‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

As part of the rejuvenation of Rotterdam’s old harbor area of Katendrecht, known for its sailors’ bars and whorehouses, the city commissioned a combined art and lighting project. The winner was ‘Broken Light’ by lighting designer Rudolf Teunissen of Daglicht & Vorm. In the August issue of Architectural RecordI describe how his lighting gives the street a tranquility and a dignity it has never before known.

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Interview with Renny Ramakers of Droog Design at Vitra

Interview with Renny Ramakers of Droog Design at Vitra

At a gathering in the Vitra Design Museum I interviewed founder Renny Ramakers of Droog Design for Premsela’s series Pioneers of Industrial Culture. Download the free iTunes podcast here. I also toured the Vitra campus – a true architects’ playground – and saw the exhibition Confrontations, for which five Dutch designers worked together with local Swiss designers (more on that in my next Observation). Read the article…

Vrijheidstafelkleed van Maarten Baas

Vrijheidstafelkleed van Maarten Baas

Maarten Baas ontwierp voor het Amsterdams Comité 4 en 5 mei een tafelkleed met de namen van alle 780.559 Amsterdammers erop. Hij gebruikte een lettertype van collega-ontwerper en goede vriend Bertjan Pot onlangs voor het grote weefmachine van het TextielLab in Tilburg had ontwerpen, het Font of the Loom. Lees hier mijn stuk voor het NRC Handelsblad. Read the article…