Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861893802 Published December 2008 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Dutch Design

A History

Mienke Simon Thomas

Dutch Design

Mienke Simon Thomas

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272 pages | 83 color plates, 88 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 2/3 | © 2008
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861893802 Published December 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9781861894724 Published December 2008
Experimentation and Dutch design have long gone hand in hand, from postage stamps to the Rietveld chair to the clean simplicity of Schiphol airport. Mienke Simon Thomas skillfully details the groundbreaking accomplishments and popular products of Dutch design in Dutch Design Culture.

            Thomas, a museum curator, delves deeply into the rich design history of the Netherlands, beginning with the historical roots of Dutch crafts education and the moral and social ideals of modernism that became central to the nation’s cultural dialogue. Touching upon such issues as the emergence of the professional industrial designer, public work initiatives, debates about design as art, and the provocative notion of “anti-design,” Thomas argues that though Dutch design from the beginning has been driven by aims of functionality, simplicity, and affordability, it has also embraced luxury and exclusivity. The book also discusses the role played by leading Dutch designers and their works, including Wim Crouwel, Marcel Wanders, and the design collective Droog Design.

            An unprecedented, detailed history, Dutch Design Culture is a critical primer on one of the leading national design movements today.
1  New Art, Old Craft, 1875-1915
2  Design as Art, 1915-40
3  Good Design, 1925-65
4  Design as Profession, 1945-80
5  Design for Debate, 1960s to the Present
Photo Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
Wim Crouwel

"This is what we’ve been waiting for: finally, an unprecedented critical analysis of the history of Dutch design. Mienke Simon Thomas’s Dutch Design is a book to have and to read: an important and richly detailed study of the cultural, economical and social-political context of twentieth-century design in the Netherlands."--Wim Crouwel

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