Tim Derhaag: The Young Gun of Industrial Design
There is just something about this young Dutch designer, who has taken Europe and the rest of the world by storm with his creations.
Born on June 9, 1974 in Geleen, Netherlands, Derhaag liked to draw even as a child. That’s the reason he decided to go to art school when it was time to choose a career path, graduating with a degree in product design from the University of Arts Arnhem in 1997.
He was still in school when his talent caught the eye of English design maestro Jasper Morrison, who picked Derhaag to work on his first project designing a cocktail bar for a hip London restaurant. One of the biggest names in design had given him a project. Was another great design in the making? Derhaag soon proved he was.
After bagging his first project, Derhaag never looked back going on to attend the Royal College of Art London from where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Furniture and Industrial Design. Thereafter followed a period where he worked on several prestigious projects as a freelance designer before moving to home turf.
Derhaag relocated to Amsterdam in 2001 to establish his own design studio called TIMDERHAAG and worked with an enviable list of clientele from the world over on a variety of ambitious design projects.
It was in the summer of 2002 that Tim Derhaag crossed paths with Italian design company FLOS in Bovezzo, Italy and a memorable partnership was formed – a partnership that gave the lighting design world two of its most mesmerizing lamps.
The 45 outdoor lighting collection was unveiled by Derhaag in Milan in 2004 and five years after that in 2009, he presented the Fool Moon wall lamp during Euroluce.
The 2000s were actually the most prolific period for Derhaag where he worked on a series of design projects including a furniture collection for Fractal Building Systems, a showroom for the Antwerp-based fashion agency Blue Fashion Antwerp, office furniture for Ontwerpzaken in Utrecht, design-concept of the "shop in shop" for the fashion label Iceburg Icejeans, and “shop in shop” concept for the lighting company Modular Lighting Instruments. Derhaag also designed a showroom for Modular Lighting Instruments in Zurich and furniture for the fashion label IL´L t-shirts.
It was just a matter of time before awards and recognitions started coming his way including a nomination for the prestigious Compasso D’Oro in 2008. Derhaag’s designed Townhouse Hotel Maastricht won the Best New Hotel Concept in 2009 and Dutch Hotel Award in 2011.