Research: Design Networks in Northern Europe

Thanks to the relatively small size of the country of the Netherlands it seems that designers and creatives are not just more prone to collaboration but have more resources via government subsidy to allow them to do so. Design Academy Eindhoven has proven especially prolific, turning out many of the Netherlands’ greatest designers. Collectives like Droog Design in the 1990s acted to further connect these individuals and showcase their designs to the world. This tendency to collaborate extends into the realm of the architect as well. Firms such as MVRDV and OMA recognize that an architect is not necessarily the best person to design the furniture, lighting, or accompaniments to built space and thus frequently turn outwards to collaborators like Richard Hutten, Petra Blaisse, and Claudy Jongstra.

Authors: Saba Nowroozi, Andrew Fung,