Maybe it is nice for you guys to visit some shops and galleries for inspiration. It is good to go to studio hergebruik, they give workshops and there is a lot of opportunity here for cooperation. It fits bang and is an inspiring concept.
It would also be a good idea to try and talk to Gijs Bakker. The founder of Droog Design and he is working at the Eindhoven design academy now as the head of the masters product design. There are people at the AMFI who have good contacts with him. And he is always willing to help you with development and contacts. (groetjes Janne)