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Turn Your Genetic Profile Into Jewelry, Furniture and Home Accessories.

Call it a literal expression of life. Or just a very unique way to create an object that reflects your genetic makeup. Whatever you choose to call it, the customized products designed by Dutch DNA and created by by Frank Tjepkema's Design House Tjep., make the world's most personal gifts.

Dutch DNA has a creative process that samples a person’s life-code using a DNA profiling test and, through the language of design, plots the distinguishing genetic characteristics on a visual design map. Based on a unique design process, the beautiful and elegant forms which capture the eloquent expression of life, are then modeled into a specific item (furniture, jewelry or objects) before being handcrafted in the Netherlands and shipped to its destination.

The DNA patterns used to form designs can be anyone’s. Just like nature, combinations can also be used to create a unique articulation of a couple’s love or a family’s remembrance. “I see two lovers creating unique artefacts for their shared home that is truly a conjoint reflection of both individuals,” notes Frank Tjepkema.

The first display pieces were made from Giulia Wolthuis’s DNA. Giulia  is a Dutch contemporary dance performer and model, and daughter of Eric Wolthuis, the founder of Dutch DNA.

The first collection was made from Giulia’s life pattern. To capture and express Giulia’s life, Dutch DNA sampled her life code and through the language of design translates Giulia’s distinguishing genetic characteristics into visual forms, such as the four pieces shown below.

Jewelry Designs from mapping Guilia's DNA:

In the collection are two types of designs. One is based on abstract forms, where each genetic map itself if the defining source of inspiration. The second combines the genetic maps with symbolic forms. The symbolic pieces are more constrained and the design incorporates the genetic characteristics into patterns that are used to modify existing forms, such as the Shifting Hearts. Both types of pieces create beautifully expressive designs; the preference of choice is purely a personal decision.

Each piece in this exquisite collection expresses the genetic uniqueness of its creator. Custom designed by acclaimed design house Tjep. and handcrafted by artisans from the finest materials, every item is a true work of art.

The Collection:

Flow Rings:

Bloom Rings:

Blossom bracelet:

Reflection pins:

Double Love Heart Pendant:

Shifting Heart Pendants:

Silverline Heart Pendants:

The Darwin table is crafted through precision 3D milling and hand-finished in the Netherlands by the same artisans that create Joris Laarman’s furniture. Eric Wolthuis initiated the investigation into how genetic patterns could augment design. “I first looked at jewelry, which is very personal, but knew there was more. Furniture is a natural extension of our desire to create original and personal habitats; what is more personal than modeling your home through your own DNA?”

Dutch DNA Darwin Coffee Table:


Shifting Heart:

Porcelain Heart:

Helix sculpture:

To commission your own personal expression of life, review the collection and then contact Dutch DNA to arrange the first step in the creation process - DNA profiling.
Dutch DNA also undertakes tailored commissions for items not listed in this collection. Contact them to request more information.

• Tjep.
Tjep. are an acclaimed design house who fuse together peerless design with accomplished expertise in the latest production techniques. Internationally, Tjep. is recognized for their award-winning product, interior, architecture, furniture and jewelry design. Their iconoclastic work is defined by strong design concepts, beautiful aesthetics and great functionality.

• Tjalling Wolthuis
Founded in 1933, Tjalling Wolthuis is a fourth generation, family-owned business with a heritage as specialist art dealers in 17th century jewelry and silverware. The company ran a selection of jewelry stores until the late 1980’s, and now produces commemorative jewelry. As the production partner to Dutch DNA, their expertise guarantees the highest quality materials, methods and artisans are engaged in the fabrication of each piece.

• BaseClear
BaseClear is an independent and accredited service laboratory for DNA-based research. The leading laboratory in the Netherlands, they provide the fast and secure DNA profiling required for the initiation of each Dutch DNA project.

