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27 May, 2011

Why Italians can (sometimes) be Dutch

Dutch design has never been the sole terrain of the Dutch, but with more and more graduates sticking around in Holland to pursue their careers, the term is more international than ever.

When we reported that Rolling Stone magazine included five Dutch designers in its list of the 20 designers likely to wield real influence over the next decade, we got it wrong.

We (I, to be honest) originally stated that just four Dutchies made the cut.  What followed was the sweetest reminder email from Andrea and Simone of Formafantasma that they do in fact qualify.

And they had a point.  Educated at the DAE and still Eindhoven based, the pair (who have Italian passports) can and should be called Dutch designers.


Every time has its chair

Visitors to the Chair Terrace at Art Amsterdam will be pleasantly surprised by some chair design exclusives.

TIME is the central theme this year at Art Amsterdam's terrace with chairs by: Jurgen Bey, Jacco Bregonje, Khodi Feiz, Ineke Has, Richard Hutten, Studio Job, Joep van Lieshout (AVL), Tiddo de Ruiter, Wieki Somers and Henk Stallinga.

The Chair Terrace functions as a 'normal' terrace for visitors to Art Amsterdam while housing many design scoop's for those interested.


The Curious Image by Jeroen Verhoeven

Utilizing robots and the profiles of his two design companions, Jeroen Verhoeven presents his latest work at a British gallery.

Artist and designer Jeroen Verhoeven shows his work for the first time in the UK at London gallery Blain|Southern.
Located in London's West End, the gallery is launching two new pieces of Verhoeven's work: a desk, Lectori Salutem, 2010 and a chandelier, Virtue of Blue, 2010.

Both demonstrate the Dutch designer's belief in creating design through a combination of highly-skilled craftsmanship and carefully-programmed technical processes.


"Blush - Design In Full Colour"

Scholtens and Baijings' first full retrospective has opened at the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch. We look at the accompanying film that captures both the duo's aesthetic and process.

The film playing inside the "Blush - Design In Full Colour" was created by Scheltens and Abbenes, with whom Scholtens and Baijings have collaborated on past projects.

"They had their products but they wanted to add an extra element to the whole exhibition experience," explains Maurice Scheltens of the award-winning design duo's motivation.


The city that never sleeps

The ten-storey W hotel in London has only been open a few short weeks but already it has made its mark on the city's landscape.

For one thing it has the sort of interiors that will not leave you indifferent (over 660 glitter balls adorn the hotel for instance, including a 3.5m wide one in the hotel's louche red-and-black main bar); for another it has filled a gap in a terribly touristy part of London just off Leicester Square where good hotels and restaurants (other than fast food chains and Chinatown's buzzing eateries) are hard to come by.

The hotel was designed by UK-based architects Jestico + Whiles but its glamorous interiors are all the work of Amsterdam-based design firm Concrete. The brief was "to create a concept narrative for W hotel London Leicester Square and design the interiors of the hotel according to the story", says Jeroen Vester, project architect at Concrete at the time.



27 May, 2011

With pleasure we inform you about the latest projects of Maarten Baas and what he and his studio have been up to in the last months.

‘The Empty Chair’ for Amnesty in honor of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

On invitation of Amnesty International, and in honor of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Maarten Baas has designed The Empty Chair.

Amnesty International invited Maarten Baas to design a piece to support their campaign against the increased suppression of writers, journalists, artists and activists.

In 2010 Liu Xiaobo was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful battle for fundamental human rights. Liu Xiaobo could not accept the prize in person, because he was in jail serving a 11 year imprisonment for ‘undermining of the state’.

Therefore, The Empty Chair of Liu Xiaobo became a symbol for repression.

The Empty Chair, designed by Maarten Baas is about five meters tall and will be presented during the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International on May 28, 2011 in Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam.

The design of "The Empty Chair" will soon be available in the form of an exclusive pin

‘The Plain Collection’ 

Based on the concept of the earlier Clay series, Maarten Baas developed The Plain Collection.

In this rudimentary Clay series the finger prints of the hands that squeezed the clay are still visible, making each piece of furniture a unique product. For the restaurant of the Groninger Museum, the models were customized and the material was developed further in order to make it stronger for public use.

The Plain Collection was presented to the world for the first time at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan during the Milan Salone last April.

The clay of the Plain Collection, is treated in such a way, that the pieces don’t need to be lacquered like the original Clay series. Through a special technique, the material is pigmented in order to create the three new, different colors of the collection: Black, Red and Natural. All pieces are made by hand, in the workshop of Maarten Baas & Bas den Herder, in The Netherlands.

The ‘More or Less chair’ for NgispeN

Especially for NgispeN, Maarten Baas designed the More or Less chair.

The ‘More or Less chair’ is a unique chair that is made in serial production.
Maarten Baas made almost fifty fast line drawings from his design. With a CNC milling cutter his drawings are converted in 3-D models which makes each chair different. The chairs still appear as a quick drawing and each chair gets its own character this way.

The ‘More or Less chair’ was presented to the world, as a prototype, for the first time during the Milan Salone last April. The chair will go in production this summer.

Upcoming exhibitions:

Museum acquisitions of Maarten Baas' pieces

We gladly inform you that several international renowned museums have recently included designs of Maarten Baas in their permanent collections:

This means that almost 30 museums worldwide have designs by Maarten Baas in their permanent collections.

Tom Dixon - ICFF 2011

17 May, 2011

Tom Dixon wins the Editors Award for "Best Booth" at ICFF, New York 2011

B.D Newsletter May 2011

12 May, 2011

The Milano Fair it's over and again it has become The Design Event of the year. We want to thank you for your visits (more than any other edition) and the great response you have given to the new products we presented.

In 2011 we have made a great effort to present the Free Port Cabinet by Marti Guixe, the Gaulino Table and Chair by Oscar Tusquets, the Hyperbolic Table by Alfredo Häberli, the B Chair by Konstantin Grcic, the Multileg Low Tables by Jaime Hayon, and The Narcissist collection by Neri & Hu. We invite you here to know them a little bit better.


Миланская выставка снова стала Событием Года в мире дизайна. Благодарим вас за посещение нашего стенда и за теплые отзывы о наших новинках. Мы приложили огромные усилия, чтобы представить вашему вниманию замечательные творения дизайнеров Marti Guixe, Oscar Tusquets, Alfredo Häberli, Konstantin Grcic, Jaime Hayon и Neri & Hu.

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