October 4, 2020

Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie dies, aged 78

Filed under: Design by Orangemaster @ 9:03 pm

Famous Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie has passed away at age 78 after a battle with prostate cancer.

As an interior and product designer, he was probably best known for his 1969 ‘kubusbank sofa’, easily considered a design classic and still being sold today. In fact, it is said that his sofa is a symbol of modern Dutch interior design and can be found in the collections of both the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. As well, the Jan des Bouvrie Academy in Deventer, Overijssel was named after him. Last year, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a designer at his studio Het Arsenaal in Naarden.

We wrote about him quite a while back: Des Bouvrie designs a mobile chalet.

(Link: parool.nl, Photo of Jan des Bouvrie by Erwin Olaf Springveld, some rights reserved)

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January 24, 2019

Viktor & Rolf show ‘instagrammable’ meme dresses

Filed under: Design,Fashion by Orangemaster @ 5:59 pm

Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (aka Viktor & Rolf) have recently presented their spring-summer couture collection at Paris Fashion Week, featuring highly ‘instagrammable’ dresses.

The bright coloured tule dresses boast texts that read ‘I’m not shy I just don’t like you’, ‘Go to hell’ and ‘Go fuck yourself’, the later with each word on a colourful candy hart.The ‘weed’ dress shown above matches the colours of many of the tourist shops in downtown Amsterdam.

Fun fact: eight kilometres of tule were used to make the dresses.

(Link and photo: parool.nl)

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November 13, 2018

Dutch designer launches app against knock-offs

Filed under: Design,Technology by Orangemaster @ 2:21 pm

Dutch furniture and interior design company Moooi has launched their own app, so that customers can verify the authenticity of the products they buy from the company. Moooi’s products all have a unique digital identity in the shape of a flower that customers can scan, which contains a wireless chip. Moooi has described it as “a tiny digital superhero that provides Moooi products with an authentic digital identity.”

Moooi launched the initiative as a way of helping their customers in the face of a growing number of counterfeits. At present, many companies stick holograms on their products, rely on customs control border forces to check or even using DNA spray. “But all these solutions are only really doable by people working at the border, so you’re not protecting average customers,” explained Jan Haarhuis, a specialist in customer experience at Moooi. The app is available for Android and iPhone.

(Link and photo: dezeen.com)

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August 8, 2018

Build your own Theo Jansen ‘mini-strandbeest’

Filed under: Design by Orangemaster @ 1:25 pm

Theo Jansen‘s world-famous ‘strandbeests’ [strandbeest = beach beast/animal — Dutch plural would be ‘strandbeesten’] have been around since 1990 when he started experimenting with mechanical engineering, building skeletons from plastic pipes that use the wind power to move ‘magically’ all on their own.

“The mini-strandbeest uses the same mechanism designed specifically by the artist for the project and like its forebear comes with a fan at one end that catches the wind, propelling the legs to move in a cyclical fashion. Built from 120 parts that snap together to form 12 jointed legs, a spinelike crankshaft, and a wind turbine, it takes about 90 minutes to build.”

Where can you buy them? Give Google a whirl using ‘mini-strandbeest DIY’ and quite a few results will pop up that seem quite affordable.

Watch how to make your own mini-strandbeest:

(Link and photo: designboom.com)

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July 31, 2018

Dutch students sell scented phone cases

Filed under: Design,Sustainability by Orangemaster @ 8:00 pm

Two Dutch students from Breda have launched an online shop called hype-online that sells scented phone cases. There’s even one that smells like coffee, a scent that stays on the case for four to six months. The cases are sustainable, made from polyurethane.

Much of hype-online’s cases are quite unique and specially made from a start-up in Slovenia, called MMore. Of course, you could order your cases from MMore, but if you’re in the Netherlands, hype-online also delivers and promises to have some new scents soon enough.

(Link: deondernemer.nl, Photo: MMore)

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July 13, 2018

25 years of Viktor & Rolf in Paris

Filed under: Design by Orangemaster @ 7:48 pm

Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (aka Viktor&Rolf) celebrated their 25th anniversary with a “collection of memories”, called the Immaculate Collection, an entirely white collection, adorned with Swarovski crystals, an ode to many of their iconic creations, from a reimagined Bedtime Story collection to the ‘No’ trench coat seen above.

The presentation of this collection coincides with the Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists 25 Years exhibition running until 30 September at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

(Link and photo: dezeen.com)

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July 8, 2018

Iris van Herpen presents bird-inspired dresses

Filed under: Animals,Design,Fashion,Photography by Orangemaster @ 5:24 pm

Amsterdam-based Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen has created a series of dresses that replicate the feathers and soundwave patterns of birds in flight, which was presented a few days ago at Le Trianon, Paris for the Paris Haute Couture fashion week.

To go along with them, Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Amsterdam’s Studio Drift had an installation of moving glass tubes that also capture the motion of birds in flight. Inspired by Studio Drift, Van Herpen also used chronophotography, a Victorian photographic technique that captures movement in several frames of print.

(Link and photo: dezeen.com)

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April 17, 2018

Den Helder gets platform over the sea

Filed under: Architecture,Design by Orangemaster @ 12:07 pm

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Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV won an international competition with their design of a Möbius strip like viewing platform called SeaSaw for the city of Den Helder, North Holland, the northernmost point of the mainland, across from the island of Texel.

Set to be completed in 2019, the platform will offer an all-around view meant to underline the city’s connection to the sea. And although Den Helder is a charming place where you can enjoy the sea, the country’s main naval base, the end of the railway line and generally nice folks, it also has some ugly old buildings that were in the running for the best ugly place in North Holland.

(Link and image: designboom.com)

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April 12, 2018

Revisiting early 20th century furniture, Dutch style

Filed under: Design by Orangemaster @ 1:33 pm

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Launched by Casper Vissers, former owner of Dutch design brand Moooi, new furniture and lighting brand Revised has recently presented Dutch designer Sjoerd Vroonland’s collection made from traditional materials including solid wood of oak and walnut, stone, glass, steel and marble, all with nice rounded corners and edges.

The collection features influences from the early 20th century as seen by Vissers and his wife, Suzy Vissers, of pieces of furniture photographed in 35 countries at hotels, calling it “The craft you could say British and Italian with a slightly Japanese influence.” Casper Vissers said that Sjoerd Vroonland understood what he was aiming for and instead of just a few pieces, launched an entire collection.

The products are purposely manufactured in factories across Europe, with suppliers based in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Lithuania. “Perhaps we could get it made cheaper further away, but we have to start driving electric cars, we need to eat less meat and we should not ship from one end of the world to the other,” Vissers explains.

(Link and photo: dezeen.com)

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March 8, 2018

Floating hotel for Dutch theme park in Japan

Filed under: Design,General by Orangemaster @ 10:02 am

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Huis ten Bosch (Hausu Ten Bosu) is a theme park near Nagasaki, Japan that is apparently more than three times the size of Tokyo Disneyland and still bigger than Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea combined. Its theme is The Netherlands – all of it – and many of the famous buildings of the Netherlands have 1:1 replicas.

The Dutch-themed attraction park will be launching a floating capsule that can accommodate two or three people, with its the floor designed as an accommodation cabin and the second floor as an observation dome. The service is due to start this summer. The company plans to have a ship tow the hotel between the theme park and a nearby island.

And yes, it’s giving me a strong James Bond vibe, if you remember the final scene of The Spy Who Loved Me and the floating rescue pod that just happens to have Dom Pérignon 1952 champagne on ice.

(Link and photo: english.kyodonews.net)

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