Kikkerland first began in the late 1980s, in New York, as the project of Dutch expat Jan van der Lande. A nickname for the Netherlands, Kikkerland translates to “land of frogs.” Design-minded van der Lande started reselling items like vases and lamps from designer friends in Amsterdam, bicycling through the city to personally deliver his sales. Eventually, he began producing designs as well as reselling them, and business began to take off. At first, van der Lande was organizing it all from his houseboat on the Hudson River, but as things expanded, Kikkerland took on more and more employees, an actual office, and increasingly innovative designers. Kikkerland continues to produce creative new products at breakneck speed, with 300 brand-new items designed every year.