Bespoke furniture, handmade in Amsterdam
I am a designer-maker with a great passion for wood and my craft. I believe in sustainable practices and spread awareness about craftswomanship through my work.
I design and make functional and contemporary furniture of all kinds. I believe that design is a process, and being a designer-maker allows me to be in control of all the steps from sketch to final product. Each decision in the journey is a conscious balance between material, form and function. My products are objects of daily use, with beautiful details, usually in a playful combination of wood and colour.
Looking for something in particular? Take a look at my webshop or instagram for inspiration or get in touch! I work with clients to design and build customised furniture, but also build my own designs to sell.
All products are built by me in my Amsterdam West workshop. I work with a combination of modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, something I’ve learnt to blend after my carpentry apprenticeship. I have a keen eye for detail and strive to perfect every product I make. My furniture often features smaller handmade elements that add value and interest to the product.
I take pride in my skills as a furniture maker and believe in regularly practising working with hand tools. Woodworking is a craft that needs to be preserved and promoted, and my products are a medium to spread awareness.
I believe contemporary designs never go out of style and my furniture can be handed down from generation to generation. I build furniture that will last a lifetime and criticize throw-away lifestyles that large brands promote. I strive to use certified wood from sustainable sources and work with sustainably manufactured lumber products.
According to me, quality materials, strong joinery and the right know-how build great furniture that stand the test of time.
I ♥ Wood
I love working with the incredible versatility and warmth of wood. As a maker, I am constantly fascinated by mother nature and the materials she has to offer. Wood is a renewable resource and I handle it with awe and respect. Each piece of wood is as unique as the tree that supplied it, and it is important to make conscious use of it.
I find wood grain amazing and pay extra attention to it while using it in my work. Trees tell their story through their wood, and this makes every piece of furniture special.
As a woman in this male dominated field, I wish to spread the joy of working with your hands and creating something beautiful to use everyday. Through my work, I hope to inspire other young women to pursue a career in crafts and creativity. It is not a man’s world, and women have a unique perspective and can contribute on an entirely different level.
I am part of Stichting Vakvrouw in Amsterdam, and run my own small business from the shared workshop.
WHat customers say about my work
“In designing and assembling my new CD shelf, Vanessa combined meticulous craft with a keen aesthetic sense. The result is a most welcome addition to my living room, and a pleasure to look at while listening to my favourite music. “
“I am very happy that I decided to get a custom designed & made sideboard from Vanessa! The communication was pleasant and smooth, we quickly managed to refine the proportions, material choices and details of the design to match my initial wish. The result is perfect, a piece of fine craftsmanship, beautifully made unique eyecatcher for my living room! Thank you so much!”
“Working with Vanessa is a dream. Her work is meticulous. She matches hues perfectly, even with the less expensive woods, and turns them into gorgeous textures. She can work and build into odd spaces. We have an obtuse angle in our home and she built hanging cabinets into them. Superbly fun, sleek designs. She is more than on time, even finished early.”
Alessandra B. | Hanging Cabinets