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Newsletter #249


Newsletter #249

This week we have more from the What Design Can Do conference which started to day in Amsterdam - a fabulous op-ed by Richard van der Laken that was published in one of the country's leading daily broadsheets and an interesting breakout session on the promises offered by social design and whether they should live up to their hype. We speak with leading trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, also present at What Design Can Do and get a tour of Piet Paris' long-awaited retrospective. We also look at a new wooden iPhone cover, designed by a Dutchman and popular in Japan.


What Design Can Do? PROMISES

What Design Can Do? PROMISES

Timo de Rijk’s extreme position on the “Mine Kaffon” was the core issue raised during one of the breakout sessions during What Design Can Do today.  Is social design real and if so how should it be...

Piet Paris’ Rooms

Piet Paris’ Rooms

Long overdue was the retrospective of Piet Paris at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem. Now visitors can enjoy work by one of the Netherlands’ most prolific fashion illustrators spread over 10 different themes. 

Fetishism in Fashion

Fetishism in Fashion

It’s a rare treat to find Lidewij Edelkoort in her home-town of Amsterdam, and an even rarer treat to speak to her in her own home. Following the seminar M˚BA 13 and on the eve of What Design Can Do we spoke with...

Richard van der Laken in His Own Words

Richard van der Laken in His Own Words

Richard van der Laken has been all over the Dutch media this past week pushing the What Design Can Do conference.  In this op-ed for national newspaper De Volkskrant he argues that designers must take over from...

Designing is Producing

Designing is Producing

Peter Kolkman has switched from graphic to product design and says he thinks designing and producing shoud be one and the same.  His new wooden iPhone and iPad covers are already popular in Japan.

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