Tour of Europe: Dutch design

Simple geometric shapes, neutral colours, practicality and functionality, … This is what characterizes the furniture from the Netherlands.

The Dutch designers, steeped in the codes of the post-war generation, wanted to influence their time and provide an answer to the middle classes with simple but functional furniture, while remaining affordable for the pockets of the time.

This need for economical and functional design – while remaining comfortable – led the designers of the time to imagine furniture with almost austere forms, without embellishments and above all simple and quick to manufacture for the factories. The work of Cees Braakman, with his “SB02” chairs, and Friso Kramer ‘s “Revolt” chair come to mind. Dutch designers naturally began to immerse themselves in the work of their colleagues around the world: from Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Bauhaus, to Herman Miller and the work of Charles and Ray Eames in the United States.

However, from the 1960s onwards, the strict guidelines imposed by the post-war context began to be questioned. People’s needs changed, and designers gradually abandoned functionalism in favour of fantasy. A new era began for Dutch design!

Today, vintage design from the Netherlands is very popular in industrial interiors, for its rudimentary and functional style. But it can also be used in more cosy settings, such as a Scandinavian living room, as shown by our inspirations!

inspiration design néerlandais 1
1 – Swimming poster for the Munich Summer Olympics | 2 – Luminous globe for JRO Globus – 1960 | 3 – Suite of 4 Result chairs by Friso Kramer | 4 – Reply desk by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietvel for Ahrend de Cikel – 1950

design néerlandais 2
1 – Italian vintage sun mirror | 2 – Vintage lamp by Christian Dell for Koranda | 3 – French vintage elm “Regain” desk – 1980 | 4 –“Combex” chairin steel and white plastic, Cees Braakman – 1950s

design néerlandais 3
1 – Black and red ceramic Lespinasse vase 1950 | 2 – Vintage armchair 506 by Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort | 3 – Vintage teak sideboard by Fristho Franeker 1950 | 4 – Large vintage ceramic Vallauris pitcher by Roger Capron