Modern furniture has taken over with its minimalistic and clean designs, but did you know those characteristics are also the basis for Dutch design? While you’re probably used to seeing modern furniture, you may not realize you are surrounded by Dutch design! Here are some common places you might see Dutch design.
Your Favorite Coffee Shop
A lot of coffee shops have been moving towards low to the ground tables made entirely out of metal or a mix of metal and wood for a clean and functional style. These tables are the epitome of modern furniture and are a perfect way for coffee shops to create an inviting space to socialize or work.
While you might expect the Dutch design inspired furniture in your coffee shop, you may be surprised where else this style is popping up. Pay attention the next you are in a hip boutique coffee shop where all the baristas are wearing leather aprons? That’s another great example of the functionality of Dutch design! Dutch design is not only focused on furniture but can be incorporated into any aspect of your life.
If you are hanging around your coffee shop, you might notice another example of Dutch design: functional yet artistic mugs!
The next time you stop into your favorite coffee shop, take a peek around and you could be surprised at what you see.
A lot of businesses have started to incorporate Dutch design into their offices since modern furniture helps create a clean, functional look even in tight spaces. Pay attention next time you enter the lobby or waiting area of a modern office building, chances are The comfortable and stylish chairs in the lobby are Dutch design. Have you looked around at your coworkers’ spaces lately though? If you are looking for a clean and functional Dutch design look for your workspace, you might consider incorporating a minimalistic wall clock (i.e. tone35) or organize your desk by using the TRI by Intuitiefabriek. Dutch design can be with you traveling to and from work with these two trendy work bag options depending if you are going for a modern sophisticated look (Olivia bag by O my bag) or a modern trendy look(albert kuijp back pack unbegun).
A Night on the Town
You meet up with a friend, and you notice she is wearing a beautiful new layered necklace. This could very well be by a Dutch designer? While many people associate Dutch design with modern furniture, it can also be incorporated into clothing and jewelry. If it’s a little chilly out grab your 100%, cashmere scarf - that can also be Dutch design!
A trendy bar is another prime place to find Dutch design elements. Like a leather bar stools, a decanter for wine or water or and the sheepskin wine coozy to keep your wine at the perfect temperature. And lest we forget the bartender with her stylish leather apron?
Although you’re likely good at spotting modern furniture, we challenge you to start paying attention to other places in your life where Dutch design may appear. Need some clues or inspiration? You can find beautiful examples of Dutch jewelry, scarves, bags, and kitchenware in our store.
Are you interested in learning more about Dutch design? You can learn all the fundamentals in our Dutch Design 101 Blog.