Archive for the ‘Droog’ Category

Droog at Manifesta12

Posted:  June 13th 2018

Botanical compositions and perfumes take over Palermo city centre, in the area of Fontana Pretoria. During the opening days of Manifesta12 designers Frank Bruggeman and Alessandro Gualtieri | The Nose created their perforative installations . Knowingly or unknowingly, directly or indirectly the public will become carriers of the local flora and spread them, possibly around the globe.

THE FLORILEGIUM
The Florilegium seeks to record collections of plants from within a particular place. Designer Frank Bruggeman and perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri | The Nose are cataloguing the flora of Palermo and tracing back the Greek, Roman, African and Arabic origins. The Bottle Tree and The Dragon Blood Tree are examples of trees that are to be found nowhere else in Europe. In their collaboration, on the occasion of Manifesta12, they take different approaches but the idea of pollination is cen- tral in both their performative installations.

WEARABLE BOTANICAL COMPOSITIONS
Frank Bruggeman will explore the flora in and around Palermo and will collect seeds, flo- wers, plants and roots. These cuts will be the material for large and small botanical compo- sitions. These will be distributed in public space during the opening days of Manifesta12 and can be worn or used as corsage or small bouquet. Knowingly or unknowingly the wearer of the corsage will contribute to the further pollination of the nature of the island.

Frank Bruggeman is a designer with a special interest in nature, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

 

ATTRACTING SCENTS
Alessandro Gualtieri has created three scents that centre around attraction and rejection. In order to reproduce and diffuse their own species, plants use scent and flowers to attract pollinators. The scent of pollen is the most ancient floral aroma and beatles the oldest pollinators. Beatles are attracted to both the pollen as well as the smells of rotting and excrement. The three stage perfume, distributed in different ways around the city of Palermo during the opening days of Manifesta12, will be in conversation with one another and with the public who will encounter them directly or indirectly and carry the scents further around the city.

Alessandro Gualtieri | The Nose is a perfume creator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Florilegium is commissioned by Droog on the occasion of Manifesta12.

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Exhibition: Then…Now

Posted:  June 4th 2018

To mark the quarter-century anniversary Droog presents a new exhibition Then … Now in the lobby of Hôtel Droog. In 1993 Droog debuted with a modest show of offbeat items by Dutch designers. Here young Dutch designers chose to use discarded materials and embraced imperfection, and everyday simplicity with a conceptual twist. Looking towards the future, Droog presents the same designers, but in Then … Now their more recent works are on show. From Richard Hutten to Jurgen Bey, Tejo Remy to Marcel Wanders, the exhibition gives an insight in the new works of Droog’s iconic designers. Then … Now touches upon multiple developments in and around design and connections the past and future. 

Then: 1993
At the beginning of the 90s one could recognize design a mile away: slick and stylish with a perfect industrial finish. But in the Netherlands, Droog founders Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers discovered something completely different. In 1993 Droog presented 16 unconventional products at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The exhibition observed the uncustomary design mentality in the work of great many young Dutch product designers. It was an overnight success. Not only for Droog, but also for this generations of designers.

Now: 2018
25 years later time has evolved and designers still create noteworthy and fresh pieces. Then … Now delves in the work of several designers showcasing their latest works.  The exhibition also includes work by designers Eibert Draisma, Gijs Bakker, Piet Hein Eek, Jan Konings, Arnout Visser and Ed Annink.

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Royal medal for founders Droog

Posted:  May 8th 2018


Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker honored after 25 years of dedication to design

Founders of Droog, Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker, have been appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau and Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. They received the awards (of royal honours) by the acting mayor of Amsterdam, Jozias van Aartsen, in a ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

Ramakers and Bakker founded Droog in 1993 and since then, they have put Dutch Design on the map. The presentation was given the title Droog because it concerned work in which the concept was more important than design.

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Exhibition: Enter the past and see the future. Q&A

Posted:  April 18th 2018

ENTER THE PAST AND SEE THE FUTURE. Q&A.

