Prioritizing timeless design above trends and man-made above machine-made; design company Kinta breathes longevity.
Kinta is from the Netherlands and has been around for more than 25 years. The company revolves around the fair trade principles: transparency, respect and dialogue. They bring a collection of interior products which they expand slowly but steadily.
The company was founded by Frans Noordhuis and after some years he was joined by his wife Nicoline Wrisberg. Overseeing production and searching new production facilities is Frans’ job, and Nicoline takes the design on her. As she comes from Denmark, minimal Scandinavian aesthetics naturally find their way in the designs.
For Kinta, working with natural or leftover materials is important. They make sure that the sourced materials are sustainable and sufficiently available in the local area.
The ceramics we stock at Restored are made in an old pottery which has been owned by one family for eight generations. The pottery employs forty people and is located in Bat Trang, Vietnam. The clay is sourced locally and the food-safe glazings are made from local resources as well. They’re baked at a high temperature making them dishwasher safe and microwave safe.
The technique used for Kinta's pottery is slip casting. Liquified clay, this is called slip, is poured into a plaster mould. Water from the slip is absorbed into the mould leaving a layer of clay covering the surface and taking the shape of the mould. The leftover slip is then poured out of the mould. After that the mould is split open and the moulded object (the coffee cup, coffee mug or teapot) is removed.
A subtle detail that we love about the Kinta cups and mugs is the narrow glazed rim on the top. It’s such a subtle detail: adding another texture rather than another color. A nod to Scandinavian design: functionality, simplicity and clean lines.
Kinta’s wooden items are made from acacia; a tree that is abundantly available in the Philippines. For every tree that is felled, a new one is planted. The production is done by a family company. Every piece is hand-turned and thus varies slightly.
We love the warm and inviting appeal of wood. Kinta keeps the designs simple and gives space to the organic character of the material. It pairs wonderfully with their ceramics.
It’s Kinta’s aim to build strong partnerships. They deliberately choose to work without a middleman and directly with local suppliers and producers. Kinta invests a lot of time and energy in the search for good partners. Once they start working together, Kinta aims to make the collaboration last long.
The designs are developed and produced in a collaborative effort. The local craftsmen learn from Kinta’s knowledge when it comes to production facilities and practicalities, and Kinta learns from the knowledge on materials and techniques.
Everyone works for a fair wage and under good working conditions. This is very important to Kinta, and they keep a close eye to make sure this is complied. Kinta offers training and advice and visits the producers a few times a year to maintain the partnership.
What we appreciate in Kinta is their focus on the long-term. They aim to look beyond trends and bring products that will stand the test of time. The designs are straightforward and produced in simple color palettes.
For longevity in design, you have to keep it simple. And that’s exactly what Kinta does.
Kinta keeps its collections affordable and accessible for a large audience – they make it easy to choose for the sustainable option.
Choosing Kinta means not having to sacrifice on ethics nor on aesthetics. A good choice, if you’d ask us.
Photography by Jet Sennema