About

Frans Willigers (1951) is an independent designer. Curiosity drives him to create something new and useful from nothing. The importance of spaciousness in the work of the Amsterdam-based designer offers a glimpse into his professional history. After studying architecture, Willigers worked at various architectural firms. Since 1995, the designer has been teaching at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and has dedicated himself to furniture design.
Whether he is designing tables, chairs, cupboards, lighting or other home accessories, Willigers’ tranquil, sculptural work has a clear signature style, in which he always searches for the essence. Functional, elementary design with clear contours, a poetic touch and a timeless look.

 

Exhibitions

2018
Triennale ‘Reciprocity Design’, Museé d’Ansembourg, Liège,
5 October-25 November 2018
Cube Design Museum Kerkrade, 3 March-27 May 2018
Kunst Centrum Haarlem, 10 February-17 March 2018

2016
Masterly, The Dutch in Milano Milan, Palazzo Francesco Turati, 12-17 April 2017

2014
Nhow Hotel Rotterdam. lounge, February-March 2014
Object 2014 Rotterdam, interior 30th floor with Zetel, 6-9 February 2014
Chair Chain Amsterdam, Elle Festival 27-29 June 2014
Stoel en Design Amsterdam, Museum Geelvinck, 20-29 June 2014
SediaHUB@BUG18 Milan, Via Gaspare Bugatti, 18 17-22 April 2014

2013
Start Crowdfunding LAT Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage, 5-12-2013
Stoelendans Amsterdam, CBK, 23-8-2013 to 6-10-2013

2011
Woonbeurs Amsterdam, RAI, 24-9-2011 to 2-10-2011

2010
Tuttobene Milan, Via Savona 18, 14-19 April 2010

2009
Tuttobene Milan, Via Savona 6, 22-27 April 2009
Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, Town Hall, 17-25 October 2009

Media

2016
architectuur.nl, ‘The Last Writing Desk’
author Petra Starink, 13 October 2016
Wired, ‘9 pieces of weird furniture that’ll cure the dullest of offices’
author: Margaret Rhodes, 3 October 2016
Financial Times, ‘Why the desk is not obsolete in the laptop age’
author: Emma Crichton-Miller, 8 September 2016
QDaily (blog), ‘This design is awesome’
author: 沈非, 7 June 2016
Ridiculously efficient (blog) ‘Workspace Wednesday: The Last Writing Desk is a minimalist Workstation’
author: Rosemina Nazarali, 1 June 2016
Dezeen ‘Frans Willigers addresses useless work furniture with hybrid desk’
author: Emma Tucker, 29 May 2016
De Standaard ‘Vijf interieurtendensen op de beurs in Milaan’
author: An Boogaerts, 23 April 2016

2015
D’SIGN Magazine ‘Design by Frans Willigers with strong sculptural qualities’
author: Gabriëlle Voogt, 3 March 2015

2014
design.nl ‘Frans Willigers Dutch Blue’
author: Gabrielle Kennedy, 3 april 2014

2013
Woononline (blog) ‘Modern design in de ‘nachtwacht van de architectuur’
author: Natalie Korvin Rieder, 20 november 2013