Guest Blog: “My inspiration for the London retro bin…a playful mix of Pop, Surrealism and Low Brow”

artistic imageOur guest blogger this week is designer Joran van der Haar. Here he shares his views on his brand new ‘London’ Retro Bin design, what inspires him as an artist and news of the upcoming exhibition in Enschede.Check out his retro bin design – ‘London’  – on our Facebook Design Tug of War competition here. Next week will be hearing from Gerda Elzenaar who designed I’ve Bin Romantic, the two are going head to head in a Design Tug of War Competition!

Over to Joran to find out more:

“After I was asked to create a design for a new type of Brabantia Retro Bin I didn’t have to think about that question for a long time! I find it very nice that my drawings are not only sold as ‘Art’ in galleries but that they are also used as prints for shawls, ironing boards and now also Retro Bins.

I think these Bins are generally quite impersonal and I now had the chance to have a very different kind of design to make it, a design full of  colours … and where you can keep watching, without that it’s going to get boring.

Many of my designs are created after making trips to Brussels, Ghent and Berlin. Initially I was unsure which design from either Antwerp or London to enter for the new Bin but I selected London because that will probably appeal to more people. A design in which Big Ben, the British pound, the Queen and the Eros statue, weren’t allowed to fail.brabantia retro bin

These images are created from drawings in both pen and ink. This expresses a fondness for black jagged lines, splashes and droplets. Then I scan the drawings and give this colour using a graphics tablet. The way I use linking images makes my artwork strikingly different. My works of art show a kind of playful mix of Pop, Surrealism and Low Brow.

My latest artworks will be exhibited at ‘DREAMSCAPES: MIXED-UP’ on 22 March 2012. At this exhibition I will be showcasing works inspired by city breaks to Berlin, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.”

Joran van der Haar –


Guest Blog: “My inspiration for the London retro bin…a playful mix of Pop, Surrealism and Low Brow” was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by Aime