November 22nd 2015 - May 15th 2016
Beurs van Berlage
1012 ZJ Amsterdam
Berlage could be considered to be the most important designer in Dutch history. He not only designed the Beurs van Berlage, but also the many exceptional objects and pieces of furniture inside the building. His influence on the appearance of the Netherlands is immense. The building of the former stock exchange is generally seen as the starting point of modern Dutch architecture. Contemporary designers still take inspiration from his work. The exhibition testifies: Berlage’s DNA continues to affect, his design principles are very much alive in contemporary Dutch Design.
Berlage, Godfather of Dutch Design showcases authentic pieces of furniture from Berlage hand from the turn of the century. Many of them unique historical pieces from the the Beurs van Berlage’s collection. The exhibit dissects Berlage’s style and presents the grace and tenacity of current Dutch Design through a number of contemporary examples. Works of more than 20 Dutch designers can be seen in the exhibition, among them Maarten Baas, Dirk Vander Kooij and Joost van Bleiswijk.
The exhibition coincides with the re-opening of the renovated Beurs van Berlage. The new Beurs van Berlage houses a brand new exhibition space in the basement, fittingly introduced with Berlage, Godfather of Dutch Design.
Dirk Vander Kooij contributed a Not Only Hollow Chair to this exhibition.