The Dutch Are Coming!

Modern Dutch Design

On May 7, the Museum of Craft & Design debuted “Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft,” a new interactive exhibition featuring the work of nearly 20 leading designers from the Netherlands that focuses on digital technology within modern Dutch design.

DZINE joined guest-curator Zahid Sardar and many of the featured designers, including Marcel Wanders, at a special VIP opening of the exhibit, followed by an after party at our showroom with food and drinks to celebrate the Dutch designers’ work and visit to San Francisco.

The exhibit challenges conventional notions of design, threading themes of recyclability, sustainability, digital technology and social commentary throughout to create a truly innovative space.

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On display by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta from design firm Studio Drift is Shylights, elegant suspended light sculptures that imitate the unfolding and closing of real flowers. The lamps are made of layers of silk with LED lights and their movement is controlled wirelessly and by electronic motors.

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The Mycelium chair, showcased by Eric Klarenbeek, combines recycled organic materials and 3D–printing technology to produce a chair made entirely of fungi and other raw plant materials. This product leaves a negative carbon footprint and it is Klarenbeek’s vision to enhance this technology to produce other furniture and larger-scale projects.

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Mine Kafon, a low-tech landmine detector created by Afghan-Dutch designer Massoud Hassani, is a large piece that is wind powered and heavy enough to set off landmines as it rolls over them. Made of bamboo, iron and bio-plastic suction cups, Mine Kafon is designed to help save lives in landscapes savaged by war.

“Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft” is now running at the Museum of Craft & Design through September 13. View more pictures from the exhibit and the after party at our showroom on our Facebook page.

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