How We Work, The avant-garde of Dutch Design

Last week, How We Work, The avant-garde of Dutch Design appeared. To put the book together, photographer Inga Powilleit and stylist Tatjana Quax visited fifteen studios of Dutch design talents and give a peek into the kitchens of the intensive and often experimental work process that precedes a final product or project. Questions like, ‘What do we do with the excess of stuff and design odds and ends?’ and ‘How can it be done differently?’ are central. 

Answers come in the form of colour experiments, experiments with dried flax or old plastic, handwork or even the use of 3D printers. Fifteen studios – Atelier NL, Pieke Bergmans, Mae Engelgeer, Formafantasma, Pepe Heykoop, Chris Kabel, Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, Dirk van der Kooij, Joris Laarman, Valentin Loellmann, Christien Meindertsma, Lex Pott, rENs, Daan Roosegaarde and Scholten & Baijings – show just as many different ways of working, but also correspondences. This makes How We Work an exceptionally informative and inspiring visual report about the daily practices of a new generation of designers for whom research into the function of design forms an important starting point. Answers about mass production, excess and environmental pollution will be given by these designers in the form of high quality, originality and authenticity. It’s a combination of factors that require time,

immersion and attention. How We Work shows how interesting the research into innovation in the area of material, shape and colour is, just like experiments with traditional crafts or hypermodern production techniques. The diligent labour, immersion and attention are rewarded, and finally take shape in products and objects that tell a personal story. It is design that you want to admire, treasure and preserve, and that acquires a durable character from this. The designers who are highlighted in the book are currently proving that. The book of more than 225 pages is the follow-up to How They Work from 2008, in which designers like Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius and Piet Hein Eek were central.
As a supplement to How We Work opened in an exhibition in the ’s-Hertogenbosch Stedelijk Museum, in which the research and work process are central, without losing sight of the object. Guest curator Tatjana Quax worked with the museum to select one object from each designer around which the process and the story of its creation are shown.

How We Work, The avant-garde of Dutch Design – Compiled by Inga Powilleit and Tatjana Quax; Authors: Merel Bem, René Pingen, Publisher Lecturis, ISBN 9789462260795

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