Supertoys Supertoys are modern animists. They believe that every object has a soul which is connected to one immersive living system full of mesmerizing playful objects, colors and shapes. From their studio in picturesque Haarlem (NL) they make objects and furniture that look like they can walk away at any moment.
Supertoys Supertoys dreams of a world where we are more and more connected with the objects around us in a reciprocal way, a loving way. Where objects, furniture and spaces become alive. Obliterating the boundaries between inanimate and animate matter, between life and non-life. Supertoys Supertoys interrogates modernity and design within or for an alternative narrative. An anti-modernist narrative where there is no difference between culture, technology and nature, between natural things and social signs, between the self and the world.
Supertoys Supertoys is a design duo formed by Merle Flügge and Job Mouwen with the dream to make objects and furniture alive. Starting in 2018, they set out to fuse their backgrounds in architecture and interior design with their shared passion for sci-fi movies, colourful art and beams of energy. //
Merle graduated cum laude from the Piet Zwart Institute, Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design in 2017 in Rotterdam. For her graduation project she received the prestigious Willem de Kooning Research Award and MIARD Alumni Research Award.
Job is a practising architect and design lecturer. He worked for UNStudio as senior architect before starting his own practice.
Winner Design District Award “Best Stand 2018” for Abet Laminati @Design District 2018 (www.designdistrict.nl)
Winner Willem de Kooning Research Award 2017
Winner Hybrid Publishing Research Award 2017
Winner MIARD Alumni Research Award 2017 (Piet Zwart Institute)
Recipient Grada Van Beek-Donner scholarship 2016-17