The Studio

Sven Hulsbergen Henning, owner of HenningMade uses styles from different eras in ways they are complementary to one-another. Growing up surrounded by antiques and artwork from the 15th century up to 1950's, he was intrigued by how distinct aesthetic qualities of figurative and abstract styles influence heart and mind and how they could fuse into contemporary design.

'The essence of beauty is when power and fragility come together in one piece'

Merging technology with craftsmanship and classic rules of composition with organic patterns, a dialogue is created between the artificial and the natural. Making use of the strong esthetic and symbolic properties of abstract geometry, subjects like power, fragility, rationality and spirituality are expressed free from historical context but without breaking with it.
While working as an architect he attended the vocational school for wood, furniture and interior in Amsterdam. This allowed him to fully deploy his aesthtic concept in architectural furniture pieces. His graduation project of 2014 was a centerpiece during Young Talents, a show presenting the best of recently graduated designers and artists from a selection of art schools.


Technical University Eindhoven, Building technology, 1996-2008 
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São Paulo, 1999-2001
Hout- en meubileringscollege Amsterdam 2012-2014
Work experience
Amann Architects, Rio de Janeiro (2001)
Rene van Zuuk Architekten, Almere (2003-2004)
Goudsticker- de Vries Building Engineers, Almere (2008)
Soeters Van Eldonck Ponec architecten, Amsterdam (2008-2009)
Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, Project Nagele (2009)
Architecten CIE, Amterdam (2010)
Since 2010 Owner/Director HenningMade

Additive vs Behavioral Design

Additive Design

Composition of multible clearly defined elements
Closed system/composition
Planned in advance

Behavioral/Parametric Design

Rule-based behavior of a few relatively small elements (shown here; X and Y shaped elements)
Open adaptive structure/system of entanglement
Behavior similar to natural growth, design from within/bottum-up



Patterns of Growth

Leaf (L),  London (R)

 Leaf (L), New York (R)

Fungus (L), Marrakesh (R)


Decay: Patterns of age

Face (L), Cracked paint (R)


Hand tool to surface patterns

Hammered copper pitcher, Sarah Lonsdale (L), Detail of painting, V. van Gogh (R)

Patterns of decoration

 Zebra (L), Facial tattoo Chin tribe (R)