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Jan Melis

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Someone said that all progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. Jan Melis believes that income should not decide whether or not you'll have quality design in your home. Progress is the development of new materials. This makes affordable design possible.

For Melis, design is a way to communicate his ideas with other people. "The process of turning my experiences into concepts and designs is a way to talk with the outside world," he says. "It's a way of developing myself and to show where I am."

The experiences he talks about are deeply rooted in modern Dutch and European lifestyle. "I just look around at how people behave, what things they use, what they collect and what they wear. Especially children given interesting insight into the basics of products' use." Film, music, food : the Cohen brothers, Motorpsycho, Sushi: his cultural tastes are all in some way present in his designs.

After graduating from the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven in 1991, Melis struck out on his own, working freelance for several architects, designers and projects. His first furniture collection launched in 1997, and especially his lamps have since attracted much attention and acclaim, and have been exhibited by Droog Design, and sold at MoMA Retail in New York. Prior to "Easy Dutch," Melis has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Milan, Tokyo and many other places.

Melis' designs prove that good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
Jan Melis
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