Bicycles, a niche within a niche

In 2005 I created a series of Dutch Lowrider bicycles as a take on the California lowriders that were coming on the market. We got some attention from publications and took it to a mainstream Dutch bicycle manufacturer only to leave empty handed. What did we miss? We had created a niche within a niche […]


Since my first exhibition at Gallery Yksi in 1998 I have worked with wood as a material for chairs and tables. It started with  chair for Frank Lloyd Wright called the Prayer Chair- as his father was a minister. Chairs that followed include the ominous ‘çeci n’est pas use chaise’ as well as chaise for […]


  The Autonomous Floating Objects were derived from jellyfish as a utopian vision on the future of ocean going vessels. Sponsor of the project was Damen Shipyards. The A.F.O’s are part of the art project Symposion that was first held in 1973, the exhibit was opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2005. Material […]

Private meeting chair

The nostalgic wicker beach chair, is inspired by the coastline of the Netherlands.  Returning to an unexpected place: the office environment. The Ahrend Kaigan (Kaigan literally means seashore or beach) encloses the user who is looking for temporary privacy. This can be for an informal meeting, but also an important call requiring the highest level […]

Ultimate office desk….

Larger than life, it is a returning element in my work and in hindsight probably at the root of this napkin sketch turned to a design reality. The Jetstream is a classic, aviation inspired desk spaning 2.5 metres. The design was developed with Ahrend who funded the development and the desk was launched at their exhibition during […]

Have your own car designed

Cars used to be built as rolling chassis by renowned companies like Rolls Royce and finished by coach builders. I adopted this approach in creating the modular car. I used a vw chassis with engine and electrical systems and fit a cubist polyurethane body to be shaped and glassed by the owner. The concept was […]

A chair with super powers

Some of the world’s CEO’s also happen to be some of the biggest philanthropists. In 2005 I decided to give them super powers with this floating monolithic office chair I called Chairman! It is built by hand out of welded polished stainless steel and uses an aircsuhion system to keep in suspended just above the […]

Never grow up…. ever

By Alan Chochinov for Core 77. You may recall Marijn’s delightful Chairman and Modular Car from this past year. Now he’s following up with some faster wheels, and a nice mission statement in the glove compartment: The realization of a boyhood dream that brings back the car to it’s true essence. The romance of the technique and the accessibility […]

One off 70’s racer

From Core 77: What comes after Modular Car and Soap Box Racer? Guess they never asked you this back in school but Marijn van der Poll has got the answer: the ‘CM426 merlin‘ (click DRIVE) The car is inspired by the Canadian American Challenge Cup racers of the early seventies. Half car, half sculpture, the […]

The Lebowski

  We are on a mission. To introduce the iconic camping flooding chair into the office of the 21st century. People move around and what better way to have that hort meeting with a colleague than in a steel tubular chair with that typical fabric seat that is held in place by words and springs. […]

Marijn van der Poll founded his multidisciplinary design studio in 2000. His designs have been published in leading magazines such as Wallpaper and Domus. His work has been shown in museums around the world including the Victoria&Albert Museum in London and the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and is part of the collections of amongst others the San Francisco MOMA. TIME magazine voted his design Do hit as a collectable design must have.
In 2010 he was co curator of the internationally renowned Dutch Design Week. He is a permanent faculty member at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He holds a BA in Industrial Design from the Design Academy and a MSc from the University of Nebraska.
He now trains companies in how to harnessing the power of hunches all the way up to transformative concepts, through an individual thinking skill he developed through years of design practice, teaching and research called Conceptual Thinking.


2000 Plan ett, Stockholm 2000 Salone del Mobile, Milan 2000 Kunsthal, Rotterdam 2000 Colette, Paris 2000 Rocket Gallery, Tokyo 2000 AA school of Architecture, London 2001 Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2001 Musée des Arts Décorative Louvre, Paris 2002 Apartment Zero, Washington 2002 Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles 2003 Salone del Mobile, Milan 2003 VIVID, Rotterdam 2003 Seoul Arts Center, Seoul 2003 Salone del Mobile, Milan 2003 Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh 2004 Haus der Kunst, Munich 2004 design zentrum Bremen, Bremen 2005 Gemeentemuseum, The Hague 2005 Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2005 Gorcum’s Museum, Gorinchem 2005 La Polyclinique de la culture, Brussels 2005 Museo Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba Brasil 2006 Grand-Hornu Images, Hainaut 2006 MU, Eindhoven 2006 Museum of Arts and Design, New York City 2006 Contemporary Art Terminal OCT, Shenzhen 2006 East Gallery, Melbourne 2006 Gallery Bund 18, Shanghai 2006 Sydney Opera House, Sydney 2007 TheNewDowse, Lower Hutt, New Zealand 2007 Erasmus Huis, Jakarta 2007 Yong He Art Museum, Beijing 2007 platform 21, Amsterdam 2007 Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta 2007 4141 Design, Miami 2008 Traffic, Dubai 2008 Salone del Mobile, Milan 2009 Designhuis, Eindhoven 2009 Pierre Bergé, Brussels 2010 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo 2010 Dutch Design Week 2011 Design Museum Holon 2011 Do hit in full color at Studio Job House 2011 Yksi expo, Eindhoven Netherlands 2011 YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco 2012 Istanbul Biennial 2012 Dutch Design Week 2013 New Museum, New York 2013 Motorenhalle,Dresden 2013 Yksi, Eindhoven Netherlands 2104 Dutch Design Week 2015 Biennial St Etienne 2015 Temporary Art Centre 2016 Marta Herford 2016 Science Gallery Dublin 2016 Gallery Tutti Cortex 2017 Martin&Lewis, Amsterdam