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Book: Form follows vision

On the occasion of their 20th birthday, industrial design bureau Brandes en Meurs are publishing a book looking back at 15 projects realised during the period 1998-2008 and looking forward to the next 20 years.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 30-05-2008

On the occasion of their 20th birthday, industrial design bureau Brandes en Meurs are publishing a book looking back at 15 projects realised during the period 1998-2008 and looking forward to the next 20 years.

In 1988 Michiel Meurs and Michiel Brandes started the design bureau Brandes en Meurs industrial design. Brandes left in 1996 and Meurs continued under the same name. The company develops products for the manufacturing industry, working in public design including consumer durables like power tools and professional products.

Successful projects

Projects and projects include the seats for the Dutch National Railway train service 'Regiorunner' and the Kollekt 120 rubbish bins on Dutch railway stations. Their 'T Bus' bus stops in Tilburg were awarded an iF Award in 2006 and the Skil Twist series of powertools won the Dutch Design Prize (2006).

Design ethos
According to the company the user always comes first. 'Bus stops, office furniture or tools: we always have the user in mind when we make our designs. Users have to be able to work comfortably and safely with our products. That’s why we pay so much attention to the ergonomics of our designs. At all stages in the designprocess we build physical models to test and evaluate usability. We also use virtual models for 3D simulation.'

Book
In the book 'Form follows vision', 10 guest authors were invited to share their vision on the development of the role of designers over the coming 20 years.

Contributors:
-Els Aarts (alderman for Traffic in Tilburg)
-Tineke Bakker van Ingen (managing director of Ferm)
-Michiel Brandes (founder of Brandes en Meurs)
-Hans Dirken (former Professor of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology)
-Kees Dorst (Professor of Design at University of Technology in Sydney)
-Niels Greif (Advisor Industrial Design and Art for Dutch National Railways)
-Robert Hellier (Canadian product designer)
-Michiel Meurs (Partner in FromAtoB Public Design)
-Paul Meurs (architect and professor at TU Delft)
-Sophie Krier (Head of Designlab Rietveld Academy)
-Rosa te Velde (Student Rietveld Academy)

Form follows vision
Texts are in both Dutch and English.
NDCC Publishers, Amsterdam, ISBN 9789080363533, June 2008.
€19.95

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