November 16 2010
Aficionados of modern design will already know that Dutch designers are some of the wittiest in the world, and to see what the Netherlands has to offer contemporary interiors, I recommend logging on to Dutchbydesign.com. Launched seven years ago, DbD has an impressive track record (it was the first company to bring Tord Boontje’s bestselling Midsummer and Icarus lights to the UK) and a stockist list that includes must-have names such as Marcel Wanders and Droog (pronounced, as the very informative “meet the designers” section explains, “Droach” with a hard “ch”).
It’s well worth having a wander through all seven departments (plus a sale section) as there’s a huge range of desirable goodies on offer: “Funky Gifts for Kids”, for example, has one of those pedal-free wooden bikes that all the chicest small people ride these days (first picture, £85), while “Furniture” tempts with the deeply cool Slide glass coffee table (third picture, £195) and “Clocks” proffers a most amusing Digital Cuckoo Clock (£79.95).
However, if time presses and you need your stylish kicks, go straight to “Lighting”, where you will find, among many other impressive creations (such as the Icarus lampshade, fourth picture, £75), a couple of pieces made with milk bottles that no discerning postmodern home should be without: Droog’s Milk Bottle Lamp (single, £139.95) and its Milk Bottle Lamp chandelier (second picture, £985).