Minke was born in Utrecht in 1965, The Netherlands. At a
young age she spent her time drawing and making sculptures. Beside this, she
enjoyed her childhood, playing around with all kinds of animals.
Minke went to the School of Arts, Minerva, in Groningen,
and studied in the direction of painting and sculpting. To complete her study's,
she moved to the city of Arnhem. At ArtEZ, School of Arts, she studied Product
Design. In 1991 she finished her study's presenting a cupboard system with the
name 'Vogelkastje', produced till 2002 by Castelijn Collection, The Netherlands.
Also the lamp 'Swing' went into production at Artimeta, Heerlen, The
Soon after, Minke joined a cooperation with furniture
designer Gerard Vollenbrock. They worked very good as a team. Many items went
into production at various company's. They built a pleasant studio together, on
the Greek Island of Serifos.
In 1996 a series of products, designed by Minke, came into
production at Cascando, Westervoort, The Netherlands. These products; with the
names Tango, Cobalt and Za Za were also the first products for this fine company
and are still being produced with care.
Meanwhile, Minke took a side job as a cabin attendant at
KLM, to travel around the world for a year or ten. This part gave her the
biggest insights of working with people of different cultures.
In 1999 Minke moved to Amsterdam for four years; to spend
some time there. During this period she mainly worked for the huge project in
Almere, Atelier Ijmeer in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After this project was
mainly finished Minke moved back to Arnhem to focus on her own design projects.
From 2002 Minke went to Guangzhou several times, China,
where she was invited for an orientation in order to inventory the furniture
At the moment Minke is working on new design projects and
it is expected that there will be several new products on the market.