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Dutch Design: A History


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Mienke Simon Thomas is a curator in the department of decorative arts and design in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the author of Dutch Ceramics 1890-1940 (2002).


'Mienke Simon Thomas' engrossing account in this book implies the current lack of design focus reflects a wider malaise; a sense of drift from a clear purpose. Her survey and insights give much for thought about that doughty small country across the sea with which we British have such a particular affinity.' - Architects' Journal 'Historical and critical account of the last 100 years, explaining why this small country is at the forefront of European architecture and product design. Thomas puts this in the context of a country whose wealth was based on trade. A well illustrated and referenced text.' - RIBA Journal 'A hotbed of experimentation, Holland has long been at the forefront of contemporary interior design, from the curious Rietveld chair to the quirky milk bottle lamp by Droog. Recounting the stories behind many of these fascinating pieces, author and museum curator Mienke Simon Thomas reveals all in her most recent must-read. An enlightening guide (and great gift too!) for designers and historians interested in the Netherlands' myriad of intriguing products.' - Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Magazine 'Mienke Simon Thomas has written a serious and highly involving survey of design in the Netherlands in the twentieth century. Rather than lauding particular achievements of Dutch designers, she has chosen to situate such practice in its social and broader cultural context. She examines the practices of designers and design organizations, taking care to emphasize the importance of the various design academies and the relationship between design and manufacture and, perhaps crucially, the role of the Dutch state in supporting such work through subsidies and commissions.' - Journal of Design History '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, designer

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