What was the inspiration behind starting MUUR?
Simply put it was to support artisans in developing countries. By having regular work and income they can sustain themselves and their families and I knew I could help in providing this. I have always wanted to be totally transparent to our customers and I want them to know who makes the beautiful products they purchase and where their money goes. The money goes directly to these amazing artisans in Indonesia, and that's exactly how it should be!
Where did the name MUUR come from?
It's actually my childhood nickname and what most of my friends and family in Holland call me!
Travel is obviously very important to your inspiration and work. Is it the people you meet or the places you go to that have the biggest impact on you?
I would say it's a bit of both, but people definitely have a huge impact on me for sure. I have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and there’s just a special connection with certain people and countries. The people in the Philippines, Cambodia and Mexico for instance have made such an impression on me. Indonesia where our products are made is particularly special to me because that is where part of my roots are from. The fact that I am now able to help in a small way the people living there is really incredible for me.