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Edgar Vos (1931-2010) and Bob Noorda (1927-2010) is sad to announce the passing of two Dutch design maestros this week: couturier Edgar Vos and Milan-based graphic designer Bob Noorda.

By Editor / 14-01-2010

Edgar Vos (1931-2010)
Bob Noorda (1927-2010)

Bob Noorda studied at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs in Amsterdam (IvKnO) between 1950 and 51. Around 1954, Noorda left The Netherlands for Milan, where he stayed and established his studio, becoming an important figure in the Italian graphic design industry. His clients included Pirelli where he was art director, Milan metro where he designed the award winning signage system, the Milanese Triennale, petrol company AGIP, publishing house Mondadori and supermarket conglomerate COOP. He also designed covers for prestigious design magazines such as Ottagone, L'Arca, Architettura and Domus.

Edgar Vos was one of the most influential and successful Dutch fashion designers of the twentieth century. Vos studied fashion at the Rietveld Academie and was the only male student to graduate from his year in 1954. Vos opened his first shop in 1971 expanding his label to 15 stores. In 1994, Vos was awarded the Max Heijmans Ring, the most prestigious prize for fashion in The Netherlands. He presented his last catwalk show in 2000.

Image 1: Bob Noorda, Milan metro signage
Image 2 & 3: Bob Noorda, Agip
Image 4: Edgar Vos, Autumn/Winter collection 1972/73 (National archief beeldbank)

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