Man and Leisure

Eefje Sandmann

Photographer: Astrid Zuidema


Horsewoman Eefje Sandmann has taken a critical look at the saddle and bridle in order to make them easier to transport from the paddock to your home. A saddle will weigh about twelve kilos and the shape does nothing to help transportation by bike or bus. She has stripped the bridle of unnecessary elements, retaining all the safety and comfort aspects for the horse and rider. Her lightweight, beamless saddle made of PU-foam can be folded into a manageable package that you can carry on your back. Fold in the flaps, and the reins become the backpack’s shoulder straps. In Backpack Saddle and Halter Bridle the bit and girth are stored inside the seat, as are the stirrups with LED lights that will act as bicycle lights on your back.
Photographer: Astrid Zuidema


The Netherlands is fighting the muskrat with all its might in order to keep the dykes and grass lands from turning into an unstable mesh. Every year around 320.000 muskrats are killed, at an annual cost of around 31 million euros. Because pest control does not want to be associated with the breeding of fur bearing animals or the fur trade, they destroy the cadavers. But Eefje Sandmann has spotted opportunities for ‘eco-friendly’ fur: the animals are killed anyway, and using their fur could save thousands of mink lives. She has used the fur from four tanned muskrats to create a pair of warm mittens. The porcelain button with a Delft blue picture of a muskrat signals what the user is wearing: sensible fur Dutch Homegrown.