ABOUT

 
 

Sikko Valk MSc,

Award-winning Dutch industrial designer, currently based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, working as independent industrial designer & consultant, as well as creating products for his collections & design-label SIGU®.

Graduated 'cum laude' MSc in 2009, at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

His portfolio features a broad spectrum of 'products': from high-end consumer products, interiors, furniture design, maritime vessels, vehicles, to fast moving consumer goods, and professional products.

Convinced that unique combinations, the-never-before-seen, and innovative insights are found at the intersection of intrinsic interests, different fields and expertises, he works cross-disciplinary, gaining new insights while honing and extending his skill-set.

With a specific eye towards powerful concepts:

STORY driven, PURE in form, CLEAR in image, and LAYERED in meaning.

He works on designing his own collections of products and items, and collaborates with like-minded companies & professionals, to design beautiful & impact-full products, items & experiences.

 
 
 

Sikko's design-mindedness in a nutshell:

Admiring simplicity
Intrigued by contrasts
Inspired by craftsmanship
Driven by making a difference
Striving for the never before seen
Creating meaningful experiences
Passionate about aesthetics
Focusing on character
Pursuing timelessness
Believing in quality
Building worlds

 
 

SIGU® / design by sikko valk

SIGU® is the design studio & label founded by industrial designer Sikko Valk, where he works by his design manifesto and goal, regardless of the subject;

'TO CREATE TIMELESS HEIRLOOMS'

 
 
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DESIGN MANIFESTO

To strive towards his mission in his work, he designs according to a particular set of carefully constructed principles, values, ambitions, and signature style, defined in his 'Design Manifesto'. They are refined and expanded upon over time & experience, ultimately to create a formula that guarantees quality, meaning, iconicity & integrity. Excerpts of this design-philosophy can be found in sections below and throughout this website.

 
 

MISSION

I WANT TO CREATE TIMELESS HEIRLOOMS;
PIECES THAT PEOPLE PASS ON
TO FUTURE GENERATIONS
— Sikko Valk
 

TIMELESS

+ Pieces that stand the test of time.

+ Pieces that retain their quality in beauty, character, power, balance, meaning.

+ Pieces that age gracefully or grow in character.

+ Pieces that may become iconic.

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HEIRLOOMS

+ Pieces that are valued & cherished.

+ Pieces that are never thrown away.

+ Pieces that will be passed on to future generations.

TO ACHIEVE

 

+ Quality over quantity.

+ Stepping away from thoughtless consumerism.

+ A law of equal exchange between used earthly resources & energy,
and newly created, maintained or preserved value & meaning in an object.

+ Importance of intrinsically selecting your personal items/environment/space/collection with thought & care.

+ Re-valuing / re-appreciation of design-, material-, manufacturing-, craftsmanship heritage & genuine quality.

+ Conveying stories subliminally or explicitly.

+ To be inspired and to hopefully inspire.

 

 
 

DESIGN REQUISITES

 

TO CREATE

+ Layered & story-driven designs,

+ Powerful in essential purity & contrasts,

+ With thought & care for intriguing detailing,

+ Beautiful & balanced, in form & premium materialisation,

+ Grounded in functionality, 

+ Timeless heirlooms.

Intrinsic
Meaningful
Purposeful
Beautiful
Timeless
Qualitative
Pure
DESIGN
— Sikko Valk
 

 

Commercial Work

 

In his commercial work he focuses on consulting, and/or creating, powerful designs that:

+ communicate a sound and clear conceptual (brand) message,
layered in object elements and premium, durable materialisation.

+ have a fitting perceived brand- or product-character.

+ are instantly recognisable and have a strong presence and impact.

+ contemporary yet timeless in styling.

+ and facilitate intuitive interactions between people and object.

 
 

COLLABORATIONS

 

 

List of organizations & brands Sikko Valk collaborated with as independent designer or design consultant (2015-present):


Design Agency Work

While employed by industrial design agency FLEX/design, formerly known as FLEX/theINNOVATIONLAB.

(2010-2014) FLEX/design formerly known as FLEX/theINNOVATIONLAB

Sikko, together with fellow project members, designed and developed new products, design strategies, and intellectual property for brands, among others the ones listed below. A selection of marketed projects, is summarized in the porfolio section of this website.