In recent years, Dutch Design has sharply diverged from its previous
course. A generation of designers trained in and shaped by the crisis
years chose new values and starting points. The focus is now on
inquisitive and collaborative makers who strive for social relevance
and, if possible, impact. This ‘post-crisis generation’ is committed and
optimistic, but also pragmatic and in possession of an eye for beauty.
Craftsmanship and local production are examined as realistic
alternatives to deadlocked systems of production and distribution. In
addition to art and design, science, technology, social studies and
politics are also seen as design arenas. In short, the latest generation
of designers is looking to substantiate the content of the profession
and make positive contributions to social issues.