I’m fascinated with Dutch design; not only because I’m a Dutchman, but mainly because Dutch design has a reach that exceeds far beyond the relative importance of the Netherlands, which has roughly only about 17 million inhabitants.
Dutch Designers are able to think outside of the box. It’s about Idea Hatching (see photo 1). One reason is that their schooling is very fundamental. They have to learn to start from scratch.
Another reason is that already famous Dutch designers are well inclined to help newcomers. A very, maybe the most, influential woman in this respect is Lidewij (Li) Edelkoort, I would call her “The Mother of Trendhunting."
Lidewij Edelkoort studied fashion and design at the School of Fine Arts in Arnhem and became a trend forecaster at Dutch department store, “De Bijenkorf”. Her talent for sensing upcoming trends and unique ability to predict what consumers wanted several seasons ahead of time brought her to Paris in 1975 where she created Trend Union. Every six months, Edelkoort conceives a Trend Book which sets forth fashion trends two years in advance.
And you know what? One of Li’s trend forecasts is we’re back to knitting (photo 2)...and finally: the lately Red Dot doted Senz Umbrella is selling by the millions.
Gas Pumping Robots to Fuel Cars
Dutch "Tankpitstop" Robot
"The Hague" Proposes Artifical Island
Dutch Tulip in North Sea
Controversial Soccer Shirts
The Dutch 2008 EK Football Killer T Shirt
Design Like De Dutch
Netherlands Central Tax Office
Heat Your Home with Life-Sized ‘Domestic Animals'
Aussie Solar Car Race
Dutch Enter Panasonic World Solar Challenge
Skinterior Stools Are the Size Zero of Seating
Inverted Champagne Set
Viktor & Rolf Design + Piper Heidsieck
Architectural Fantasy Exhibits
NL Architects at Venice Biennale
Sculptures for the Sole
Couture Shoes by Marloes Ten BhÃ¶mer
Burnt Furniture (Part 2)
Smoke by Maarten Baas
The Bone Chair
Faux Animal Skin Rugs
Vintage Dutch Blanket Polar Bear Carpets
Glacier-Inspired Eco Architecture
Top 8 Innovative Umbrellas
Run Faster, Watch Movies or Look Hot (GALLERY)
Shoes That Look Like Origami
By Designer Marloes ten Bhomer
Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Faux-Cardboard or Clochard Duvet Covers
Invisible Outfits II
Desiree Palmen's Camouflage Art
Giant Dutch Street Art
Henk Hoftra's Art Eggcident
Dutch Students Invent Powdered Booze to Sneak Into Clubs