Eric, who has commissioned designs based on his daughter’s, his wife’s and his own genetic patterns, states “Seeing yourself and your family visualized in this way is very powerful, it’s a deeply emotional way of embodying everything that they represent to you.”

Dutch DNA
Breitnerlaan 6
3735 LW Bosch en Duin
The Netherlands

Silverball: Re-Purposed Vintage Pinball Machines As Furniture And Home Decor

Furniture maker Michael Maxwell of Virginia is the man behind Silverball, a company which re-purposes vintage pinball machines as coffee tables, side tables, bars, consoles, wall mirrors and more. Using the back glasses and playing fields from old pinball machines, and combining them with his woodworking and crafting skills, he creates one of a kind collectibles.

Qubis - Amy Whitworth's Modern Doll Houses That Double As Furniture.

Wooden modular furniture that functions as dollhouses are the hallmark of Qubis design. The QUBIS HAUS, C Shape Qubis, S Shape Qubis, Qubis Box Haus, Qubis Haus Walls, Qubis Magnetic Oak Furniture and Qubis Magnetic Oak People are new products by Amy Whitworth Design.

The Qubis Haus Coffee table, C-Shape and S- Shape Side tables and Chair are made in solid birch ply wood and have clean modern lines making them beautiful pieces of living room furniture as well as a center for children to play. All are handmade in the UK.

QUBIS HAUS, the first design by Whitworth, was one of the winners of the Boost product design competition, a platform for new design talent and a collaboration between the Observer, the Southbank Centre and Cockpit Arts.

above: Amy Whitworth with some of her Qubis products at Boost.

The magentic toy furniture and people are hand crafted in Wales. The oak blocks have a woody aesthetic, with the knots and imperfections of oak left in to emphasise the authentic feel and character of a natural material.

QUBIS produces transformational contemporary designs that invite play.

QUBIS HAUS - Coffee Table and Dolls House In One

Dual Purpose Dolls House & Coffee Table
A stunning Coffee Table that with the simple addition of sliding walls turns into a Modernist Dolls House.

Comes complete with a selection of Sliding walls and stairs to complete the dolls house. (The table grooves also take an Ipad - please see images of 's' side table as example)

Currently on sale through Southbank Centre, London at a launch price of £400.
Ordinarily offered at £495.00


This sleek single level table can be a Coffee Table or with the addition of sliding walls - you can turn it into a Doll's House. The house is set on Metal legs.


This style of Qubis table & dolls house can be used as a side table in either the living room or the bedroom. You can order various leg options. It comes with stairs and sliding wall panels.


A 'c' shaped side table that has a slot cut in the top that allows for a personalised chair back. Any name can be engraved or cut out to order - either of your child or a company logo. Various legs styles available - shown here are metal box legs & casters.


The Dual purpose coffee table and dolls house comes in various sizes. This is a neat 's' shaped table that can be used as a side table, small coffee table or a bedside table. This also has grooves in which an iPad can be placed.

500mm wide x 400mm deep x 420mm high.


A handmade plywood box with a magnetic lid that is used to store the Qubis Magnetic Furniture - yet once opened, the interior is a one room dolls house - the box handles are windows and the lid a garden. A selection of Oak blocks comes with it to make a living room.

Also available are walls that slide into the QUBIS HAUS to form designer rooms, they also click together on their own to make a room for the furniture whenever you are.

A Net and Ball design from the Southbank Centre in London, a series of walls by designer Ella Doran (butterflies, leaves and flowers), Plywood engraved walls and Blackboard walls which come with chalk.


Magnetic Oak Blocks that click together to make a Dolls House living room scene; a sofa, chairs, coffee table, side board .. or you can snap them together to make a creation of your own.

Living room:




The Qubis Magnetic People come in a set of 2. The come in a variety of vibrant colours and can be split into 3 sections allowing you to play with how they are made up. You can also use with the magnetic block furniture to create different sculptural people as seen in the images. The cute little wooden people come in a cotton draw string bag.

Shop the Qubis products here

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