To gain insight into Mae Engelgeer’s intuitive process is to see her in the rich context of 21st century Dutch design, and her reverence for the craft and artisans associated with each material interaction. From her fearless experiments in real time weaving at the TextielLab in Tilburg to her immersion in indigenous processes for Kyoto kimono silk and Nepalese rugs, Engelgeer opens herself and, in turn, us to new design outcomes.
Synthesizing historical and contemporary influences--often architectural in origin--of her own culture with those of her travels abroad, Engelgeer repeatedly hits the right note. Her exquisite sense of color, and combination of form and material, catch our attention for their freshness, yet are grounded in balanced composition.
After graduating from the Amsterdam Fashion Instituut and Sandberg Instituut, where she specialized in textile design and applied arts, Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer opened her own studio in Amsterdam in 2014. Her work on product design, installations, and international collaborations combines her expertise in craft and new technology. In her two collections of upholstery fabrics for Wolf-Gordon, Engelgeer imparts openness, sophistication and a sure sense of direction.