Enter the Past and See the Future is the title of the 25th anniversary exhibition celebrating memorable highlights that have shaped the collective program of Droog. This exhibition features 32 projects chosen by co-founder and director, Renny Ramakers.

The projects are based on themes, seeking for more ways to experience the possibilities of design and design thinking. Merging the bottom line of Droog, the exhibition consists of relevant topics represented by the work of different renowned designers, emerging talents, scientists, entrepreneurs and architects. Enter the Past and See the Future challenges the spectator to track down the larger idea behind the visual design. The exhibition will be on show from 26 April until 27 May 2018.

25 years of Droog
Droog’s debut came in the spring of 1993 during the International Furniture Fair in Milan with a modest show of offbeat items by Dutch designers. Now, 25 years on, Droog has gathered a wide range of projects. Through the exhibition it becomes evident that many of the themes addressed by Droog in the past are still relevant, and in some cases even very topical, in the present-day.

The spectrum of identity is shown in experimental projects such as Identity Land, Me, Meself and MY job and Single Town. Alongside the discourse with environmental challenges is set with crafted programmes as Material Matters, Re-Use and Social City. These relevant themes are annually presented in Milan; alongside at the Venice Biennial; UABB in Shenzhen; a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other places worldwide. Most icons of Droog are interconnected with all the above stated topics. Together they offer a different perspective on design.

 Q&A
In the exhibition, the exponents visualize a Q&A with Renny Ramakers, addressing simple yet intriguing questions about the underlying idea of the projects. It becomes clear that the apparent straightforward questions include clear concepts. More generally the personal answers of Renny refer to the fact that the outcome of the projects not always have to be a product itself.

Future
Droog’s view on the future is shaped by the past and the past reveals the future. Through the 25 years Droog made exhibitions, gave lectures, produced and distribute products, published books and created a shop and hotel. Up until this day Droog responds to the latest developments in design with original yet relevant ideas. Nowadays Droog is a mentality that is shaping up in all the disciplines. Droog will continue with a broad range of activities all connected and nourished by an ever-evolving dialogue within society. 

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LOBBY CENTREPIECE by Frank Bruggeman until 25th April at Hôtel Droog

Posted:  April 11th 2018

Dive into spring. To celebrate the season Hôtel Droog invites Frank Bruggeman to design a centrepiece in the lobby of the monumental building. For the floral installation Frank selected 8 varieties of blossoming and blooming trees and plants, mostly in the colors pink, purple, red and orange. In the Lobby Centrepiece all flowers are uncut. The installation is on show until April the 24th.

In the piece, the relationship between nature and culture is investigated though an intervention with black and white objects. You are most likely to find garden chairs, plastic pallets and somewhere a blackbird singing the melody of the season. 

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25 YEARS OF DROOG

Posted:  April 11th 2018

For 25 years, Droog has been working with many prominent Dutch designers on projects and products. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the platform, Droog is organising a range of activities. In Bergen the exhibition Do It Like Droog marks a special year in Museum Kranenburgh. While in Amsterdam an exhibition, Enter the Past snd See The Future, celebrates the highlights that have shaped the platform’s program since its founding in 1993. Enter the Past and See The Future will be on show from 26 April until 27 May 2018.

Look back at a few of the highlights that have made these decades so memorable.

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations several museums made some major acquisitions.

Recently MoMa in New York acquired the kokon chair from Jurgen Bey. Likewise, Het Centraal Museum in Utrecht brought in an extensive collection of 56 objects. Alongside this year Droog will generously donate its archive to the RKD in The Hague.

In April 1993 Droog made a debut at the International Salone del Mobile in Milan. Now, in 2018, the number of activities in Droog has grown to more than hundreds of projects and products. In the past decades Droog made exhibitions, gave lectures, produced and distribute products, published books and created a shop and hotel. Up until this day Droog responds to the latest developments in design with original yet relevant ideas.

