Rembrandt versus Dutch Design
What can designers learn from Rembrandt?
Genius is often found in the most unexpected places; and it can make history. There is, for example, the true tale of the son of a small-town miller in rural Holland, who became one of the most revered painters of all times. So goes the story of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who was born in Leiden in 1606 and while coming from humble beginnings, went off to transform Dutch painting forever. The well-known and respected artist has defined Dutch culture – as well as his own time, which is widely hailed as the Dutch Golden Age in art. Creating a home-grown counterpoint to the mainstream European Baroque styles of his time, he led a revolution in his field. He has touched the work of professionals, way beyond his discipline.
Dutch Design versus Made in Italy: What can we learn from each other in Milano
Modern design fairs are an international stage. They are a chance to see and be seen, where professionals can show off their work, challenge themselves and, why not, spy a little on friendly competition. The earliest examples of such gatherings date back to Paris’ trade exhibitions in the 1700s, or the World Expo tradition, the very first of which took place in London during the Victorian times. Since then, the concept of showcasing achievements and trying out new things in order to “wow” a global audience proved to have a powerful pull. This resulted in a huge success for the genre, which flourished in the years to come; and by the 20th century, professional gatherings had expanded into many forms to suit specific industries. In this article, we explore Dutch Design and what it represents during Milan Design Week.
What can Dutch heritage teach us about modern design?
Every masterpiece, be it by the most established professionals or the newest, freshest minds, draws in one way or another on what already exists in one’s field. Our global heritage is a constant source of inspiration in most designers’ creative process. After all, continuously tweaking, transforming and redefining what we often take for granted can be the best route to true innovation. In this article, we explore how Dutch history and culture can influence contemporary design today.