What relationship do you find between Mexican and Dutch design? What do you think is what defines Dutch design?
The relationship between Dutch and Mexican design is one of inspiration. The current wave of Dutch designers gets inspired by nature and tradition. This has been long the case in Mexico. Dutch design is difficult to define, but I would say that it always aims to surprise and delight beyond the designer’s intent and viewer’s expectation.
How can designers prioritize environmental awareness in their designs? Is this an obligation of the designer? Should there be global laws in this regard?
I think all designers should choose their own path. Regulation in the arts is never a good idea. If they want to prioritize environmental awareness, they can start by using sustainable sources and materials, and the could produce in an environmentally responsible fashion.
What is the curatorial premise of this exhibition? Explain the process of choosing the designers involved in the exhibition. What are their similarities and their differences?
Sustainability starts with respect for nature and tradition. All designers in the exhibition show that respect, although all of them have a different approach. Some focus on production methods, others on the materials they use, and others on the topics they deal with.
What is the role of scientists in the design of these pieces?
Science could play a role in helping to develop sustainable production methods, liker in the case of Zandglas of Atelier NL or the FlaxChair by Christien Meindertsma.
What is the current status and the future of the Dutch design industry?
Dutch Design in the 20th century has gone from minimalism to extravagance. We are now seeing a new generation who rather whisper than scream, who rather focus on inherent beauty than on outward display,
What are the differences between curating an exhibition about art and one about design?
Art is defined by unique expressions of an artist’s emotions or intentions. Design is often produced in multiples and almost always produced for daily use. An exhibition on design therefore would show the objects “in use”, rather than as mere objects of wonder.