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Design is for Kids

At Milan Design Week last April we came across a wonderful children’s book all about design. Now it has been translated from Polish to Dutch and naturally features a host of Dutch design heroes. 

By Cassandra Pizzey / 28-03-2013

Written by art historian and design curator Ewa Solarz and illustrated by Polish couple Aleksandra en Daniel Mizieliński, D.E.S.I.G.N. is a richly illustrated children’s book that journeys through the history of design beginning with Michael Thonet of the Thonet chair and ending with Martí Guixé’s Food Design.

Through 164 pages young readers are taken on a journey through the history of design, with many designers and designs they might recognize at home. Take for instance the classic Arco Lamp, a fixture in many urban homes be it the real thing or a cheaper alternative, or the undisputed king of cheap sofa’s IKEA’s Klippan. 

Dutch design is certainly not missing from the book as featured in the book are among others Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers, Maarten Baas’ Smoke Chair and Tord Boontje’s Midsummer Light. That the Netherlands takes an important place in our design history is indisputable, and the book features no less than eight important designs that helped shape it. 

A colourful design and playful illustrations are alternated by short, informative texts full of fun facts about the designers and their designs, the materials and how they are used. D.E.S.I.G.N. seems like a great book for young curious minds, and maybe for their parents too.

D.E.S.I.GN. is a publication of Book Island.

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