Gallery: DUTCH DESIGN: Sustainability and Interactivity


This morning we’ve been discussing the environmental friendliness of Dutch design. Like Tejo Remy’s rag chair (shown above), a lot of Dutch design uses reappropriated objects and recycled materials, challenging users to think about waste, materials, and consumption. However, very few Dutch designers approach their work from the framework of environmental activism. Instead, what seems unique to Dutch design is a passionate concern for engaging the user emotionally and intellectually. It is, in fact, this concern for human interaction which makes much of Dutch design so engaging – and what often also makes it eco-friendly by default.

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  1. Jonathan November 17, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I enjoy reading and learning about Dutch and green deign, it seems true that the Dutch can effortlessly combine Fashionable products and eco friendly design in a unique ‘Dutch’ language, better than most other countries.
    However, the pieces seem to contradict their original design focus. Tejo Remy’s ‘rag chair’ is incredibly expensive to own despite being manufactured largely from old rags. The majority of this conceptual Dutch design unfortuantly sits in museums, art galleys and in rich people’s homes.
    I suppose this is the consequence when good design becomes ‘designer art’ and when it is designed under the brilliant Droog.

  2. Helen August 20, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    I really like the chair design, It’s really cool, who would of thought of that????

  3. Inhabitat » TEJO ... May 10, 2007 at 2:30 am

    […] big fans of Dutch design here at Inhabitat for its thoughtful approach, user engagement, and cheeky humor, and Mr. Remy is […]

  4. Inhabitat » ̵... April 23, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    […] seen this type of customization-amidst-mass-production approach in Dutch design before, and we’re interested in its unique approach to green design (it’s a more user- […]

  5. Lynn August 18, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I particularly love the adjustable high chair. At least parents won’t need to buy several different chairs for their kids. It’s also really cool if this chair was designed to still be able to accommodate kids in their toddler years.

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