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Maria Hees

30 jaar vormgeven / 30 years of design

Lotte Menkman, Joep Sterman, Threes Moolhuysen-Coenders and Maria Hees


Maria Hees

30 jaar vormgeven / 30 years of design

Lotte Menkman, Joep Sterman, Threes Moolhuysen-Coenders and Maria Hees


Design / Fashion



Graphic designer

Marlous Bervoets

Number of pages


Book size

21.5 x 21.5



Date of release: March 2010

Including the DVD by Ivonne Zijp, Peter Krijnen and Anand Mahabier

English / Dutch

This publication is supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

In 2009, Maria Hees was celebrating her 30th anniversary as a handbag and jewellery designer. The publication Maria Hees 30 years of design will present some of her latest collections as well as designs from the last thirty years. Maria Hees has been an independent designer since 1979, specializing in utensils and objects, such as handbags and jewellery.

Her handbag designs are characterised by the use of highly diverse materials such as wood, metal and fish leather, as well as particular methods, for instance, water jet cutting and padding. Her new collection is an interpretation of the smock technique through the use of rivets. In Maria Hees' designs, techniques often give rise to the form: The exterior of the handbag is as important as the interior. The bag needs to be primarily functional inside, yet remain pleasing to the eye.

In 1979, Maria Hees (Bergeijk, 1948) graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts Arnhem, having specialized in Metal and Plastics Design. Her work has been displayed at various (inter) national museums (MoMa New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and sold through many galleries (Galerie Marzee Nijmegen, Leley Graze London, Galerie Hilde Metz, Antwerp).

Maria Hees' handbags are designed and manufactured in-house and are produced in limited numbers.

Exhibition Maria Hees, Coda Apeldoorn February 13 - May 30 2010

From February 13th til May 30th, the museum CODA in Apeldoorn will present a solo exhibition of the work of Maria Hees: small objects, jewellery, bags and lamps. For more information: Coda Apeldoorn