“Speculative Design Archive” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

November 2, 2018

On display will be prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers; work that deserves to be preserved and shared. Such silent testimony to the process of design is all too frequently neglected. In practice, designers seldom have the space, time or expertise to store such valuable repositories of knowledge.

 

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

This Fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut temporarily transforms into a design archive. Since the late 1980s design from the Netherlands has been world-renowned under the banner of Dutch Design. But what about the memory of Dutch design today? What will be preserved for the future? Why, how and by whom?


 

Practical information

“Speculative Design Archive”
October 19, 2018 – March 10, 2019
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Netherlands

 


With a temporary archive installation, Het Nieuwe Instituut speculates on the possible contents of an archive for design and digital culture from the Netherlands. On the basis of attractive examples, the Speculative Design Archive explores the form and significance such a collection could take on in the future. The installation follows the entire archival process: collecting, storing, arranging and describing items, reconstructing their origins, and determining their value and siginificance.

 

Richard Hutten, Prototype for Handle with Care from the archive of Richard Hutten. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Richard Hutten, Prototype for Handle with Care from the archive of Richard Hutten. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Vincent de Rijk, material, colour and form studies for various projects in which De Rijk has been involved. From the archive of the Vincent de Rijk Workshop. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Vincent de Rijk, material, colour and form studies for various projects in which De Rijk has been involved. From the archive of the Vincent de Rijk Workshop. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

The exhibition includes current as well as historical archives from organisations such as V2_ and Droog, companies such as Vlisco and Artifort and a variety of designers including Wim Gilles, Kho Liang Ie, Cubic3 Design, Lust, Geert Lap and Hella Jongerius.

 

Kho Liang Ie, “Schipholboek”, presentation book bound in wood featuring photographs, design studies and hand-written comments about the interior of Schiphol Airport, originally made for a UNESCO presentation. Archive Nel Verschuuren / Kho Liang Ie & Associates. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut NVER 410. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Kho Liang Ie, “Schipholboek”, presentation book bound in wood featuring photographs, design studies and hand-written comments about the interior of Schiphol Airport, originally made for a UNESCO presentation. Archive Nel Verschuuren / Kho Liang Ie & Associates. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut NVER 410. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Kho Liang Ie, “Schipholboek”, presentation book bound in wood featuring photographs, design studies and hand-written comments about the interior of Schiphol Airport, originally made for a UNESCO presentation. Archive Nel Verschuuren / Kho Liang Ie & Associates. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut NVER 410. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Kho Liang Ie, “Schipholboek”, presentation book bound in wood featuring photographs, design studies and hand-written comments about the interior of Schiphol Airport, originally made for a UNESCO presentation. Archive Nel Verschuuren / Kho Liang Ie & Associates. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut NVER 410. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

The Speculative Design Archive stresses the potential of archives as a source of knowledge and inspiration for the ongoing development of the various disciplines within design. This is being achieved in consultation and collaboration with a wide and diverse network of formal and informal archives, archive creators and keepers and heritage organisations. In selecting the archives included, the team at Het Nieuwe Instituut worked closely with design historian Job Meihuizen. The exhibition’s graphic identity and visual campaign were provided by Studio Veronica Ditting. The spatial design of the installation was developed by Roel Huisman with Bart van Merode.

 

Richard Hutten, Handle with Care, for Droog (The New Originals project), 2014. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Richard Hutten, Handle with Care, for Droog (The New Originals project), 2014. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, Table piece, 1982. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, Table piece, 1982. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Kho Liang Ie, Model 720 bench designed for Schiphol Airport, manufactured by Artifort, 1966-1970. On loan from Studio Linse. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Kho Liang Ie, Model 720 bench designed for Schiphol Airport, manufactured by Artifort, 1966-1970. On loan from Studio Linse. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Vincent de Rijk, material, colour and form studies for various projects in which De Rijk has been involved. From the archive of the Vincent de Rijk Workshop. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Vincent de Rijk, material, colour and form studies for various projects in which De Rijk has been involved. From the archive of the Vincent de Rijk Workshop. Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.


 

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