Christien Starkenburg is an interior designer and founder of SlowWood. She believes in a slow life, which she applies both in her work and in her life. 'Slow' stands for an attentive and pure process that is in line with Christien's way of life and design method. Attentive, analogous and open are important aspects that form the basis for every SlowWood design.

Her desire and inspiration are fueled by the harmony of nature, the manifestation of the complementary forces of Yin and Yang. The energy of everything, the Chi. Just as people have souls, so do materials; the materials resonate within you. Natural materials in your home make you feel good and at ease; the Chi of nature is wrapped in the pure material. Organic materials are simple, uncomplicated, free from adornment or display. They create calm and stillness, joy, comfort and reassurance. They keep you connected and grounded in our competitive, overstimulated material world.

She calls the table a shared space, the only analogous place in the house, the place where you are together with others, where you make memories, dine endlessly, share joy and sorrow, make crafts with your children, dance on it with your best friends. friends. This is the place where stories unfold.

On January 1, 2024, Christien Starkenburg transferred the SlowWood brand to Gjalt and Annelies Pilat of Pilat&Pilat Produkties from Twijzel. Although the collections each have their own signature and handwriting, there are also some similarities. Both work with solid wood and the designs are characterized by simplicity and archetypal shapes, honest craftsmanship made by professionals, they are products that will last a lifetime.
SLOWWOOD, Timeless Craft and Sustainable Harmony
Product locatiON SlowWood
Located in the heart of forested Bosnia, our production site sources its wood from the region's lush forests. With an abundance of trees and private orchards gracing the landscape, the company prefers to source its timber from small businesses and individual landowners. Known for its superior quality, the wood harvested through these channels is prized for short supply chains, ensuring sustainability and supporting local communities.

For the people of Bosnia, their orchards serve not only as sources of fruit; they represent a sustainable livelihood, often providing a reliable source of income during the winter months. After years of tending nut and cherry trees, families find solace in the proceeds from the sale of mature trees, providing financial stability for the coming season. The tradition of stewardship is passed down from generation to generation, with the younger members of families diligently planting new trees and caring for their growth, securing a legacy of sustainability for years to come.