Trendland reports, “Nieuwe Heren is the name of young designers Erik de Nijs and Tim Smit’s design house, which creates solutions to design problems with a great sense of humor. Featured above is their Cable Reel designed as a solution to ugly exposed cables, crafted from wood and powder coated steel.”

The duo’s latest objects take inspiration from history – for example, WWII searchlights – and activities – The Poet Chair is designed as the ideal seat for reading to children. More than just creative nostalgia, Nieuwe Heren turns quirky moments in life into useful objects that enrich daily life (and more than likely will make you smile).

View more objects after the jump.

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