Of German origin; Ulrike Jurklies first finished an apprenticeship in furniture making before studying industrial design in Munich. During her studies and after her graduation she worked in Hong Kong. Here she decided to start her own brand and founded the label mo man tai in 2000. In 2004 she moved to the Netherlands where the company is now located.
Next to designing her own products studio mo man tai also offers design services to third parties, focusing on creative collaboration, sustainability and (re-)use of innovative materials and processes. And, since 2014, she has annually (co-)designed an installation for visitors of Dutch Design Week.
The clear, uncomplicated, colourful aesthetics and the combination of old traditions with modern production techniques form the basis for timeless design and pleasure of use. Most of the mo man tai products leave the finishing touch to the customer. The brief DIY experience results in an individual mo man tai product he/she appreciates even more. The products are sold through a variety of stores in the Netherlands and other parts of the world.
Local sources and suppliers are essential – short communication ways and nearby production sites guarantee a consistent high quality. All of the products are made in the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany. – Pride in care for the environment by using leftovers of industrial production and recyclable materials has been the red thread from the beginning.
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