VANTOT is the collective title for the works of Esther Jongsma and Sam van Gurp, who are united by an unstoppable drive to create and innovate. Operating from the “smartest” square kilometres of Europe, Eindhoven, VANTOT is specialised in translating innovative and experimental ideas into refreshing applications, products and installations.
CREATING SPACIAL INTERVENTIONS
We like to switch between the scale of architecture and objects. We take light, sound, behaviour, interaction and the effect of time as our tools and can zoom into the tiniest details, or zoom out to the broader context. We believe this approach unlocks a connection between your hands and mind to create solid plans and prototypes.
EXPERIMENT TO INVENT
Experimentation as a key to innovation. We firmly believe that innovation often originates from a playful attitude and embracing coincidence as part of the creative process. Therefore our working method is led by open-ended experimentation.
Provincie Brabant – Brabant geeft Energie
Dutch Design Foundation
Eindhoven Design District
APPLYING TECHNOLOGY IN DESIGN
We strive to find new applications for innovations in everyday life, and it’s not only new-found technologies which have our interest. Serving as a guiding light in our work, antiquated techniques are put to good use in modern-day outlets, reciprocally benefiting from today’s updated knowledge base.
2018 – now
Municipality of Eindhoven
What if Labs, DDF & Solliance
VANTOT FOR DCW ÉDITIONS
We believe in initiating our own collections to be able to design without any constraints. This way we stay close to our own fascination with creating a larger story. However, we also really enjoy doing the same for commissioned designs.
FROM FUNCTION TO AESTHETICS
We like to rethink the complete design up to the tiniest detail. With this approach we intend to avoid the obvious, to reinvent the objects while prototyping them. We like to cooperate with specialists to be able to make real inventive solutions. For example, the LEDs we use are not off the shelf components but instead are custom designed as part of the complete product.