We’re longtime admirers of Woodchuck, a small studio in the Netherlands that produces minimalist, artful handcrafted wood furniture—so much so that when we wrote about the brand (see that story here), we asked its founders, Tinta and Rutger Luhrman, if they would be interested in a home tour for this site. Tinta graciously declined back then, saying that their house wasn’t quite photo-ready yet.
That was three years ago. Recently, we reached out again—and this time they agreed, though Tinta was quick to clarify, “Our home is still not ready, but that will never be, I think.” But therein lies the charm of their home. The couple (she’s an interior designer and he’s a self-taught carpenter) are constantly designing and building new products for Woodchuck, and their home has become their laboratory, a space to experiment and try new things and switch things up. (Tinta’s loyal Instagram followers are familiar with the frequent moving-around of furniture and art in their home.)
This fearlessness is what led them to start Woodchuck in the first place. “We came up with the idea on our way to Paris on the train,” recalls Tinta. “We decided to put all our savings into our first product, the Aki. We couldn’t afford a sanding machine at the time, so we sanded everything by hand. We made 300 Akis and sold out in two months. Then we bought a sanding machine, and after that, Woodchuck was a fact! We never had a plan really; we just started. We still follow our hearts in everything we do. Sometimes we fail, but that’s okay.”
As far as we’re concerned, their lovely, work-in-progress home, in the small town of Monster (near the Hague), is error-free. Join us for a tour.