During the Dutch Design Week, Gijs Kuijpers and artist Jordie Rovers will hold an exhibition together at the Plan B industrial estate in Eindhoven. This year’s exhibition is centered around ‘ breathing in new life.’ He has renovated parts of furniture he got from second-hand stores and landfill sites. Sections of the furniture have been replaced by shiny replacements, made from aluminium, for example. “People don’t see how much work was put into these when they were first made,” the designer says. By giving the furniture new textures and by replacing parts, they want to do away with the image of ‘old, brown furniture’ and show the true value of craftsmanship. Once in a while he is told that people wouldn’t want to buy his work. But he doesn’t mind. In his view, his work is not for everyone.