A Definitive guide to Scandi-Minimalism by Tinta Luhrman and Woodchuck
In the midst of all the clutter in our lives, we’re all craving for a little bit of breathing space. It therefore comes as no surprise, that we busybody Londoners, immediately gravitated towards the beautiful minimalist creations of Woodchuck.
Founded by husband and wife duo Rutger and Tinta Luhrman, and inspired by they're lovely daughter Dieuwertje, Woodchuck is a design studio that celebrates all the slow, quiet, and simple things in life — and we’re all for it. So if you’re looking for a little bit of calm, then why not explore Tinta Luhrman’s visual diary of the Netherlands?
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your creative passion. What is Woodchuck all about?
My name is Tinta Luhrman and I love to create. It’s something that has been passed down through my family. My grandfather was an architect and my mother has always had an eye for design. I guess it rubbed off on me.
With Woodchuck, we try to combine design and functionality. We do what we love everyday, and have no one to answer to but ourselves. We put in more hours than if we were working full-time, but I guess that’s what you do as an entrepreneur.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I would describe our aesthetic as clean, minimal, warm, and functional. Most of the time, our products come from a need in our own household. AKI for instance, was created because we needed a step for our daughter. Our designs always have to feel right, and Rutger and I would never make something that doesn’t meet this criteria.
Tell us a little bit about the Netherlands. What do you think makes it special?
We have always lived in the Netherlands. We used to live in The Hague, but in 2015 decided that it was time for us to make the move someplace else. Living in an apartment meant that there were people around us constantly and we weren’t comfortable in that situation anymore, so we moved to a town just south of The Hague. Right on the beachThe best thing about the Netherlands is that everything is close by. Three hours driving north to south and two hours east to west. However, this also means that there are almost no places where you can be completely immersed in nature. But then again, nature is never more than just a short drive away.
Beyond the usual tourist spots — is there a hidden gem in the Netherlands that you’d like to share with us?
Zuthpen is a quiet town in the east of the Netherlands, and is a lovely hidden gem. It’s surrounded by woods and farmlands. The south of the Limburg Province is also very nice, as well as the area around Maastricht, where I am originally from, as it is filled with hills and lush countryside.
If you were looking to book a local Staycation, what hotel would you book? Where would you go if you’re travelling with your kids?
We usually go on camper trips, but if there was one place that we absolutely loved, it’s Voss Norway, particularly the Voss Lodge. It’s absolutely magical. While we really enjoy the road, and rarely spend more than 2 days in one spot, the Voss Lodge truly ticked all the boxes for us. It just felt like home, even though it was our first time there — and we were so sad to leave. Imagine a contemporary wooden house on a mountainside with a waterfall in your backyard, that overlooks a valley with a lake. There is nothing like sitting in the hot tub by yourself with the snow falling at the Voss Lodge.
You travel all over the world is there a hotel you’ve recently stayed in that has really made a mark?
Recently we stayed in Copenhagen in a Hostel. It had amazing bunk bed rooms, our daughter loved it, and like pretty much everything in Copenhagen, it was very stylish. On the same trip, we visited Malmo and stayed in an apartment that was small but very thought out. Malmo is a very happening place.
Whats your city that you’ve travelled to and why? Could you name either a hotel/bar/restaurant that’s made an impact?
Tokyo! Japan is everything you expect and more. It’s a very intriguing country to say at the least, and while we are not city people at all, Tokyo is so different from everything we are accustomed to. Being insanely crowded, but never in an uncomfortable way.
The Hyatt Park Hotel in Tokyo (the bar and hotel featured in Lost in Translation) left an impact on us. The bar on the 50 something floor has a spectacular view of Tokyo! And we’re going back this year. We will be spending 3 weeks in Japan by Camper!
Interview by Hannah Tan-Gillies