Career StoriesPassion 23 December 2014
Career Stories: Jewellery designer Lenneke
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You might remember the immaculate work setup of illustrator Hyshil. So when she suggested CHAPTER FRIDAY to check out where jewellery designer Lenneke works, we were immediately on it.

With a workplace that would make every young creative drool – it even has a tipi! – it’s clear that Lenneke Kooijman from jewelry brand Lennebelle deserved a place in the spotlights with her desk and workspace.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOME OFFICE!
“I live in a characteristic old house with three floors. The attic is where I get work done. When me and my family just moved in, that space was a huge mess. We had to paint the floor six times, stripped the beams and moved my worktable around for at least a hundred times before I found the perfect spot. I recently added a kid’s corner and although it’s fun, it doesn’t really help with staying focussed!”

ARE YOU A BIG COLLECTOR?
“In our previous house, friends used to call my workroom the museum. It was packed with stuff that I was once given by my grandma and that I bought on little markets. I’m always looking out for unique objects and the workplace you see here is basically just a big display case of everything I discovered on these treasure hunts.”

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BEST BUDGET TIP?
“The curtains above my desk are painted with onion peels. Now that’s what I call budget!”

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
“The butterfly cases in which I store my jewelry. I spotted them at Isabel Marant a long time ago and thought they were so breathtakingly beautiful that I immediately went looking for them online. That’s where I scored three insect cases that were once displayed in a museum.”

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WHAT CAN BE FOUND ON YOUR DESK?
“My jewelry, first and foremost. And a few old boxes that I found in thrift shops, an old apothecary vase I got on a market in Berlin and something that looks like a bell jar, but is in fact a see through cookie jar placed upside down.”

HOME OFFICE VS. REAL OFFICE?
“Working from home has it’s pros and cons. I love the fact that I can run upstairs after dinner to continue working on something special. But with a little girl and a second one on the way it can be challenging to keep my work and home separated. What I miss most though, is not being able to give someone a high five when I just placed a very big order.”

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YOUR BLOG READING RITUAL? 
At the moment I follow Le dans la from French stylist Aurélie Lécuyer, UnfoldedThe road is home and Kinfolk. I also find a lot of inspiration on Instagram, where I follow FrenchwordsAce & JigMociunMama Watters and Garance Doré.

Curious to see what kind of jewellery Lenneke makes? Take a look at her website or follow her on Instagram for jewellery inspiration.

Love seeing what other creatives have on their desks? Check out the previous features here.

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