Amanda Swart and Nienke Mulder share a deep love of color and have made it their mission to infuse more color into people’s lives through their designs. Both illustrators, Nienke and Amanda met and graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Together they decided to meld their interests in fashion, styling, and art to form their own Rotterdam-based design studio, French Toast Studio. “We aim to create products like art prints and interior products that bring some extra sparkles to your home. Products, designed with love, that make you happy on a daily basis! Besides that, we design a lot of patterns for textiles and we are working on developing new products to expand our own product range,” the duo shares.
Amanda and Nienke are fortunate to work in a building with other creatives whom they can collaborate on projects with and seek trusted recommendations. Their luck is not lost on them, “Our studio is based in Rotterdam, in a building together with a lot of small creative businesses. We are among architects, photographers, shoe designers, graphic designers, ceramicists, artists/painters, product designers and musicians. This creates a very inspirational atmosphere to work in.” Not only are there a host of creative types to pull from, but their building also has a fabrication lab which any of the businesses can freely use. French Toast Studio uses it as they create new prototypes, laser-cut their Lazy Plant line, and develop new products — all without having to leave their own building.
The duo’s studio is packed with everything they need for their design business, a space that’s all their own to express their style and display their own products. While they restrained themselves from painting the entire studio their favorite color (pink), they did define their nook with the welcoming shade. The nook, which happened to be the perfect size for their velvet green couch, is now Nienke and Amanda’s favorite area of their studio. Follow along to see how they’ve made the studio work for them to reflect their passions, and how they’re doing their part to add more color to the world. —Rebekah