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400 Years Later — Cite Goes Dutch

Last week I finally had the chance to check out the 400 Years Later — Cite Goes Dutch exhibition properly – it was a mad house at the opening up a few weeks back. It’s up until June 14th, at Cite’s 131 Greene Street location. Totally worth swinging by, if you’re in NYC. The show features 23 Dutch designers and one photographer, and the various pieces all gel very nicely together, with the wry humor of Dutch design on full display…From the brief:

“1609: The Dutch Discover New York
2009: New Yorkers Discover Dutch Design

The exhibit presents everything from furniture and tabletop objects to jewelry by 23 emerging Dutch designers and manufacturers and 1 photographer. Curated by Studio Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew in collaboration with Wabnitz Editions Ltd and Josée Lepage, the work draws an outline of contemporary design coming out of, and shaped by, the unique climate of the densely populated Netherlands, whose designers grow up below sea level and under heavy gray skies.”

The exhibition features work from Lotte van Laatum (top left: Dutch Wood), Mirjam van der Lubbe (top right: Gun Bags), Alissia Melka-Teichroew (bottom left: Jointed Jewelry), and Alexander Pelikan (bottom right: Plastic).

I have long loved Greetje van Helmond’s Unsustainable jewelry – made out of sugar crystals. So amazing.

New work by Studio Jan Habraken – the Bird House Shovel and Soap-Bottle-Soap.

And, last but not least (below): Formmatic, by Susan Verheijen.

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