Connecting the Dots: Issue 7 Launch in Amsterdam

Last Thursday, Stylesight attended the Issue 7 launch of design magazine Connecting the Dots

Co-published with ELLE Decoration in a rich back-to-back edition, the magazine offers insight into contemporary Dutch design.

For the current issue, eight, influential and established Dutch designers have been profiled by way of interviews and individual portraits. The designers, all 50+ years, represent a generation that was trained in design before computers entered the profession, and before a product’s only destination was a museum.

In highlighting this topic, the magazine hopes to give a renewed voice to this older generation of designers, and to explore what we might learn from them in terms of future design. Designers profiled include, Maria Blaisse, Frans de la Haye, Peter Krouwel, Ann Maes, Frans van Nieuwenborg, Bruno Ninaber and Wolfram Peters.

The launch event took up residence at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, and was presented by David Heldt. Guest speaker Peter van Kester (a curator and design journalist based in the Netherlands) also shared his project Ricette in Resina Naturale, which is due to be officially unveiled at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, this month.

Connecting the Dots will also be at Salone, hosting two debates at the PROOFF and UNStudio presentation spaces, under the name Connecting Items. Chaired by Connecting the Dots founder David Heldt, Wednesday’s debate is titled To Curate, or not to Curate, while Items Magazine’s Editor-in-chief, Max Bruinsma will lead Thursday’s discussion, Fluid Collaborations.

Connecting the Dots promotes Dutch Design during international design fairs and other key design events worldwide. The magazine will be available at all Dutch presentations during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013, free of charge. – Mona Dekker

Scroll down to see more from the launch event and Issue 7 below.

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