My Infinite Hometool by Maaike
STORY # 2
maaike in amsterdam – januari 2012
Maaike and I have known eachother since we both worked as interns for the Danish designer Henrik Vibskov in 2010. For both of us this was the first time we spend a longer period of time away from home. During these six months in Copenhagen we got to know each other quite well, and experienced a lot of ups-and-downs together. At the moment Maaike and her parakeet Harold are temporarily living in a small but beautiful attic appartment in the middle of the Amsterdam Red Light District. She told me over the phone about her new home and invited me to spend the weekend.

Maaike recently graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and is now working for herself doing props, film, performances and developing concepts for others. With her work she is able to turn random objects, or things we might see as waste, into fascinating new designs. Everytime I step into her world she blows me away with her ideas and fantasy that seems to have no limit. I admire her for being able to open my eyes and let me look at things through a different perspective.

I asked Maaike to fill ‘My Infinite Home Tool’ with her most treasured items, and to tell me something about them. It took her quite a while to select, since she is a person who lives closely together with her collection of objects. In the end she decided to make a ‘sleep-over suitcase’, because she is only living here temporarily. Very important to her is Harold, her parakeet who is always with her. Besides that a few items she needs to feel at home; her snail lamp, pyjama’s, her musical intruments and some objects her friends gave her like her ‘boyfriend doll’.

Before this weekend I’d never spend more time in the Red Light District then a quick walk through it, but it was fascinating to suddenly spend two days living in the middel of it. To look down on the whole scene from a window high above the street and to exit the house through a door that’s located right next to several windows with women wearing ‘sexy outfits’. It turned out to be not as scary as I thought, although it must always stay a bit strange to have a neigbour who’s bathing in red light.

Find out more about Maaike on www.maaikefransen.com

My Infinite Hometool by Maaike
My Infinite Hometool by Maaike
My Infinite Hometool by Maaike