Mariska Meijers is the founder and creative director of Mariska Meijers Amsterdam, a luxury lifestyle brand. With no formal art or design education she launched her brand in 2006. Her unique and highly distinctive collections include original artworks (oil on canvas), screen prints, paper goods, and a décor range including pillows, lampshades, and form pressed trays & tables.
May 2012 saw the opening of the Mariska Meijers flagship store. This vibrant and ultra-chic boutique is located on the Singel canal bank in the trendy ‘9 Streets’ district. Housed in a 17th century building it encapsulates the eclectic energy and creative soul of the area as well as the artist herself. The shop spills over with Mariska Meijers’ own collections as well as a range of hand-selected vintage and designs pieces that are also for sale. Mariska’s bright and vibrant designs continue to seduce local as well as international clients. Her collections are sold in more then 15 countries around the world, including the legendary Nieman Marcus and Barneys in the US. Exhibitions in Miami, Singapore and Europe and her product designs have attracted attention from local as well as international media, including Homes and Gardens UK, GLAMOUR, ELLE Decor.
“I don’t believe in minimalism. There are no rules when it comes to mixing styles and colours. A house should give you a happy and warm feeling. With this in mind I create my paintings and my products.” – Mariska on her design philosophy. Love! Take it away, Mariska!
1.Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Juliette Binoche. I love her often eccentric characters, especially in Chocolat. She is such an independent spirit. I can also really associate with her philosophy of life: “I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don’t deny the past, but it’s a page to turn.”
2. I wish I could…
fly of course but not like a bird, more like provocative Tinker Bell.
3.My first style memory is…
Dragging a vintage lamp (twice my size) home that I found on the street.
4.I could not live with out my….
Bicycle. Besides being environmental friendly, living in Amsterdam it is the ultimate way to get around and I feel so free and closely connected to my city when cycling.
5.I could live without.. skeptical people. I am an optimist, a solution seeker, I see opportunities in virtually everything!
Pick a photo or décor objet, or piece of clothing that defines your style:
This picture of my living space was taken last year by Henny van Belkom. It captures my quirky but overall warm personal style. I choose pieces with my heart and soul, not so much my brains. My interior evolves continuously (the walls are now charcaol), but there are key pieces I will never part with because I am emotionally attached to them like my collection of art and vintage furniture. For Your Style I'd Walk a Mile : Tags: mariska meijers