Furniture with a Story
At Houthaven all of our designs are inspired by our favorite material, reclaimed wood. Our sources vary from mooring posts from the Rotterdam harbor, old gym floors with their painted stripes, or oak that has been previously used in waterways or in freight trains. Each material has its own history, identity, and natural beauty. Our work is handmade locally by us, designers and craftspeople, using responsibly sourced materials.
Sustainability is our second priority.
Our first priority is making great products from gorgeous materials, and for us it's a satisfying bonus that we also get to work as sustainably as possible.
Materials sourced locally
We only work with materials that are available nearby to us, meaning the ecological footprint of our products is small and our products truly local.
Designed and made by the designers
We are a small company and often design directly on the workbench, meaning we can move quickly from idea to production.
We love working with wood.
Houthaven Design grew out of a love of working with gorgeous materials. We love the look of aged wood, each piece of which has its own story to tell.
Handmade locally in small batches
We manufacture our products locally, so you know exactly who made your product, and where. Our workshop is located in Utrecht, in the heart of the Netherlands.
We love meeting our (future) customers
Some things you need to touch before you can buy them. For that reason we encourage you to visit us in our workshop if you have the chance.
Some of our latest work
FROM THE DESIGN DESK
Important events and what we are working on
Green Stories is a wonderful little shop in Malmö, and starting today Houthaven products are for sale there! Green Stories is run by and for designers and offers Fair Trade, local, organic, and/or upcycled products, so our furniture fits right in. We have a selection of products on sale there, but it’s also a lovely place to … Read More
The grand opening of Greenhouse, one of Sweden’s most sustainable building projects, will take place September 8th. Since it’s also the home of Houthaven Design in Sweden, we will be there to show our products and take part! The program runs from 14:00-19:00 and is filled with activities. Come visit us at the location of the … Read More
Welcome to our new site! Please excuse the rough edges, but we’ll be working to fix those as soon as possible. We will also be adding Dutch and Swedish translations in the future. Feel free to get in touch with your comments or questions, and let us know what you think!
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
“Your Rotterdam mooring post lamp is still an icon in my living room! Its powerful presence harmonizes well with the inland harbor I look out upon. The lamp makes my house what it is, a warm and cozy place to come home to.”Syb T.
“Throughout most of our adult lives we’ve made do with funky castoffs from secondhand shops and hand-me-downs from relatives. When it finally came time to invest in a proper coffee table, we turned to Erika and Stephen. They quickly assessed our needs and budget. Taking into account the limited dimensions of our tiny Dutch apartment, they assembled a fantastic, custom table made from repurposed materials. Made to stand the test of time and the occasional coffee spill, it is practical, gorgeous and one of a kind.”Marie D.