Minke van Voorthuizen
Minke was born at 1965 at Utrecht, The Netherlands. Already at young age she did spend her time drawing and making sculptures. Beside this, she enjoined her childhood, playing around with all kinds of animals.
Minke went to the School of Arts, Minerva, at Groningen, direction painting and sculpturing. To complete her study's, she moved to the city of Arnhem. At ArtEZ, School of Arts, she studied Product Design. At 1991 she finished her study's presenting a cupboard system with the name 'Vogelkastje', produced till 2002 by Castelijn Collection, The Netherlands. Also the lamp 'Swing' went in to production at Artimeta, Heerlen, The Netherlands.
Soon after, Minke joined a cooperation with furniture designer Gerard Vollenbrock. They worked together in good teamwork. Many items went into production at various company's. They build together a pleasant studio at the Greek Island of Serifos.
In 1996 a series of products, designed by Minke, came into production at Cascando, Westervoort, The Netherlands. These products, with the name Tango, Cobalt and Za Za where also the first products for this fine company and still is produced with care.
Meanwhile, Minke took a side job as a cabin attendant at KLM, to travel around the world for a year or ten. This part gave her the biggest insights of working with people in all kinds of cultures.
In 1999 Minke moved to the Midden Beemster and later Amsterdam, to spend time there for four years. During this period she did work mainly for the huge project at Almere, Atelier Ijmeer at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After this project was mainly finished Minke moved back to Arnhem to have her focus on her own design projects.
From 2002 Minke went several times to Guangzhou, China, where she was invited for orientation and to inventory the furniture industry's.
At the moment Minke is working on new design projects and it is expected there will be several new products on the market in 2009.