What makes Dutch design so inextricably Dutch? If you were to abstract some lessons from famous Dutch designers--for example, Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, or the Droog design collective--then you'd say it's all about practical whimsy, and an emphasis on the beauty of natural flaws. But those ideals don't live just in the studio--they're in the water.
For proof, you don't have to look any further than the way some Dutch repair what's broken. Platform 21, a design think tank obsessed with reusing objects, issued a Repair Manifesto and then launched a contest to find "The Most Remarkable Repair." They received over 60 entries. On August 31st, the competition results will be announced, with the winner judged by repairman, a tool tester, and an inventor.
In the meantime: Dammit if the Dutch entries don't look Dutch! These aren't the ugly duct-tape jobs you'd find over at There I Fixed It. You can easily picture a number of these ideas in a design museum. Like I wrote above: Practical whimsy, natural flaws.
A banister repair by an anonymous entrant:
A coke-bottle used to repair a broken drain pipe, shattered by an errant soccer ball, by Jaap van der Feer:
Cindy Wouters describes this repair of an Ikea lamp as well as any furniture designer at a design fair: "With the repair I exegerated its new unique character. The mysterious opening makes you curious, you get to peep at the light."
There's a similar attitude to Marcel van der Drift's make-shift patch: "Zipper closed: I’m decent. Zipper open: I’m cool."
So Dutch it hurts: Calypso Schuijit didn't want to add fabric to make an old shrunken sweater fit better. So she cut hundreds of tiny slits in it, to enlarge it ever so slightly:
And last, Liaf Lijberts resusitates a hammer with a broken handle: "With this new bit of wood I can use it again and I think it looks prettier and more robust now." Spoken like a Dutchman:
Check out the rest of the entries here.
[Via Core 77]