Johan has over 30 years experience in the field of decorative arts and design in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Professionally trained in the Netherlands, Johan worked as a decorative artist for Queen Beatrix on the Royal Palace restoration project.
New Zealand projects have included Auckland’s Metropolis Hotel, Sky City Casino and Vero Building, as well as Dunedin’s Southern Cross Casino, Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel and a number of offices, residences and super yachts in Auckland.
Johan was also a senior lecturer on a design programme at Unitec in Auckland for 10 years.
He and his wife Annelies owned Van Westen Antique Studio in Newmarket, Auckland, for several years, selling fine antiques and providing an antique restoration service.
In addition to Johan’s work with architects, designers and homeowners, he designs and produces his own range of French mirrors and dining tables.
Johan also passes on his specialised knowledge and skills to the public via his classes.