De Ruyter on Design: How our physical surroundings affect us and influence our state of mind

For this De Ruyter Dutch Courage event, on Thursday 23 May during Clerkenwell Design Week, we are joined by installation artist Maria Vera van Embden Andres.

She will talk about how our physical surroundings can affect us and influence our state of mind. Touching on examples in the realm of public space, architecture, art and design, Maria Vera will address how interactivity, materiality, colour and light can add a sense of wonder and meaning to a place. Expect a compelling series of visual observations accompanied by personal thoughts and reflections.

Maria Vera, installation artist with a foundation in architecture & and currently Director of Research & Development at Studio Drift, recently founded her London studio Dreams Work. Her new studio enables her to develop and create spatial art installations and architectural interventions that trigger a sense of wonder and redefine the perception of a place.

For regular visitors of De Ruyter, this event is not our usual location but at Spaces Farringdon, on the doorstep of Clerkenwell Design Week.

The bar opens at 18:00, the talk starts at 19:00 and entrance is free but please RSVP via Eventbrite!

Spaces Farringdon
77 Farringdon Road
London, EC1M 3JU

Double Dutch Drinks, creating a drinks and mixers startup

For this De Ruyter Dutch Courage event, on Thursday the 11th of April, we are joined by Joyce and Raissa de Haas of Double Dutch Drinks.

Dutch twins Joyce and Raissa de Haas founded Double Dutch Drinks in 2015 and quickly grew it into a globally exporting business. Their selection of flavoured tonics, specifically crafted to pair with spirits, has already won them awards and recently a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

De Ruyter Double Dutch Drinks

The bar opens at 18:00, the talk starts at 19:00 and entrance is free but please RSVP via Eventbrite!

Spaces Oxford Street
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
London W1W 8HF

De Ruyter on the changing landscape in advertising

For this De Ruyter Dutch Courage event, on Thursday 21 March during Advertising Week Europe, we are joined by Martin Verdult, MD of MediaMonks London.

Martin joined content production company MediaMonks London last summer (when it merged with Sir Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital) from Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai to grow the London operation. He will talk about his journey via Amsterdam and Shanghai to London and about the changing landscape in advertising.

Martin Verdult - MediaMonks

Martin Verdult previously worked at Razorfish, Lost Boys and Cooper + Cross in Amsterdam followed by a four year stint at Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai (the last two years as managing partner). He has worked on brands such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Korean Air, H&M, Budweiser, Nestlé, Mondelez International, Vodafone, Fortis, ING Bank, Mitsubishi and Nissan.

The bar opens at 18:00, the talk starts at 19:00 and entrance is free but please RSVP via Eventbrite!

Spaces Oxford Street
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
London W1W 8HF

Network your way into 2019

For this De Ruyter event our partner Daphne Thissen will give a free taster session of her networking training. 20 minutes packed full of practical tips for successful networking in the new year!

Useful information for those of you working in shared work spaces, collaborative creative set-ups, or in a more traditional office environment.

Daphne, networking trainer and author of ‘Notes to Self, a pocket guide to networking‘ will share her tips and advise in this interactive taster workshop. Most common potential networking situations will be touched upon!

The bar opens at 18:00, the talk starts at 19:00 and entrance is free but please RSVP via Eventbrite!

Spaces Oxford Street
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
London W1W 8HF

De Ruyter on lighting design – Fractal by Marc de Groot

For this De Ruyter Dutch Courage event during the London Design Festival we are joined by interior, urban, product and graphic designer Marc de Groot.

Marc De Groot - De RuyterMarc incorporates structures derived from nature and perfect mathematical figures, such as the hexagon, into his spatial lighting designs. The latest members in the Fractal family are two chic, shiny brass lamps that have been gilded with 24-carat gold. In addition to these golden Dubai Edition versions, he is showing a number of versions made of brass, a material that the designer believes ages beautifully: ‘It gracefully ages in time’. These will be exhibited as part of Enlightened Design III from Thursday 20 September.

The title of the series, Fractal, refers to the name of the geometric figure that is made up of parts that are more or less uniform with the figure itself. As an interior, urban, and graphic designer, De Groot brings together all these disciplines in his work. He combines nature and mathematics by theorising reality and mixes artisanal craftsmanship with modern techniques.

Marc de Groot

Marc de Groot is an interior, urban, product and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and the Design Academy Eindhoven.

The bar opens at 18:00, the talk starts at 19:00 and entrance is free but please RSVP via Eventbrite!

Spaces Oxford Street
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
London W1W 8HF