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Dutch Design is often considered “conceptual,” above all. However, contemporary works of design from this small yet culturally productive country still demonstrate many traces of design from the 1990s, when the cultural climate in The Netherlands pushed for innovation and boundary-pushing, stressing a humorous, even ironic approach to design — rooted in the concrete rather than abstract. Lately, Dutch designers have been focussing more prominently on the materiality of the object, and experimenting with the physical properties and potential of any given object. The current collection of Dutch design demonstrates the diversity in the landscape of Dutch design today — ranging from young to more established designers, from simple and functional objects to those with more abstract, aesthetic value.



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