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Dutch design and its 10 newsmakers

Dutch Design – Dutch design is an internationally recognized brand. Intelligent and forward-thinking, yet not devoid of irony and culture. Who are they, the carriers of his DNA? We present 10 newsmakers in the art & design category, whose things are kept and exhibited by museums.

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1. Joris Laarman: robots and the human brain

Laarman (b. 1979) belongs to the experimental generation. Joris Laarman  was born in 2004. Joris Laarmana – robotic Printing. “I am firmly convinced of the future of digital manufacturing and local handicraft.” On 18 October 2017, at Sotheby’s in London, Joris Laarman’s Bone Rocker was sold for £ 248,750.

2. Maarten Baas: design at your fingertips

Major collectors of contemporary design adore Baas: Brad Pitt and Ian Schrager have his unique pieces. Maarten Baas (b. 1978) graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven . Baas’s graduation work, the Smoke series of smoky furniture, immediately made it clear that the designer’s ambition was to make things for museums. His works are in the collections of V&A , MoMa , Rijksmuseum and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris . It has been sold to Carpenters Workshop Gallery for ten years .Martin Baas successfully collaborates with Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior. In the spring of 2017, the Groninger Museum arranged the first large retrospective for the designer.

3. Piet Hein Eek: cook and carpenter

Eindhoven’s real hero looks more like a hefty carpenter. Piet Hein Eek (b. 1967) produces furniture in its own workshops: series and unique items from recycled materials, this is the salt of Eek’s corporate identity. The main material is old boards. Piet Hein Eek is always open to a variety of orders – from items to corporate style. In the vicinity of the factory, there is a spacious showroom, a souvenir shop and an excellent restaurant, where fans of branded stools come from neighboring cities and countries. In July 2017, Piet received the Design Development Award for the cultural foundation of his home province of North Brabant.

4. Hella Jongerius: design for life

A demanding teacher (for many years she worked as teacher of the alma mater – Eindhoven Academy of Design), Hella Jongerius (b. 1963) is the head of the small Jongeriuslab bureau and the art director of Vitra. Produces its own products and collections for clients. Her exhibitions have been hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, the Kreo (Paris) and Moss (New York) galleries. In 2017, she prepared a collection (vases, mirrors, tables and curtains) for Galerie Kreo, which accompanied her large exhibition Breathing Color at the London Design Museum.

5. Scholten & Baijings: subtle gradient

Carole Baijings (b. 1973) and Stefan Scholten (b. 1972) belong to a generation following the Droog Design conceptualists. The trump card of the family duo is the sense of color, subtle and refined. It is the light color with a complex gradient that the vases of Scholten & Baijings for the Sevres manufactory or the Danish company Georg Jensen are famous for. Their works are kept by the Stedelejk Museum in Amsterdam and the Central Museum in Utrecht. Carole and Scholten give their best to the project Chromatography: The Color World of Scholten & Baijings . In September 2017, their coloristic version of Frame TV was released (designed by Yves Bear for Samsung) .

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6. Kiki & Joost: high-tech & low-tech

Kiki van Eijk(b.  1978 ) and Joost van Bleiswijk (b. 1976) share a table, bed and workshop. But only sometimes they unite in work on common projects. Everyone keeps their own name, ideas, style and customers. Back in the early 2000s, both authors were noticed by New York dealer Murray Moss, and in Europe their designs are sold by the Rotterdam Vivid Gallery. Some time ago, the Zuiderzee Museum invited to create a collection: Joost designed trolleys and dressers from tulip wood, and Kiki a series of embossed porcelain vessels depicting authentic local embroidery. Their workshop was supplemented with a showroom, a clothing boutique, a designer store, and this year with a new address.

7. Bertjan Pot: “do it yourself”

Bertjan Pot (b. 1975) studied at the department “Person and Identity” with Ulf Moritz, from whom he took over his love of textiles. As a graduation project I made a Knitted Lamp – “Knitted Lamp”: I filled the knitted “stocking” with balloons, impregnated with transparent resin, then blew them out and took them out. Pot later used this principle of giving rigidity and shape to objects made of fabric and threads – for example, making, for example, the famous Random Light ball, produced by Moooi since 2003. V&A Museum in London, MoMA New York, Stedelejk in Amsterdam and Boijmans van Beuningen’s Rotterdam Museum house his woven and resin-drenched lamps and chairs, braid masks and lamps carved from dried pumpkins.

8. Richard Hutten: design without design features

“Design has to be witty, friendly and able to surprise,” says Hutten. The two-meter tall Dutchman does everything from postage stamps to museum interiors. Some objects resemble toys: elephant puffs, two-handed mugs, dandelion lamps … Richard Hutten (b. 1967). graduated from the Academy of Design in Eindhoven (1991) and in the same year founded a studio in Rotterdam. Member of the Droog Design association. Hatten’s work is in the Design Museum London, MoMA in New York, as well as in museums in Lisbon and Munich. Collaborates with progressive design brands Sawaya & Moroni, Moooi, Muji, Moroso. Creative director of Gispen. Author of museum and exhibition spaces: interiors of the Cinema Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Architecture (Rotterdam).

9. Studio Job: rocket marquetry

Belgian Job Smeets (b. 1970) and Dutch woman Nynke Tynagel (b. 1977) have long been working under the Studio Job brand. A retrospective of art entitled “Mad House” was shown at the New York Museum of Art and Design ( MAD). Furniture, sculptures, lamps, panels, wallpaper – deliberately provoke, intrigue, shock, which created the reputation of Studio Job as enfants terribles and allowed it to enter the short list of auctions (for example, a Robber Baron floor lamp, 2007, sold for $ 110,500). Often referred to as barocco digital , Studio Job’s work is frankly interdisciplinary and highly regarded by collectors.

10. Marcel Wanders: living in the future by looking back in time

Lux has long considered him a permanent contributor. Manages to replenish the collections of his own brand Moooi, create folding furniture for Louis Vuitton, accessories for Christofle, chandeliers for Baccarat, mosaics for Bisazza. Designs hotels in Istanbul and Qatar. He celebrated his fiftieth anniversary with a personal exhibition at the Stedelejk Museum. Marcel Wanders (b. 1963) redefined the Dutch as the humble inventors of bicycles and the authors of Protestant benches. Even people far from design know that there is a Dutch magician who invents lace armchairs, lays out golden kaleidoscopes and makes interiors a la “digital baroque”, which was so successful in the 2000s. The Dutch design superstar confesses that he is loved in other countries, but sometimes coldly received at home.