People often like to belittle things that they can’t understand. Corien has no such inclination. She is, after all, the daughter of architects; those who stand on pillars of art and science, confident enough in their knowledge of both that they don’t have to choose sides.
“We were educated and raised in a very open way,” she explains. It was a childhood home where “’develop your talents and enjoy the uniqueness of people’, was the main objective.”
Corien loves a clear picture and a white canvas, both in the literal and figurative sense. And fortunately, she has a small painting studio where she can do both.
Corien says it’s a place where you can just “empty your head and create room for the new,” exploring potentials, materials and colors from a different perspective. “One can learn a lot by expressing your inner life and confronting yourself with the limits, and researching the elements of influence,” she says.
But what’s that got to do with innovation at Philips? Well, we like people who aren’t afraid of what’s in them, and have the courage to do something with it. People who are crossing disciplines as naturally as they would cross a street, and who’d like to get their inventions out of their heads and into their hands.
People like Corien; the one here now and the one in the future she’s working towards.