Treasured: Henry Holland on his favourite object

The fashion and homeware designer on why he loves his ‘Melting Pot’ table by Dirk van der Kooij

henry holland
Mark Cocksedge

My husband David and I didn’t have a dining table for almost two years. I’m an entertainer, but he’s not as sociable. All of our friends know what he’s like, so it’s become a long-standing joke.

All of a sudden, we were seeing Dirk van der Kooij’s work everywhere and I thought, ‘Oh my god, this would be amazing’. He makes all his pieces from plastic off-cuts, so the team in the Netherlands sent us a picture of a pile of remnants.

Working on the colour palette with them was a really cool process. There’s lilac, yellow, white, a sort of textured peachy grey, and then a neon pink which was created by melting down those old coloured CD cases from the early 2000s – you can still see the 99 cent price tickets. In places it’s completely transparent. It’s got a real depth to it.

We both have parents that have been collectors or dealers of antiques and the table is kind of the same idea: it’s about taking something that’s going to be thrown out and repurposing it in a different way. When we bought our first house, we had zero money left after the renovation, so it was very much about what we could afford. Now we’re focused on buying fewer things and investing in pieces that we’ll have for a long time.

This is one of the first design pieces that we’ve bought together. We have quite different tastes, but this was one thing we managed to agree on, even though it’s quite a bold piece. We’ve just bought our second house, and I think the table is a signifier that we should start inviting people over for dinner again.

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