Earlier this year we saw an Italian-inspired version of Motif’s remodelled showroom that revolves around the idea of casual elegance. Now, the importer of taste in luxury designs has welcomed the best works of five global brands and design collectives under the “Dutch Design” gimmickry – fresh but yet spiced with a little sprinkle of humour.
For those unfamiliar with Dutch Design, the term was first used in Milan back in 1993 with the marked characteristics of being practical and minimal. The movement continues further with the signs of innovative and unconventional experiments through the juxtaposed use of colours, shapes and surface materials. In which, it’s centric to creating the wow factors you’d be swept off your feet for – but with the simplicity and practicality remained.
“If Italian design is about mystified depth that places its importance on craftsmanship and cultural heritage, then Dutch design is everything from minimalism to practicality of use. Not just being simple, but also whimsical, playful and humorous. Full of perfection, high on individuality and very contemporary. “ said Akarat Vanarat, Founder and Managing Director of Motif.
In courtesy of Motif’s Dutch Design exhibition, a series of five global-scale brands and collectives, namely Moooi, Artifort, Leolux, Linteloo and Ilfari have put on a show for all the Motif fans, as well as art and design enthusiasts who’re fond of something minimal but, at the same time, spicy in taste.
Taking the creative spirits from the world’s designers, Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, Moooi’s designs are novel, creative and unexpected. Plus, the furniture is apt for an everyday use despite its rich cultural context. Moooi never stops looking for new ideas, perspectives, as well as unrivalled materials from designers of modern generations. Their works are consisted of lights, furniture and accessories that don’t just reflect the owner’s taste of choice, but also make an exquisite statement everywhere they appear.
Founded in 1890 by Jules Wagemans, Artifort emphasises its core value on product’s functionality, ease of use, quality and splendid design. Its principle is centred around turning every design idea of creativity into a feasible reality through the brand’s adherence in high-class production by a group of well-executed craftsmen – an investment that will last you for a lifetime, indeed.
Established by the Sanders since 1934, Leolux’s design works were initially inspired by a twist and mix of Italian and Scandinavian designs, creating an innovative technique that was fresh and new to the industry at the time. Fast forward until the modern day, the brand persists in every fine detail of the furniture adhering to its deft craftsmanship, meticulous delicacy, as well as a design of minimalism – less but certainly more.
Linteloo was born from Jan te Lintelo’s passion in the work of designs and furniture pieces, of which the brand’s chief value is glued to the philosophy of ‘living a luxury life in a comfortable way’. The brand offers a range of products from household furniture to lights, and even a selection of carpets – all depict a life of simplicity but yet full of unlimited joviality. Besides, Linteloo also has a customisation service where customers can have their home spaces decorated with a piece of furniture that’s of their own – to reflect, resonate and resound who they truly are.
Pronounced for its outstanding items of lighting equipment, Ilfari is very much embraced by a group of art and design enthusiasts for its prominent design works, as well as the Dutch Design we love. The brand’s product offerings are a portrait of various cultures and perspectives through the eyes of designers including artists from around the world. Its character is infused by hand-crafted techniques made from top-of-the-line metals, as well as crystals from Swarovski to provide a space of lavishness with one’s identity hidden inside.