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,