It's the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the Dutch in New York. Given the strength of Dutch design, it's no surprise that this is being celebrated by designers in NYC, first by Jan Habraken and Alissa Melka-Teichrow's exhibition 400 Years Later (covered by our video crew at ICFF in May) and now with Pioneers of Change, a Dutch design festival that will take over Governer's Island for two weekends this September.
Initiated by NY400 and curated by Renny Ramakers of Droog, the festival invites big Dutch talent to produce exhibitions, projects, and performances at the 11 officer's houses on the island. This includes 2012 Architecten, Atelier NL, Maarten Baas, Franck Bragigand, Droog with Marije Vogelzang, Herman Verkerk, Rianne Makkink and Hansje van Halem, Experimental Jetset, Pascale Gatzen, Christien Meindertsma, MVRDV and The Why Factory with Work Architecture Company, Painted, Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen, Parsons The New School for Design, Platform 21, Marcel Schmalgemeijer, NL Architects and Michael Schoner, Richard Hutten, Atelier van Lieschout, and Chris Kabel.
In addition to work from all of the above, there will be a Dutch pop-up shop (all merchandise under $100) and a series of discussions between designers from the Netherlands and New York concerning contemporary notions of luxury (for a start).
Don't miss this! Get full program and attendance details here.
Pioneers of Change
Governor's Island, NYC
September 11-13 & September 18-20
LAND! Image by the Experimental Jet Set for Pioneers of Change, courtesy of Droog
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.