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Do it Like Droog. 25 Years Droog Design until 21 May at Museum Kranenburg

Posted:  February 15th 2018


To mark the 25th jubilee year of both Museum Kranenburgh and Droog, the museum brings together iconic designs from Droog’s collection in an exhibition entitled Do it Like Droog. Museum Kranenburgh’s green surroundings formed the starting point for the spatial design that designers Koehorst in ‘t Veld created for this exhibition. It takes shape in a walk through a graceful botanical garden, in which the Droog objects are positioned alongside aluminium borders and flower beds, in full bloom. The exhibition route encompasses the entire museum premises, including the exhibition rooms, as well as the museum shop, the garden and the Kranenburgh sculpture forest. With this first presentation of the discipline design, Kranenburgh once again broadens its scope of art.

For more information please visit their website

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NEW LUXURY – SERIOUS SEDUCTION until 3 April 2018 at Hôtel Droog

Posted:  February 12th 2018

What do we think of when we think about luxury? We think about items that are produced in exclusive and limited editions with expensive materials. About items that are scarce and difficult to obtain. Products that distinguish the owner from others or that confirm a certain social status.

However if ‘luxury’ has become fashionable and anyone can acquire a purse with a waiting list or a pair of Laboutin’s, than – by definition – it is no longer a luxury. Thus the luxury industry is looking for new trends so that their clientele can keep on distinguishing themselves from others. The contours of a new luxury are on the horizon: one in which sustainability plays a major role.

Luxury and sustainability. Are there two terms that are further apart? We associate sustainability with sober, moderate and less. Also we believe that we have to sacrifice something to be sustainable. Surely it is possible to give a sustainable product a seductive and glamorous design that radiates pleasure!

This exhibition presents work by ten Dutch designers that are very able to design sustainable products that seduce. This exhibition presents luxury and abundance as a good investment for the future.

With work by Demakersvan, Golden Joinery, Humade, Heleen Klopper, Dirk van der Kooij, Simone Post, Ariëlle van der Vaart, Richard Vijgen, Karin Vlug & Lisa Konno, and Sander Wassink & Maya Pesach.

Exhibition design: Eric Sebastiaan Roelen

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Artifex Lezing door Richard Hutten en Nadine Gouders (26 november 2017)

Posted:  November 9th 2017

Op 22 september opende in Centraal Museum de tentoonstelling Vroeg Droog: de beginjaren van Droog Design. Het Centraal Museum kocht precies twintig jaar geleden voor het eerst Droog Design aan en bezit inmiddels de grootste museale collectie Droog Design ter wereld. Op zondag 26 november organiseert Artifex samen met het Centraal Museum een lezing over de beginjaren van Droog Design met Droog Design ontwerper Richard Hutten en conservator in opleiding bij het Centraal Museum.

Tijdens de lezing vertelt Richard Hutten, ontwerper, over de beginjaren van het ontwerpcollectief Droog Design. Hoe werd Droog ontvangen? En wat heeft het betekend voor Dutch Design? Vervolgens is Nadine Gouders, conservator in opleiding bij het Centraal Museum, aan het woord. Zij zal ingaan op hoe Droog Design zo snel in de museale collectie van het Centraal Museum terecht is gekomen en wat het belang is van Droog Design binnen de verzameling toegepaste kunst van het museum.

Datum: zondag 26 november 2017
Tijd: 11:00-12:30 uur
Locatie: Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Kaarten voor deze ‘Droog Design Lezing’ reserveren via Artifex op www.artifex.nu

Photo: Centraal Museum, Utrecht/Ernst Moritz

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Rethink – lecture by Renny Ramakers at The Future Dublin, November the 4th, 6pm

Posted:  November 1st 2017

On Saturday November the 4th, Renny Ramakers will present her take on what is needed for the Future at the international immersive festival The Future in Dublin, Ireland. The Future invited Renny to speak as a lead speaker on the Vision Stage and to explain her ideas on the power of rethinking. She will share her view that cities have never been so diverse as they are now. She sees a world full of contradictions and oppositions as an opportunity to change established notions.

Saturday November 4, 2017
6pm
RDS (The Royal Dublin Society)
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, D04 AK83

Get your tickets here

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