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Newsletter #274


Newsletter #274

This week on Design.nl Jan Boelen is boldly trying to redesign the whole approach to design events which have been overtaken by too much glamour, champagne and a preoccupation with getting on the right guest lists.  They have become more about PR agencies than genuine intellectual developments in the field.  As the curator of the upcoming 2014 biennial in Ljubljana, Boelen is trying something very new. We have two interiors that take colour blocking one step further; Viktor&Rolf’s flagship store that opened in Paris this week and the new Dutch headquarters of War Child in Amsterdam. Also this week we see how the Netherlands Foundation for Culture Participation is ensuring Dutch heritage will be preserved for the next generation thanks to its latest funding plan. 


Viktor&Rolf opens first boutique in Paris

Viktor&Rolf opens first boutique in Paris

Entirely cocooned in grey felt, Viktor&Rolf’s flagship boutique on the prestigious rue Saint-Honoré in Paris is conceived as only the beginning of the duo’s retail expansion. 

Jan Boelen in Ljubljana

Jan Boelen in Ljubljana

Jan Boelen is trying a new concept during the upcoming 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which is celebrating its 50th birthday next year.  Boelen is turning his dislike of design events into something...

Urban Crafters give crafts new lease of life

Urban Crafters give crafts new lease of life

The Culture Participation Foundation is supporting twelve initiatives which tackle heritage participation. Education, exhibitions and above all engaging events hope to get the younger generations involved in the...

War Child Offices

War Child Offices

The Dutch branch of charity War Child recently moved to a new modern office space in Amsterdam. The challenge faced was how to turn a boring office space into an inspirational one on a budget? 

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