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Top 10 best Dutch designers according to the experts

23 April - 2019
by Vincent Moleveld
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The experts chose the next top 10 from Dutch designers. Do you also agree with the top 10 best Dutch designers?

1. Bertjan Pot

The Dutch product designer Bertjan Pot is known for his quirky designs. For him, design is a search for a simple but unique solution. Only when material and construction have been brought together in a logical combination for him does his design succeed. His choices seem simple but often have something unusual. The results are known: the "Random Light", the "Stairway to Heaven", the "Random Chair" and its series of masks.

Bertjan Pot

2. Hella Jongerius

The designer Hella Jongerius owes her fame to the way in which she brings together industrial and traditional, high-tech and low-tech, traditional and contemporary design. In 1993 she founded the Jongeriuslab design studio, where she carries out her own projects and also creates products for renowned clients such as Maharam, Danskina, IKEA and KLM.

Hella Jongerius

3. Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman is a Dutch designer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is particularly known for his experimental designs using new technologies.

Joris Laarman

4. Piet Hein Eek

Designer Piet Hein Eek made a cupboard out of scrap wood during his graduation and put himself on the design card. Never before had anyone made design furniture out of waste material. Nowadays this design is called the Classic Cupboard in Scrapwood. The time in which he designed the cupboard was a time of "excess." As a counter-movement, he opted for a simple material, the scrap wood, in combination with a sober design.

Piet Hein Eek

5. Studio Makkink & Bey

Studio Makkink & Bey has been working within various segments of applied art since 2002, investigating the tension between the private and public domain. Critical research is leading in issues concerning public space, urban design, architecture, exhibition design, interior design and product design. Urban design, architecture and landscape design are seen as inextricably linked to other product design. The development of the architecture is influenced by the invention of the light bulb, the construction of a house affects the interior and skyscrapers would not exist if the elevator had not been invented.

Studio Makkink & Bey

6. Maarten Baas

The design of Maarten Baas is located between art and design. You can describe his work as rebellious, humorous, intellectual and artistic. As a Dutch designer, Maarten Baas has completely conquered his place in the design world. His work has been included in many a museum collection such as: Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, MoMa, Museum of Modern Art, Victoria Albert. He also works for exclusive brands such as: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Swarovski and Dom Ruinart.

Maarten Baas

7. Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma (1980) has built up an enormous reputation despite her young age. Christien Meindertsma is not a writer, but she has initially become known for her impressive books. 

For her first book, Meindertsma bought a container full of seized objects at Schiphol. She cataloged them and photographed them piece by piece. In addition to books, Meindertsma also designs utensils and furniture. 

Christien Meindertsma always goes back to the basics: the material when designing these objects. All materials used by Meindertsma have a story. Meindertsma designs rugs, ottomans, chairs and lamps, among other things.

Christien Meindertsma

8. Scholten & Baijings

Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings have been a successful design duo since 2000: Scholten & Baijings. The leading Dutch designers are known for their minimalist, refined style and recognizable use of color. What is striking about the design style of Scholten & Baijings is that they first choose materials and colors, and then come up with a product. And that studio style produces very unique creations!

Scholten & Baijings

9. Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is known from his own studio and as art director of dutch design brand Moooi. His best known design is the Knotted chair (1996), this famous design also meant his breakthrough. In 1997 he won the Rotterdam design prize with this chair.

Marcel Wanders

10. Ineke Hans

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London (1995), Ineke Hans has developed her work in different directions. Hans worked at Habitat UK for three years on mass-produced furniture and product collections before moving to the Netherlands in 1998 to set up her own studio INEKE HANS / ARNHEM. Since then, Hans' small studio has been working on events, interiors, furniture and products. Ineke Hans designs her own collections that she presents internationally.

Ineke Hans