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What to See in Milan 2013

You’ve read the Dots, checked the blogs but what are the Dutch design exhibits that can’t be missed? Here’s what Holland recommends.

By Editor Design.nl / 04-04-2013

Inside the Dutch embassy the exhibition “Turkish Red & more – Designers and the museum collection” by the Dutch Textile Museum will be on display. Works by BCXSY, Lenneke Langenhuijsen, Minale Maeda and Studio Formafantasma are the highlights of the exhibit.

As a prelude to its reopening on April 13th 2013, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Droog Design offer an exclusive preview with Rijks Studio, a new online presentation of 125,000 works of the Rijksmuseum collection. Leading international artists, designers and architects are asked to select one work from the collection, using it creatively to create a new artwork. Droog is the first-time user, developing a tattoo inspired by a flower painting from the 17th Century. This and other astonishing results will be on display in via San Gregorio 32 (Central Station area) in the exhibition “Droog 20+ - Up to a beautiful future”, result of a collaboration between Rijksmuseum, Philips LED and Hôtel Droog.

Great names of the Dutch design will also be present: Hella Jongerius with Vitra and its unique sofas; Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, creator of the multifunctional SitTable; Studio Drift, with brilliant lamps, and the avant-garde furniture made out of recycled materials by Studio Formafantasma, two successful Italian designers who completed their education at the Eindhoven Design Academy.

You may also enjoy exhibitions with works by Aldo Bakker, Robert Bronwasser, Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta (Studio DRIFT), Bert-Jan Pot and Scholten & Baijings. Collective exhibitions like the ones by KABK Royal Academy of Art – The Hague, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem the Kooning Academy will illustrate the variety of projects and products designed in the Netherlands.    

In the Lambrate area, several emerging Dutch designers will take part in the event Ventura Lambrate, with names such as SMOOL, Maarten Baas and André Amaro who, in collaboration with Diesel, will host two special restaurants: a crossroad of culinary souls, art warriors and design adventurers. Spazio ‘O – in via Pastrengo 12, Isola area - will host Dutch Invertuals, a group of promising young designers transposing the theme of transform onto contemporary design.

Another interesting project is “Green Bike: the Dutch way” dedicated to eco-sustainable transport and urban green. Throughout the whole week, three Milanese locations – Equilibrio Urbano (Isola area), Rossignoli (Corso Garibaldi) and Olmo (Piazza Vetra) – will host exhibitions, meetings and conferences on the Dutch model. Designers Maarten Gunneweg of Bough Bike and Sjoerd Smit of VANMOOF will display unique, captivating, but in the meantime functional bicycles. Max Lipsey will also be present with his furniture obtained by bike components, while Basil and Widek will exhibit their new collection of bicycle accessories. The exhibitions and the installations by the artist Maarten Kolk will be lighted by Philips Lighting. Last but not least, urban architecture will be the theme discussed during a conference organised by the Flower Council Holland.

Inside Spazio A (former Ansaldo), ArtEZ Academy Arnhem and IED will organise a workshop entitled “Food for Life”, which will focus on the contribution designers can give to the nutrition issue.

Several of the activities afore mentioned are made possible by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Embassy in Rome and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Milan.

Main image: Max Lipsey, AcciaioOther images: 1. Jan Gunneweg Green Bike 2. Droog 3. Textiellab 4. UN Studio for Prooff 5. Design Academy Eindhoven 6. Ventura Lambrate

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