Earnest Studio was founded by American-born, Netherlands-based designer Rachel Griffin. Its work applies themes of modularity and multiplicity to a spectrum of projects—ranging from theory to serial productions—following a fascination for simple, flexible structures with a forthright attitude toward material.
Griffin holds a BA in graphic design from Washington University in St. Louis and a BD from the department Man & Living at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
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Earnest Studio will contribute four pieces to the upcoming exhibition “HOW&WOW BASK IT!,” on view during Dutch Design Week at the Microlab Hall in Strijp-S.
Earnest Studio joins a roster of twelve international designers selected by Karimoku and the Basketclub to create works inspired by traditional Japanese baskets and weaving techniques. On view from February 11 to April 30 at the Karimoku Flagship in Tokyo.
Earnest Studio will contribute new work to the upcoming exhibition “Esquimaux,” at Palais-Galerie in Neuchâtel.
We are pleased to contribute new work to “Furnishing Utopia 4.0: Drawings Upon Frameworks presented by Herman Miller,” on view at their New York flagship location from May 18 to September 31, 2019.
Earnest Studio joins a group of 15 designers selected by Studio Thier&vanDaalen for the second edition of “The Young Collectors,” on view at Populierenweg 14 in Eindhoven from October 20–28.
We are pleased to contribute our “Stair Case” rolling stepstool to “This Is Not a Chair / Ceci n’est pas une chaise,” on view at Plant Seven in High Point, North Carolina from October 12, 2018.
Earnest Studio joins a roster of 23 Dutch designers selected by the London Design Fair to contribute work to the exhibition “Dutch Stuff” on view at the Old Truman Brewery from September 20–23, 2018.
We are happy to announce the launch of our “Clover” pendant for Good Thing, on view at their “Work From Home” installation at The Standard hotel on May 17 and 18, and at the ICFF, from May 20–23, 2018.
New work on view at Colony as a part of the exhibition “Balance/Unbalanced,” on view from May 17–24, 2018.
Earnest Studio presents new and recent works at the SaloneSatellite during the Milan Fuori Salone. Please pay us a visit at Pavilion 13–15, Stand B06 from April 17–22, 2018.
Please join us at “Dutch Invertuals–Fundamentals” where we will exhibit one of our “Fragment” vessels alongside a collection of 20 inspirational objects from our studio. On view at EDHV in Eindhoven from October 21–29, 2017.
Earnest Studio joins a roster of 13 American designers selected by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen to contribute work to the USA pavilion at the London Design Fair. On view at the Old Truman Brewery from September 21–24, 2017.
New work on view at Colony, as a part of the exhibition “Lightness: The Full Spectrum” during the 2017 edition of NYCxDESIGN, May 18–24, 2017.
Earnest Studio presents new and recent works at the SaloneSatellite during the Milan Fuori Salone. Please pay us a visit at Pavilion 22–24, Stand A17, from April 4–9, 2017.
We are happy to announce the launch of our “Bureau” desk and “Mala” bench for Schoenbuch, on view at IMM Cologne from January 16–22.
We are honoured to be selected for the 2016 American Design Hot List. Many thanks to Sight Unseen and Herman Miller!
New lighting and accessories on view at “The Collections Two at Colony” during the 2016 edition of NYCxDESIGN, May 12–17, 2016.
Earnest Studio presents new and recent works at the SaloneSatellite during the Milan Fuori Salone. Please pay us a visit at Pavilion 13–15, Stand C10 from April 12–17, 2016.
Earnest Studio joins Colony as they celebrate their inaugural year. Drop by the TriBeCa showroom to see a selection of furniture, accessories and lighting.
Project “Building” presented at “Design uit het land van de aardappeleters,” on view at Het Noordbrabants Museum from January 24 to April 26, 2015.
Project “Stack” presented at “Trame,” on view at the Triennale Design Museum from September 16 to November 9, 2014.
“Open Design: A History of the Construction of a Dutch Idea,” co‑authored with Joana Meroz, is nominated for the Simon Mari Pruys prijs for design criticism.
