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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November 8, 2007

Des Bouvrie designs a mobile chalet

Filed under: Design by Orangemaster @ 11:01 am

While the Dutch government is again trying to see if reclaiming land from the North Sea is possible in order to create some space in this densely populated if not overcrowded country, Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie thinks everyone should have a second home that will run you almost half of a first one, which about 50% of the population cannot even afford.

Des Bouvrie has developed a mobile home that really looks like the Dutch design version of a chalet. It has lots of room, much light and a balance between inside and outside, architecture and interior. And then everything is bright white because then it wouldn’t be Jan des Bouvrie. I can’t picture kids playing outside coming inside and touching anything. The going price starts at EUR 115,000.

I would still go with an Airstream and I do not like the idea of any space looking like a mental institution, no matter how much space I get.

(Link: Telegraaf)

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