Marissa Grootes

CEO / FOUNDER - STIL

Marissa is the founder and creative director at STIL. A born visual artist and creator, her love for organization started when she was 10 years old collecting decorative paper that she would use to make her own planner covers. She started STIL with the vision of creating a global design studio that inspires intentional buying through pieces that are crafted with elevated quality and are simple in design to encourage organization.

What are you best known for?

I would say two things. One being my superhero ability to connect with people I don't know. The second is that I started a company from nothing based on my crazy passion for planners and organization. I'm also known for being early to everything because of my Swiss upbringing.

What or who has influenced your design aesthetic the most?

Who or what has influenced your design aesthetic the most? What has influenced by design aesthetic the most is my upbringing. I spent 14 years of my life living in Switzerland and travelling around Europe where I was constantly surrounded by modern art, architecture and interior design. The Swiss have a minimalist approach to everything and that really rubbed off on me.

What inspired you to become a designer?

What motivated me to become a designer is the ability to create something tangible that people use. Whether that was a book or a magazine, or a planner for that matter, I loved the idea of designing something that others would use and appreciate. The first tangible thing I created was a food magazine in school that I called Salt & Paper and I remember being so immensely proud once I saw all the pages printed and it was in my hand. It's the same feeling I get every time a new sample for STIL arrives at our studio door.