Design.nl, online platform for Dutch design, will take the form of an archive as of May 1. Het Nieuwe Instituut, owner of the website, is currently considering a new take on Design.nl that connects to the mission of Het Nieuwe Instituut and to current developments in digital information. In the meantime, the website will be updated occasionally with material from related activities at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Premsela, Dutch Institute for Design and Fashion (now part of Het Nieuwe Instituut) has played an important role in supporting (Dutch) design since 2002. The website Design.nl, an international discursive platform for Dutch design, played a key role in their work. Premsela not only commissioned the website, investing in technology and hosting, it also gave assignments to editors such as Gabrielle Kennedy and Cassandra Pizzey, and attracted a large audience in the design sector.
Het Nieuwe Instituut was given a new remit by the Dutch government. Instead of focusing on a specific sector the institute works from a multidisciplinary perspective and organises an exhibition, studio and research programme around the themes of Landscape and Interior, The Things and The Materials and time-related themes such as 2014-1914: Conflict and Innovation. Maintaining a sectoral, discursive website does not fit the new mission of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Developments in the field of digital information and in the design field prompted the decision to not continue the site in its current form. The role of social media, national and international design blogs and new design platforms in the form of, for instance, conferences and publications, call for a new interpretation of the current website.
In the meantime all of the website’s content remains available and will take the form of an archive until further notice. The website will be updated occasionally with material from related activities at Het Nieuwe Instituut, starting with the article ‘Interior Decorating in Wartime’ by Matthew Stadler. Reports, video recordings and other outcomes of Het Nieuwe Instituut will be published on Design.nl