Dutch Design
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5733
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
This course examines topics in Dutch design throughout the 20th century and across diverse media. Compared to its neighbouring countries (Germany and Belgium) industrialization in the Netherlands evolved rather slowly. Nevertheless it was in the Dutch city Eindhoven that the first European academy for industrial design – inspired by Bauhaus ideas and methods – was founded in the 1950’s. In this period the Netherlands as a country shifted from an agrarian and trading nation to an industrial society. By then the Dutch world of decorative arts and design had for decades been oscillating between craftsmanship and industry, aesthetics and functionality, ideology and commerce. Many firms like Philips, Ram, Pander or Metz & Co employed artists like De Bazel, Berlage, or Eisenloeffel. Some of them operated in the footsteps of the Arts and Crafts movement, while others were especially concerned about social progress or nationalism. Their history illustrates this process and reveals some of the fundaments of contemporary Dutch design. Graphic design became famous in the sixties and seventies, but product design had to wait until the nineties to attract international attention with the unexpected appearance of Droog Design. Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker shook up the design world by presenting work of designers like Jongerius, Bey and Remy under the flag of Droog; leaving the public behind with questions about ‘the true nature’ of Dutch design. This course will be given by Marie-Leen Ryckaert, senior lecturer design history & theory at ArtEZ Institute of Architecture, the Netherlands.
Course Open to: Degree Students
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Open to: University graduate students.


Open to Graduate students.