Double Dutch

Dutch design has found itself celebrated internationally for a concept-heavy approach, which makes the three material-led examples profiled here all the more refreshing. While united in their shared commitment to the materiality of textile, Severine Amsing, BuroBELÉN and Studio Mae Engelgeer do not share the same ethos. Amsing hand-weaves meditations on light, undertaking every painstaking step of the production process herself; Lenneke Langenhuijsen and Brecht Duijf of BuroBELÉN have coined the phrase ‘materializers’ to refer to their wide ranging, but materials first approach; Mae Engelgeer of her eponymous studio admits to finding hand-weaving 'too slow' for her liking, instead seeking production opportunities that range from hand-knotted carpets in Nepal to industrial dobby weaving of contract fabric in Scotland. In their own ways each cites the importance of first-hand contact with materials – but their solutions to the realities of production could not be more different. As snapshots, these examples serve to show a different side to Dutch design – engrossed with the very stuff of textiles but seeking dramatically varied ways of making it real...

download full article Selvedge issue 78, 2017, pages 40-43

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    Victorian Bushfire by Severine Amsing