Let people enjoy every space. That is our goal.

What we do is versatile interior projects, an interior collection, brand strategy development to blogging. Above all, we are concept creators. A strong idea is the starting point for any project.

Nathalie Fransen

Founder | Managing Director

What is your role within Design Studio Nu?
My role is difficult to summarize in a few words. I’m sort of jack of all trades. In practice this means that I organize many things in various fields. Therefore no day is the same: sending the orders, administrate, brainstorming with Tessa for projects to creating a blog post.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Perhaps influenced by my background as a social psychologist, I think the social media part is fun to do. Coming into contact with people all over the world really appeals to me. I also get lots of energy from the flow that Tessa and I have when we work together on projects. We have little words to understand each other and complement each other perfectly.

What plans do you have for Design Studio Nu?
Every year we take a break to close us off from the daily chaos. Then Tessa and I look back on the things we have done and we look forward. In the short term will we create a studio at home for me. And Tessa recently bought  a number of buildings with her husband. They will turn those into inspiring workplaces. There are many opportunities there for Design Studio Nu and we will explore those further.

Tessa Weerdenburg

Founder | Creative Director

What is your role within Design Studio Nu?
I supervise the projects. For that I listen carefully to the customer to find out what their needs are. Then I create a creative solution that is both beautiful and functional. I am the contact for the clients and support them in the steps required to bring the design to realization.

How do you get a new idea or concept for a project or product? What is your creative process?
An idea for a product is often a result from our needs and is something that arises from the many conversations Nathalie and I have. Sometimes we are looking for a good solution for a while for our own house but we can not find it. By designing itself and developing it we create a product that not only meets our needs but also those of others.

What inspires you in your work?
In my work I meet nice people who entrust us with their home or office. We are part of the big changes in their lives and the joy it brings when the results become visible. The way people live and work is an inspiration. Sometimes minor modifications will let a space feel a totally different. Even those little things are particularly inspiring.

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The story behind Design Studio Nu

The origins of Design Studio Nu

Tessa Weerdenburg graduated in 2005 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and started Nu interieur|ontwerp. In 2008 Nathalie Fransen, originally a psychologist, joined the company. The combination of their expertise provides special designs in which beauty and functionality go hand in hand. In 2016, they choose a new name: Design Studio Nu. An international name that reflects the versatility of their studio.

And how it developed over time

Design Studio Nu started with designing and creating interiors for both the private and business market. They started a small interior collection in which the leather handles are the best known. More and more clients were able to find them with various assignments. What Tessa and Nathalie do is versatile: interior projects, an interior collection, brand strategy development to blogging. A strong idea is the starting point for any project.


Press

Press

The designs of Design Studio Nu been published in various magazines, books and websites. Also, the leather grips Handle and Grip have been used in various Dutch television programs.

  • Article about Design Studio Nu in Vtwonen blogazine
  • Leather handles Handle en Grip in Dutch magazines such as VTwonen, Ariadne at Home, 101 woonideeën, Libelle en Flair.
  • Leather handles Handle en Grip in German magazine Couch, Elle Decoration UK and Norwegian magazine Kamille.
  • Leather handles Handle en Grip in television program Vtwonen, weer verliefd op je huis and Eigen Huis en Tuin.
  • Leather handles on various blogs such as April & May, Vosgesparis, MyDubio, Seb and Ollie’s haus.
  • Children’s rooms in Mini Woonboek of Woonblog
  • Living rooms in Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben
  • Cottage in Dutch magazine Flair, German magazine Wohnidee and Norwegian magazine Kamille
  • Article about Design Studio Nu in Dutch magazines 101 woonideeën and Margriet Wonen

Press inquiries

For high resolution pictures and interview requests you can contact Nathalie via nathalie@designstudionu.nl.