The Story Of My Art

Posted on February 15, 2017

“I feel very privileged to be nature’s ambassador and bring her beauty and gift qualities through my designs in your home. I truly belief that carefully created images can bring harmony and well being to the environment in which they are placed. I use my knowledge of the gift qualities of plants to create certain moods or atmospheres that are conducive for the function of the space in which they are placed.” Robert van der Touw   I arrived inRead More

Biophilic design: the impact of nature designs in the home and in the workplace

Posted on March 20, 2017

The following was part of an article published on ARCHITECTURENOW under the title :the global impact of biophilic design in the workplace. link: THE IMPACT OF BIOPHILIA by Bill Browning 1. Wellbeing A key factor in maintaining positive well-being is reducing levels of stress. Research has identified that visible connections to nature can have a positive effect on an individual’s reported stress levels. In a review of numerous studies looking at the effects of different landscapes on health, it wasRead More

My journey with the native plants of New Zealand

Posted on March 9, 2017

My journey with natural medicine in New Zealand Shortly after my graduation from the Dutch School of Homeopathy in 1989 I immigrated to New Zealand. Thanks to recommendation from the School and from a prominent figure in homeopathy at the time I was invited to teach homeopathy in different homeopathic and naturopathic colleges in New Zealand. Before I became a classical homeopath I was a yoga and meditation teacher in Holland. Homeopathy gave meaning to my life, as it providedRead More

New Zealand Nature Designs

Posted on March 9, 2017

New Zealand Nature Designs enriched by a background in the medicinal research of native plants. Almost all splash back designed by Robert van der Touw have New Zealand nature patterns. All designs are also based on many years of research Robert undertook on the medicinal properties of plants. So each design is from a unique plant and it also tells a unique story. “I believe in bringing the gifts and energy that New Zealand’s unique beauty offers into our homes.Read More

Van der Touw Design as canvas art in the home

Posted on March 6, 2017

A glimpse into the canvas world of Van der Touw Design. As Van der Touw Design can be applied to any medium many customers have chosen canvas art as it is durable, economic and much lighter and stronger then framed art. Canvas also can give that ‘3D look’ with a wider mount. Swiss couple Rodger and Sabine chose the variety and colours of the New Zealand flax that Van der Touw Designs offers to decorate their home. Their beautiful homeRead More

Art and Soul NZ- A personal gift or greeting with Van der Touw Design.

Posted on March 6, 2017

Gail Bussey set up Art and Soul NZ ( to promote Van der Touw Designs as greeting cards, book marks, gift cards and postcards. Gail is a professional practitioner of a wide variety of healing modalities including journey work and Mayan astrology. She felt inspired to promote Van der Touw Design as she resonates with its message: bringing the wonderful gift qualities of nature New Zealand into our awareness. She acknowledges the transformational power of nature. She carefully selected theRead More

Van der Touw Designs for Hair by Nature Kerikeri.

Posted on March 6, 2017

Hair by nature in Kerikeri is owned and run by Kaa an exceptional creative hairdresser. I was honoured when he asked me to create designs to put on his mirrors. This was earlier on in my design work and the photo’s below don’t do it justice. I also did design art for him in the salon. His partner Marcus runs a B&B and wanted me to create canvasses and logo for the business. Kaa had a range of rectangular mirrors.Read More

The ‘Kauri’ designs

Posted on March 5, 2017

Like many others who live in or visit New Zealand I was very impressed by the grandeur and beauty of these majestic forest giants. As a practitioner of natural medicine I also felt the Kauri gifted a very special medicine. This was confirmed by the researche I did on medicines made from the gum. I spend much time in creating the Kauri designs, not just to satisfy my own need for perfection but also as a honouring to the mightyRead More

Classy coffee shop design

Posted on March 5, 2017

A complete interior wall plan to promote coffee. A classy design for a classy business that prides itself on the quality of its product: an excellent cup of coffee. Like most people I enjoy a good cup of coffee which inspired me to have a closer look at how I could promote the qualities of the coffee bean. The plant Coffee is widely used in natural medicine so I linked this knowledge with creating a great ‘coffee design’ using theRead More

Transformational Art and Design

Posted on March 5, 2017

Transformational Art and Design, evoking the power of nature by Robert van der Touw New Zealand nature is a great medium for igniting my passion. Nature helped me discover my artistic talent and helped me express and develop it. The beauty of nature is a powerful tool and can provide us with a sense of belonging. Nature also serves as a beautiful mirror to remind us of our own inner beauty. The perfection of New Zealand Nature is in suchRead More