develop this interest into her professional life. On 1 April 2009, that dream turned into reality when the user-friendly web shop with the Vitra Home collection went online. Since then, the collection was expanded to include Artek and Thonet, as well as the unique bags by Maharam. Today, Designcollectors has the largest stock in Europe, which allows sister company and experienced logistical partner Castelein to deliver everything fast and with great care.
“In 2009, we started Designcollectors based on an interest for architecture and design. Our idea: ensure a large stock to serve our customers across Europe fast.”
At home, Tine also surrounds herself with her favourite furniture. The designs by Alvar Aalto, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Prouvé, Charles & Ray Eames are a perfect match for the modernist home she was fortunate to buy with her husband. The bungalow was constructed in 1964 by friends of her parents, and the building had fascinated Tine and her husband from a young age. The house needed some thorough renovations, but the layout was kept. The spacious home without any stairs is perfect for the family with three kids.
The bungalow was constructed in 1964 by modernist Architect Arthur Degeyter, and the building had fascinated Tine from a young age.
“The large entrance hall and hallway make for a central axis, where the kids play all day.”
The 3 legged Artek 60 Stool is a handy allrounder that fits anywhere.
The Rotary Tray designed by Jasper Morisson, is currenty serving as a candy tray.
One of Tine’s favourite pieces from the Designcollectors range is the Artek Tea Trolley. This design by Alvar Aalto from 1937 has been given a prominent place in her own living room.
The kids’ rooms were also furnished with pieces from Designcollectors. After all, quality furniture can handle a knock or two! And, as the twig is bent… the tree is inclined.
In the garden, the Vitra Elephant Stool adds a nice touch (as well as play fun).
Tine’s passion for design also shows in the care with which products are handled at Designcollectors, as well as in the quality of the customer service. Logistical partner Castelein has all the knowhow to deliver products fast and safely wrapped to customers. In brief, Designcollectors is the work of passionate professionals – your guarantee for quality products and excellent service.
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Photos by Bieke Claessens