Erik Stehmann runs his studio, based in Arnhem (NL), with a professional view without losing the ability to experiment and play like a kid. Erik is exploring his rapidly changing fascinations on a daily base, looking for new possibilities and applications of basic techniques and materials, which eventually leads to new products.
Sometimes it starts with a weird sentence, or with a frustration about how ugly some products are, but it always ends in an innovative project or product meant to make the world a bit more fun. “I see design as toys for grown-ups, because toys are fun, and having a lot of toys is cool."
“The best thing about my job is that I can challenge myself every day! I just enjoy inventing and designing, and I love cooperating with designlabels and manufacturers to see the possibilities of a design increase during the process.“
New Stuff! by Studio Erik Stehmann
Just like in childhood, toys continue to play an important role in adult life, only now toys are disguised as cars, televisions, mobile phones and so on. We take pride in our new stuff, but we dare not to call them toys anymore. My designs however, can be called toys and may be enjoyed as such. You are never too old to play!
Over the past years I've started more designs, ideas and objects than I could finish. The past months I've finally taken the time to finish most of these designs, and I will show them together with other brainfarts and designs I made but never showed before!