She has a “sunny” Dutch surname – Somers. And the name strange to her homeland is Vieki, So her dad wanted it, having read somewhere in the newspaper the story of the violinist Vieki. History has long been forgotten, and the girl Vieki has grown and become a designer to make this world a little better. “In this impossibly chaotic world of things, I would like my work to be something calm, balancing. For some reason, we forgot that design is intuitive and must come from the heart. ” The story of this Dutchwoman is like a fairy tale. From childhood, Wieki was interested in trifles that no one needed: she collected small things, fragments, details of something. Built rafts to float on them. And at eighteen I found out that there is such a profession as a designer and that you can learn from it.
Immediately after graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, she received several orders from the large industrial design company Droog Design. True, the graduate for a long time could not realize that her children’s “solar” hobby – creating objects – could become a profitable profession. Therefore, improving the world of things during the day, in the evenings, Somers worked part time for a dating agency and in a bookstore. At the age of 23, along with a colleague and fellow student Dylan Van den Berg, she opened a studio, which was named Wieki – Studio Wieki Somers.
The name brought good luck: the work of designers now in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Pompidou Center and New York Museum of Modern Art. Last fall, Vieki became the best designer of the year in Holland, and in the spring in Paris her personal exhibition Frozen in time took place in the prestigious Galerie Kreo, which launched design stars such as the Burullek brothers and Mark Newson into orbit. Then – a furniture showroom in Milan and an exhibition in Belgium. All the things that a 33-year-old Dutchwoman creates are functional. “What is functionality? That which touches our senses and satisfies our physical needs. It means much more to me than just an ergonomic chair. ” One of her most famous works is a wooden bath-boat, “in which you have a very real feeling that you are floating on the water.”
All items – vases, lamps, tables, chairs – can be used, but their original essence, according to Vieka. in the “silent presence in the room.” Everything inspires her: butterflies, flowers, tree branches, any natural phenomena. So, having stumbled upon the Icebook once at a flea market, she found out about one March day in 1987, when Holland turned into a “frozen beauty”.