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DUTCH DESIGN WEEK 2012 – PART SEVEN

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Natural

Greenest impressions of Eindhoven this year. Has the sustainability bubble collapsed or has it become an integral part of the process? Someone takes a ride on a natural fiber composite longboard and….fails. So far for usability,….or skills. Love aesthetics of that folded seat.

-Matt.

DUTCH DESIGN WEEK 2012 – PART THREE

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Conflict

After a first glance we read the text, talk to the designers and then take a second look. Every year the Dutch Invertuals work around a central theme and present their work as a team underlined by a strong format. This year it is all about conflict and the set up is rather intimate. I love the vases of Jeroen Wand who has experimented with different conditions and drying times of gyps to give each one its own character. A conflict between water and gyps resulted in rather thin coated or rough plastered surfaces.

-Matt.


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DUTCH DESIGN WEEK 2012 – PART TWO

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Genuine

Strijp S, Clock Building. In a far corner of the main exhibition we hear a tickling sound, click click click. A table surrounded by gray hair and young people. Knitting grannies passing craftsmanship skills to the next generation. Nothing but smiling faces. That DIY pullover from grandma is hip again.

-Matt.

PARIS REVIEW PART FOUR

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Wanna race?

White, bright with sharp graphics and many ying yang themed lines . Big spoilers, lotta carbon and colored details do the rest. I stand in front of a heavy weight champion and think how this car will look on a race track. Might it look like a truck next to a 911 or 458? Then again I think of the Bentley Boys and say, "gentlemen, we have a race!"

-Matt.

PARIS REVIEW PART TWO

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Flash

On home turf I had expected more from the french three. Less fireworks this year. A remedy for sombre times? Bright neon colors, here combined with late eighties graphics. Where is Andre Agassi? Nevertheless this French Tiguan looks good proportion wise and comes with the typical sharply carved Peugeot style. By the way, fresh colors at Lamborghini as well.

-Matt.

PARIS REVIEW PART ONE

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Lava

Refreshing approach in Paris. I am impressed with the Renault stand with its all new Clio. The car has grown and has some nice details. Underlying logic in volumes and graphics. Positive vibes. Even out of the bass speaker with its funky horn. The stand itself with its moving light bubbles, its volcanic landscape and all those Clios glowing as a stream of lava, coming in different shades, it's setting new standards in presentation. Look how the cars have being soft-spot lighted. France, douze points!

-Matt.