Nicky Vollebregt is a hands-on textile, object and product designer fascinated by technique, material and texture. Within her process, she is led by crafts and textile techniques in finding new shapes and surfaces. Delving into these techniques and challenging their possibilities and limits, she explores structure, colour and pattern. A love for making and an eagerness to experiment lie at the root of Nicky’s work.
Nicky graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, in 2020, establishing Studio Nicky Vollebregt soon after in 2021. Graduation project Uncover - a collection of handwoven textiles that over time start to show the traces of their use by changing colour and revealing patterns - captures the philosophy of the studio very well: The story of an object, both of its making process as well as of its lifespan together make up the object’s character and uniqueness.
Being an advocate of the importance of emotional sustainability, Nicky is co-founder of a community surrounding this topic and through this, co-commissioner of a research project focussing on the subject. Translating this back to the studio’s applied work, concepts of storytelling, co-creation, material interaction and transformation are being explored, striving to encourage personal connection between object and owner. Nicky’s primarily handmade objects embrace imperfection as a unique trait, visualising the story of their creation and aiming to capture the joy that went into creating each individual piece.
Studio Nicky Vollebregt is based in De Wasserij in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
ART[s] Gallery Simone Jansen, Noordwijk
may 27 - 28 2023
The Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam
"The Future Classics"
from may 2023
OBJECT 2023, Rotterdam
10 - 12 feb 2023
Dutch Design Week 2022, Eindhoven
Isola Design Gallery
22 - 30 oct 2022
Design Fair, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
"Young Design Section"
may 1st 202
Dutch Design Week 2020, virtual exhibition
Dutch Design Week 2020, Eindhoven
Dutch Invertuals Academy
WdKA Graduation Show, virtual exhibition
jul 2020 - mar 2021
Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
"Design to Quit"
WdKA and Pharos Health Institute
education + internships
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
BA Product Design, 2016-2020
Adrianus Kundert, Rotterdam
Elvis Wesley, Rotterdam
WdKA Bachelor Research Award 2020
Drempelprijs Autonomous Practices 2020