We interviewed Ingrid Heijne, who went from an autonomous artist
to art director for the Dutch film and television world to interior
design. She ended up starting Zenber Architects with her partner,
and in 2015 they launched WoOL as an independent label. WoOL is
a company that designs high-end, sophisticated room dividers that
absorb sound and appeal to your senses.
WHERE HER FASCINATION FOR WOOL CAME FROM:
Ingrid grew up in Drenthe and spent a lot of her free time in Texel. For the non-
Dutchies among us, this means she was always surrounded by sheep. The main
characteristic of sheep that fascinated her was that wool can grow again and
again; it’s a fully renewable resource and nothing needs to be broken to create
the fabric. It’s a sustainable material and 100% biodegradable.
HER FAVOURITE PART OF HER COMPANY:
Ingrid loves to be in the Amsterdam studio of WoOL and feel, cut and tinker with
felt and to create shapes. With the shapes that she creates, she catches things
that are aeriform, such as light and shadows.
THE COOLEST PROJECT SHE’S DONE:
The coolest project she has been allowed to do with wool is modifying the iconic
lounge 1 chair of Schiphol with WoOL fabrics.
WHY SHE LEFT FASHION:
Ingrid feels that the fashion world is too strict; there are too many timelines and
guidelines to follow. There are a lot of factors from outside that have influence
on how you have to work and what you create. Thereby in the fashion world, a
created product has a short, seasonal, life. Meanwhile, in the design world, there
is more space to create your own idea on your own terms.
HER COMPANY’S PURPOSE:
WoOL objects can be used as room dividers or to absorb sound in a space. Often
the product is used in offices, but it can easily add so much to your home. Thereby
WoOL is a product that gives a warm feeling to your spaces.
MORE ABOUT INGRID:
After her graduation from the fine arts school ARTEZ in 1994, Heijne studied at
the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduation, she became
an art director within the Dutch film and television industry and created her own
design companies. In collaboration with partner and renowned interior architect
Eric Wezenberg, she started ZENBER Architects in 2012. ZENBER Architects
designs innovative working spaces for offices and educational institutions, with
a pragmatic approach and open dialogue towards the end user. This results in
exceptional designs that embrace the approach of “activity-based working” and
are highly functional and sustainable.
See for yourself starting at X BANK starting 24 October.