THINK DUTCH

THINK DUTCH – CONCEPTUAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

October 25, 2016 by R A Z G O

 

THINK DUTCH
CONCEPTUAL ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN IN THE NETHERLANDSEdited by Robert Thiemann
Authors: Jeroen Junte (design) and David Keuning (architecture)
Design by Meiré und Meiré
Text in English and German
Hardcover in slipcase
22,5 x 28,5 cm / 8.8 x 11.2 in, 496 pages
1054 illustrations (24 b & w)
125,00 ¤ | 175,00 $ | 115,00 £
ISBN: 978 – 3 – 942597 – 10 – 4

 

THE CREATIVE DUTCH — DESIGN THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Arguably the Dutch have always excelled at making a virtue of necessity. In that spirit they have accomplished many positive things – and they are still doing it, as THINK DUTCH, a new publication on architecture and design from the Netherlands, shows. If the title sounds like a call to follow their example, that’s entirely intentional. For the truth is that Dutch designers and architects don’t sit around complaining about the dilemmas that confront them – they look for creative and practical solutions to the economic, ecological and social challenges of the 21st century. And they find them!

This lavishly illustrated volume, beautifully and unconventionally designed by star agency Meire? und Meire?, affords an overview of the most important projects and products developed in recent years. It opens up new perspectives and rubs out boundary lines – between architecture and design, or the limits imposed by chronological or alphabetical order. What counts here is content, the thematic complexes. The 16 chapters bear titles such as „Build on water“, „Value your nutrition“, „Rationalise“ or „Use digital techno- logy“. In total, 456 projects are showcased in more than 1,000 colour illustrations. It’s a compendium of creativity. This is a book to start you thinking – it’s stimulating, informative, and a feast for the eyes.

Bringing together in one volume truly significant projects, designers and architects – from Ron Arad and Marten Baas via Ted Noten to Marcel Wanders and Waterstudio.NL – is the achievement of Robert Thiemann, editor of the high-profile design and architecture magazines FRAME and MARK. Thiemann is joined here by expert authors David Keuning and Jeroen Junte. Together they know the field intimately, and have assembled an authoritative Who’s Who of the contemporary scene, the salient feature of which is its interdisciplinarity. Dutch design is built on cooperation, it has ethical traits, it holds out no promise of immortality or absolute values, it makes a space available for self-profiling, and it uses materials experi- mentally, respecting local traditions, the land and the water. This book matters to every one of us.