For Dutch duo VANTOT, it’s all in the name. Literally translated from Dutch to mean ‘from to’, VANTOT focuses on the entire process, starting with a technique and ending with the product. The pair, Sam & Esther, strives to find new applications for innovations in everyday life, and it’s not only new-found technologies which have seized their interest. Serving as a guiding light in the duo’s work, antiquated techniques are put to good use in modern day outlets, mutually benefiting from today’s updated knowledge base. Take electricity. Although light bulbs have been around for centuries, innovations – such as the rise of the LEDs –  have made continuous evolution possible. And today, electronic devices operate on much lower voltages than ever before, significantly decreasing its hazardous aspects. While direct contact with electricity – and light – used to be a no go, recent developments illuminate completely new realms for the old technology.



We have partners where we closely collaborate with for many years. They have all unique expertises and are willing to reset boundaries with us. We aim for long lasting relationships with them, creating knowledge and new opportunities together. You can think of the craftsman we work with while blowing the glass and the technicians of the innovative research centre for applying solar panels. This way we can stay a small organisation, with a big impact and flexible team to work with.  This way we always aim for the best possible team for the design.

Next to that we have partners that believe in us and our work. They adopt the work or we develop new work together with them. Currently there are several brands who produce and promote our work world wide.


As mentioned before we imagine our team not to be big. We would like to surround us with expertise. Anyhow we wouldn’t be where we are without our team. We are constantly surrounded by a product developer and sales strategist. Next to that we have every half year two internship positions available.


Lighting design
Indoor lighting
Outdoor lighting
Light installations
Product design
Create poetry
Spatial design (interior)
Research in crafts techniques
Research in high-tech & innovative techniques
Light experiences
Solar integration



From Wageningen, Esther Jongsma met Breda-born Sam van Gurp while studying in Eindhoven. After graduation, Jongsma and van Gurp fused their shared interests together, co-founding a workshop in 2015 in Eindhoven’s industrial district-turned-creative breeding ground, Sectie C. Working under the moniker Vantot, the duo conceives projects inspired by industrial processes and technical developments, while making sure to ground the creations with a dose of humanised innovation. Electricity is a prevalent fixture in Jongsma and van Gurp’s designs, and aligns with the pair’s belief that the role of a designer is to connect past and present craftsmanship as well as different industries.


Bachelor in Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, 2014

Socratic Dialogue, 2017
Basis Didactische Bevoegdheid, 2017
Basis Kwalificatie Examinering, 2017


Winner – Design Intelligence Award, 2023
Nominee – Dezeen, Shortlisted Lighting Design, 2023
Winner – Dezeen, Emerging Designer of the Year, Envisions 2018
Nominee – New Material Awards, Envisions 2018
Winner – Wild Card Design District, 2017
Nominee – Creative Heroes Award, Envisions 2017
Nominee – Dutch Design Award, Best Design Research, Envisions 2017
Nominee – Keep an Eye Grant, Envisions 2017
Nominee – Pure Talent Contest, 2014
Nominee – Keep an Eye Grand, best project, 2013
Nominee – Milkyway price, best talent, 2013


Solo expositie, Club C, Sectie C during Dutch Design Week, 2021
Solo expositie, Kazerne Gallery Eindhoven, 2021
Dutch Design Week, 2012 t/m 2021
Londen Design Week, 2017, 2018
Dubai Design Week, 2018
Design District, 2017
Designkwartier, 2017
Solo expositie Milaan, 2017
IDS Vancouver, 2016
Starthing Something Beijing, 2013


Designwanted 2021  – Leds are stealing the spotlight thanks to Dutch Design duo VANTOT

1st dibs 2021 – This Dutch Design Studio Is Showing Off LEDs in a Whole New Light

Metropolismag 2018 – Design Duo Vantot Wants to Reinvent How We Use LEDs


Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Municipality of Eindhoven
Paleis ‘t Loo
Crown hotel
Hyatt hotel
H&H Porcurement LLC
Momo Designgroup
Coronado Interiors
DCW Editions
Eikelenboom BV

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