Niek Schoenmakers is a freelance editor, curator and designer in the field of architecture, art and contemporary and classic design. He studied Architecture at the University of Delft and Parsons, The new School, New York. He started collecting design and art at a young age, resulting in interior commissions for private and commercial clients. Along side his work as an architect and material consult, he successfully curated exhibitions for cultural institutions and galleries.
Niek is a collector. He collects the narratives from the objects surrounding him. By doing so, his projects explore and promote the cultural field. Instead of keeping these stories for his personal pleasure, Niek share these stories. Although he works as an interior designer and curator, he thinks of himself foremost as a communicator. He does not start from an academic point of view; instead, his interest is in finding and creating a narrative in objects, art and space. Working with or for the creators, Schoenmakers’s physical or written narratives, explore material, personal origins, history and cultural context.
Niek has a broad network in the international design & art world, spots young talents, advises and helps young designers and organisations with content and exhibitions. More recently he started working for WOTH Magazine (World of Wonder Things) as Editor Contemporary Design, exploring and documenting the high-level designworld.
Baars & Bloemhoff, Amsterdam | Central Government Real Estate Agency, The Hague | De Architect ,The Hague | Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac | Galerie OODE, Amsterdam | Gagosian Gallery, New York | Kwarts & Co, Gulpen | Municipality of Roermond |Residence magazine | Sustainer Homes, Utrecht | Studio Dirk van der Kooij | Studio Mae Engelgeer | vintageplus | WOTH magazine | Zetel Foundation, Amsterdam
Design is my RELIGION is my design (2018) | NOX (2016) | BERLAGE, godfather of design (2016) | Hoe zit dat? (2011)
| Design Icons, Amsterdam | Design Market, Brussels | Dubieus design, Antwerp | Dutch Design week, Eindhoven | La biennale di Venezia, Venice | Salone del Mobile, Milan
Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Delft | Parsons School for constructed environments, New York