Sandwichbikes + Van Gogh Museum

Five masterpieces from the famous Dutch artist, now available in bike form

Though it was first conceived as a curious concept by Dutch design agency Bleijh nearly a decade ago, our initial introduction to the Sandwichbike came in 2013 during Milan Design Week. Shipped flat-packed, the predominately wood frame design is as unconventional a bike can be without losing its defining two wheels and sharp geometry. Recently Sandwichbike has grown as a standalone company, and earlier this …

VL92 Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit

A vibrant Dutch tipple conveniently and handsomely packaged

More than just curious paper packaging (though it is lovely, thanks to design agency Rare Fruits Council), VL92‘s Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit is a smart option for the ever-famous cocktail—and those who want to quickly whip it up. With the recipe incorporated onto the bag design, anyone can easily perfect this classic concoction. The kit includes Fentimans tonic as their preferred partner, and the …

Summer Dreams at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Archivist Alfred Marks curates the Rotterdam institute's architectural materials to tell the story of how the Dutch spend their leisure time

Having served as an archivist at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut, for the past two decades, Alfred Marks is making a curatorial debut with “Summer Dreams,” an exhibition inspired by the way the Dutch spent their leisure time in the last century. Through his impressive experience with the institute’s 550+ archives—which cover the work of countless Dutch architects and designers from the period 1850-2000—Marks noticed a …

Studio Visit: Dirk Vander Kooij

A further look at the promising designer, his Eindhoven workshop and what's to come for Dutch Design Week

Less than three years ago we watched the budding Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij explain his graduation project to a packed house at Cape Town’s Design Indaba conference. The Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus humbly presented Endless Flow, a “dining table chair” made from recycled refrigerator plastics. Warming up with some slides of refrigerator graveyards and design inspiration, suddenly things got interesting when Vander Kooij showed …