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Design.nl 100th Issue Favourites

Happy 100th issue to the Design.nl newsletter! To celebrate this, we've hand-picked a selection of our favourite articles from the last year. From exclusive personal interviews with emerging and established designers to reports on the upheavals and celebrations this year in Dutch design to spreading design love through cookies, we hope that our selection will keep you busy thinking about the state of the industry today and the future of design tomorrow. Thank you to all our readers, and here's to the next 100 newsletters!


Good Amsterdam

Good Amsterdam

No, it's not the latest tourism Amsterdam campaign but the local version of the worldwide posters for charity initiative Good50x70, that supports five Amsterdam non-profit organisations.

The joys of being an Amateur (even after 10 years)

The joys of being an Amateur (even after 10 years)

To celebrate their 10th birthday, Typotheque commissioned four renowned Dutch graphic designers to design T-Shirts that they would want to wear themselves. We catch up with founder Peter Bilak who reflects about the...

Design.nl Milan video 2009

Design.nl Milan video 2009

If you didn't make it to Milan this year, not to worry: Design.nl has made a special video featuring Dutch highlights of the week. Watch it here!

"I believe that many creative people will consider these circumstances a gift, necessary to bring about change."

"I believe that many creative people will consider these circumstances a gift, necessary to bring about change."

Li Edelkoort sits down to chat with us about the crisis, greedy graduates and why she thinks creatives are more than equipped to get through these times. Here's part one.

"My work could become more dangerous..."

"My work could become more dangerous..."

In the second half of our interview with Li Edelkoort, we talk about Africa, why grey is the new black and how Dutch design will ride through the crisis.

Eat Love

Eat Love

Why don't we like blue tomatoes? What did you eat when you fell in love for the first time? With her new book Eat Love, Marije Vogelzang aims to make us think differently about food and design.

How to spread love and influence designers

How to spread love and influence designers

Beyond innovation which was focus at the recent Creative Company Conference, it is really Love that makes the creative world go round, as shown by the feel-good Gookie cookies.

When Architects Turn to Design

When Architects Turn to Design

Ben van Berkel of UNStudio is the man of the moment with his Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art in Dubai and Star Palace in Taiwan. Here he discusses his MYChair, why Mies van der Rohe is overrated and the...

The “Favourable Poison” of Dutch Humour

The “Favourable Poison” of Dutch Humour

After her successful participation in the International Visitors' Programme, Noriko Kawakami talks to design.nl about the bond between Japanese and Dutch design and what the rest of the world can learn from Holland's...

You Can't Buy a Cheap product and have a Clear Conscience

You Can't Buy a Cheap product and have a Clear Conscience

In a backlash against cheap mass-production in the fashion industry, futurists and fashion critics say the answer lies in better and smarter purchasing as well as designers embracing a brave new scientific world.

Not Everyone was Happy in Hong Kong

Not Everyone was Happy in Hong Kong

With much of the media ecstatic over last week's Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, Dingeman Kuilman speaks out against the narrow path design seems set to race down.

Rob Huisman pipes in on the rumoured tensions between the BNO and Premsela

Rob Huisman pipes in on the rumoured tensions between the BNO and Premsela

"Making good medical equipment might not be as glamorous as Marcel Wanders,” he says, “but it is very important for humanity and culture."

The Bad Boy of Dutch Design Lets Loose

The Bad Boy of Dutch Design Lets Loose

Bas van Beek, one of Dutch design’s harshest critics, calls the current state of the industry “a circus,” and “a petit bourgeois farce.” Elitist and anti-democratic, he labels most people involved a moron or an idiot...

Aldo Bakker Penetrates some of the Problems Confronting Dutch design

Aldo Bakker Penetrates some of the Problems Confronting Dutch design

“I like to perceive of design as philosophy, but in three dimensions,” he says with an unexpected cameo performance from Marcel Wanders. “The populism gets too much and there is so much more going on than what you...

Wim Crouwel on his 80th Birthday part II

Wim Crouwel on his 80th Birthday part II

Part two of our chat with Wim Crouwel continues here: he talks about Dutch design in the 80s and his hope for a new unifying vision for the world of design.

Wim Crouwel on his 80th Birthday part I

Wim Crouwel on his 80th Birthday part I

In case you missed our Christmas special, here is an edited version of design.nl's long chat with Wim Crouwel. He talks about design, modernism, and his famous rivalry with Van Toorn.

Jewellery Must be Shamelessly Curious

Jewellery Must be Shamelessly Curious

His mind, his Princess and the crippling insecurity he felt after discovering that another artist was was working on the same idea as he was - Ted Noten opens a packet of cigarettes and settles down for an afternoon...

When an Intellectual Picks Fashion as his Target

When an Intellectual Picks Fashion as his Target

Liam Maher, head designer at new label Denham, takes us on a mysterious ride through the corridors of ideas and design that he treads . But is the Militant Guild of Rural Tailors for real?

A Creative Collaboration Between Viktor & Rolf and Studio Job

A Creative Collaboration Between Viktor & Rolf and Studio Job

The response to Viktor & Rolf’s showing during Paris Fashion Week has been extreme. Most adored it, a few loathed it, but everyone is talking about it.

Droog Design Founders Split

Droog Design Founders Split

Friction between commerce and conceptualism have led to a split between Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers, Holland’s most passionate design duo and the minds behind Droog Design.

The Relationship Between Design and Populist Politics

The Relationship Between Design and Populist Politics

Daniel van der Velden thinks that to understand design, one must first understand society. “Because one reflects the other,” he explains over an espresso with design.nl.

Gijs Bakker On His Wife, His Son and the Future of Dutch Design

Gijs Bakker On His Wife, His Son and the Future of Dutch Design

Surrounded by pieces of his and Emmy van Leersum's jewellery designs, Gijs Bakker talks about his current exhibition, his feelings about Droog and the new design energy he senses will soon overtake the industry.

Alice Rawsthorn on the Next Promise of Design

Alice Rawsthorn on the Next Promise of Design

As the developed world’s social and political systems crumble, new design paradigms are needed. But what should they be, who is in control and where do the Dutch stand in all of this?

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