“HOW&WOW BASK IT!,” Strijp-S, Eindhoven, 2021
“Basketclub x Karimoku,” Karimoku Flagship, Tokyo, 2021
“Extraordinaire,” MUDAC, Lausanne, 2020
“Muuto,” Design Post Cologne, Cologne, 2020
“Esquimaux,” Palais—Galerie, Neuchâtel, 2019
“Objects with Love,” curated by Connie Hüsser, Design Miami/Basel, 2019
“Furnishing Utopia 4.0: Drawings Upon Frameworks presented by Herman Miller,” New York, 2019
“1000 Vases,” Dubai Design District, Dubai, 2019
“Greenhouse,” Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm, 2019
“The Young Collectors,” Studio Thier&vanDaalen, Eindhoven, 2018
“This Is Not a Chair / Ceci n’est pas une chaise,” Plant Seven, High Point, North Carolina, 2018
“Dutch Stuff,” London Design Fair, London, 2018
“Lake Como Design Fair,” Teatro Sociale Como, Como, 2018
“Work From Home,” The Penthouse at The Standard, New York, 2018
“Balance/Unbalanced,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2018
“Furnishing Utopia 3.0: Hands to Work,” New York, 2018
“Rock Paper Salt Air,” Mint, London, 2018
SaloneSatellite, Milan, 2018
“Dutch Invertuals – Fundamentals,” curated by Raw Color, EDHV, Eindhoven, 2017
“Assembly,” curated by Sight Unseen, London Design Fair, London, 2017
“Luminates,” Mint, London, 2017
“Lightness: The Full Spectrum,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2017
“A Brush With Design,” WantedDesign, New York, 2017
SaloneSatellite, Milan, 2017
“Dutch Invertuals Collected,” Eindhoven, 2016
“The Collections Two at Colony,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2016
SaloneSatellite, Milan, 2016
“The Collections at Colony,” Colony: the Designers’ Co‑op, New York, 2015
“Design uit het land van de aardappeleters,” Het Noordbrabants Museum, ’s‑Hertogenbosch, 2015
“Domestic Affairs,” Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, 2015
“Dee Dee Wee Doom Pa Di Dee,” Sectie C, Eindhoven, 2014
“TRAME,” Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2014
DMY Design Festival, Berlin, 2014
Launch Pad, WantedDesign, New York, 2014
Sight Unseen Offsite, New York, 2014
“010–020,” Prometeo Gallery, Milan, 2014
[D3] Design Talents, IMM Cologne, Cologne, 2014
“010–020,” Eindhoven, 2013
ELLE Inside Design, “CitizenM is GROOS op Rotterdamse Design,” Amsterdam, 2013
“Shaping Matter,” Kortrijk, 2013
“In‑House Objects,” Baerck, Berlin, 2013
“Nomadismi,” Altai Gallery, Milan, 2013
“010–020,” Prometeo Gallery, Milan, 2013
“Dutch Invertuals: Transform,” Milan, 2013
Galerie Christian Ouwens, Rotterdam, 2013
[D3] Design Talents, IMM Cologne, Cologne, 2013
“New Generation,” YKSI, Eindhoven, 2013
“Made in Brainport,” Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, 2012
“A Spatial Surprise,” Mint, London, 2012
“BIO23 Biennial of Design,” Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, 2012
“Craft & Scenography: Personal Content,” Depot Basel, Basel, 2012
“The Front Room, Color and Geometry,” Ca’ Laghetto, Milan, 2012
“Young Talent 2011, Green Today” RAI Elicium, Amsterdam, 2011
“Mass: 10 Designers on Methods, Material and Manufacturing,” Het Pomphuis, Eindhoven, 2011 Co‑curator, exhibition designer and participant; content development for MASS Breakfast Debates in cooperation with Premsela.
“Copy Nature #2: Elementary Sentiments,” Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2011
Graduation Galleries, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, 2011
“Crazy Design: de wereld van hergebruik,” Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, 2011
“Appropriate Material,” Schellens Fabriek, Eindhoven, 2010
“Creating the Future,” Woonbeurs, Amsterdam, 2009
“Repair Manifesto,” Platform21, Amsterdam, 2009
To date, projects and interviews have appeared in various publications including, Abitare, Annabelle, Arcademi, Azure, Blend, Bright TV, Casamica, Casa Living, Chlorosphere, DAMn°, Designboom, Design Indaba, Dezeen, Domusweb, Elle Decoration France, Elle Decor Italia, Elle Decoration NL, Eigen Huis & Interieur, Fast Company, Frame, FranklinTill, iGNANT, It’s Nice That, L’Officiel, LS:N Global, Mocoloco, Neo2, Protein, Ravelin, Refinery29, Suddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times, The New York Times T Magazine, Thisispaper, TL Magazine, Viewpoint:, Viva, Wallpaper*, and Yatzer. Profiles and interviews have been published in Blend, Connecting the Dots, Dossier Journal and Ravelin.
Books include “Woman Made: Great Women Designers” from Phaidon Press “Think Dutch” from Frame Publishers, “Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things” from Phaidon Press, “Copy Nature #2: Elementary Sentiments,” and the Design and Design “Book of the Year, Volume One.”
Dezeen Awards, Lighting and Homeware categories, Longlisted, 2020
Creative Industries Fund NL, Grant Programme for Internationalization, 2017
German Design Award, Nominee, 2017
2016 American Design Hot List, Honoree
German Design Award, Nominee, 2016
Creative Industries Fund NL, Grant Programme for Internationalization, 2015
AD Architectural Digest & MONOQI Design Award, Theme: Arts & Crafts, Finalist, 2014
Creative Industries Fund NL, Grant Programme for Internationalization (Group), 2014
Simon Mari Pruys prijs voor designkritiek, Finalist, 2014
[D3] Design Talents Competition, Finalist, 2014
[D3] Design Talents Competition, Finalist, 2013
The Green Design Competition, Shortlist, 2012
Nuffic, Huygens Scholarship Programme, 2008–2010
American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York), 50 Books / 50 Covers, 2007
Society for Environmental Graphic Design, (Group) Merit Award, 2005
American Institute of Graphic Arts (St. Louis), Judges Award, 2002