Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Going Dutch

Last week Julian and I accompanied a group of interior designers from Edinburgh and Glasgow to visit the Montis furniture factory in the Netherlands. The two day trip combined a factory tour to learn about the manufacture of Montis products along with a bit of sightseeing.
We arrived early evening and after a pleasant walk through the pretty streets of Amsterdam the first port of call was a visit to one of the oldest bars in the city which is housed in a 15th century sailor’s lodgings. We were then treated to a spot of dinner consisting of a variety of Dutch specialities.

Drinks in ‘Int Aepjen’ – the oldest bar in the city

The following morning we travelled south to Dongen to the Montis factory where we were given a tour of the manufacturing process. This was very interesting; particularly the foam moulding technique which enables them to create an endless possibility of shapes. We were then given the opportunity to browse the showroom; allowing us to try the products and see them in various finishes and room settings.

The production of a Loge chair – foam moulding, upholstery and the finished product ready to be sent to the customer

After a brief stop in Rotterdam it was back to the airport. Melvin Herbschleb (the sales manager from Montis) was a fantastic host and everybody agreed that the trip was very inspiring. We all left with a fresh appreciation of the quality of Dutch design and workmanship.

Making ourselves comfortable in the Montis showroom!

By Joanne Golden