About

Lisanne Meester (1993) is a Dutch designer. She graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy in 2017 after which she started her own design practice.

In her work she focuses on translating observations into objects. By making high quality conceptual design pieces she initiates new perspectives on composition, material, environment and function.

New perspectives on composition, material,
environment and function.

Process

Every project starts with an idea. This can be an idea about a certain form, a material she likes to explore, or about a certain story or concept. These ideas find their way into her sketchbook, a very important tool in her design method. She uses it to dump ideas, “there are so many in my head, they need to come out in order for me to understand them and to filter the bad from the good and the great ones”. Sketching often leads to making. All her objects and pieces are handmade in her own studio where she is free to experiment. These experiments moslty lead to even more ideas. This process of theoretical and practical research are the base of all her designs.

“Freedom to experiment is very important,
it leads to new and more profound ideas”

Inspiration

“Inspiration can come from everywhere. I get mine from architecture, materials, textures or weird connections in our daily surroundings. Photography helps me to find those details. It helps me to frame my inspiration and forms the base of new designs. Through the eye of a lens, the world looks different, more compact in a way. I like it like that.

I also like to read. Mainly books about design, strategies or materials, but also short stories and interviews. Reading supports me to form a concept on a theoretical level. This helps me to achieve a deeper meaning in my work. 

Riding my bike, breathing in fresh air, helps me to relax and sort all my thoughts. And it keeps me fit, of course!”

Experience

Education & work

August 2019 – now
Product design & Marketing @ In-Zee

May – July 2019
Volunteer @ Het Nieuwe Instituut

February – September 2019
Freelance Designer @ Happy Concrete/Studio Iwan Pol

November 2017 – now
Owner of Lisanne Meester Design, kvk: 70454094

September – December 2017
Get Started Programme, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Gaining skills in business and economical strategies

2013 – 2017
Product Design, Bachelor of Arts: Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, The Netherlands

September 2016 – January 2017
Minor Sustainability: Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, The Netherlands

February – June 2016
Internship at Ka-Lai Chan Design, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Research, concept, design, installation for several projects

2011 – 2013
Pre-university education (vwo), Veurs Lyceum, Leidschendam, The Netherlands, with the profile; Culture and society (8.1)

2006 – 2011
Senior general secondary education (havo), Veurs Lyceum, Leidschendam, The Netherlands, with the profiles; Economics and society & Culture and society (7.8)

Exhibitions & presentations

26 September 2020
Open Studio @ SectorV, Leidschendam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Construct & Arch in my own studio space

5-7 June 2019
Design District @ De Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Stream Collection & 2D Tree

February – March 2019
Figure 2.0 X Tunderman Eyewear & Opticians, Leidschendam, The Netherlands: Showcasing my objects in combination with several glasses of different brands

6-8 June 2018
Design District @ De Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Figure 2.0

9-11 February 2018
OBJECT Rotterdam @ HAKA Building, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Figure, an ongoing research into the creation of abstract objects aiming to trigger curiosity and imagination

21-29 October 2017
Dutch Design Week, See YA Dude!, BNO @ The Student Hotel Eindhoven: Exhibiting Let’s PLAY

29 June – 2 July 2017
WdKA Finals, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Graduation Project; Let’s PLAY

7-9 June 2017
Design District, Young Pioneers @ Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Exhibiting Fidget, De Makerbox & A Graduation Sneak Peek

19 April 2017
Creating Pioneers Dinner, Henri Winkelman Award: Presenting De Makerbox

9 February 2017
Beyond Social, Art of the Inclusive City @ Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Presenting De Makerbox

17-25 October 2015
Dutch Design Week, WdKA takes the Floor: Detail in Desktop for Forbo Flooring B.V.