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Discover Benelux | Design & Innovation | High-flying design pioneers
That is why smart solutions are devised here as a matter of course, from Fokker airplanes to Bugaboo children’s strollers. In a rapidly changing society, designers are the ones literally helping the world forward. The Dutch creative industry is one of the top sectors in which designers play a crucial role, and for a good reason. They are game changers, capable of converting societal issues concerning mobility, sustainability and health into innovative products and services that are both functional and visually attractive, smart and sustainable. Dutch designers are champions of lateral thinking, thinking along and counter-thinking. They come up with unexpected answers to contemporary questions, for example regarding the best ways to move around. Certainly in cities, mobility contributes immensely to the quality of life. People consider it a triumph or even a primary requirement that they can use the bicycle to get to work and to take the children to school or day care centres.
The Babboe cargo bike by Spark design & innovation.
dio Bleijh has got off to a flying start. He devised the Sandwichbike, which is a do-ityourself bicycle with a plywood frame. He developed special computer technology to control the machines that make the fifty required components. Along with some assembly tools and a user guide, everyone can build and customise this bicycle. Recently he even launched Van Gogh Sandwichbikes, in five different designs. The Sandwichbike 'Almond Blossom' from the Van Gogh series, by Designstudio Bleij.
The Sandwichbike Do-It-Yourself Box by Designstudio Bleij.
Smart Highway Designer Daan Roosegaarde also drew on Van Gogh, but then for his illuminated bicycle paths. The design is based on Van Gogh’s famous work, The Starry Night. Bicyclists can now safely wheel across a modern version of the painting. These innovative bicycle paths are a cultural spin-off of Roosegaarde’s roads of the future: the ‘Smart Highway’. Roosegaarde adds glowing lines to illuminate the road, using a type of 'glow-inthe-dark'-paint. This paint absorbs UV light in the daytime and radiates the light at night. This adds poetic charm as well as safety to the Dutch road infrastructure.
Cargo bike for families That is why Dutch designers enjoy designing all sorts of innovative bicycles, such as the cargo bike. That is why the Spark design & innovation agency, for example, designed the Babboe cargo bike for multichild families – and even a variant for dogs. This bicycle has quickly become a familiar fixture of the urban environment, and has also become hugely popular internationally.
Do-it-yourself bicycle And where would a designer think up a doit-yourself bicycle? In Amsterdam of course, where Basten Leijh of industrial design stu-
Portrait of Daan Roosegaarde at his Van Gogh inspired glowing bicycle path
Another smart solution: the intelligent app for your mobile phone called ‘Amsterdam Onderweg’. This app offers users their own ‘Superroute’. The app tells you, among other things, where traffic is snarled up, and adapts the user’s route accordingly. As you are advised to follow what is more or less an entirely personal route, road users are guided to their destinations using different roads. As a result, the traffic is distributed more widely across the road network, leading to less congestion.
Association of Dutch Designers In the midst of this swirling and rapidly changing world, the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) forms a rock solid base. As the main representative of the design sector in the Netherlands, BNO supports, facilitates, links together and unites thousands of creative professionals. With designers of every shape and form, ranging from self-employed designers to design agencies in every design discipline under the sun, it is this variety that makes BNO unique worldwide. These front-running designers work closely with their customers, public authorities, scientists and the BNO to keep us all moving ahead. Whether by cargo bike, flying car or intelligent app. www.bno.nl
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