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Composition II (Still Life)
Theo van Doesburg (Dutch; 1883-1931)
Oil on canvas
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

Some more Art Deco - Villa Isola.
Overlooking the valley with the view of the city, Villa Isola was completed in 1933 by the Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker for the Dutch media tycoon Dominique Willem Berretty, the founder of the Aneta press-agency in the Dutch East Indies. Berrety almost went bankrupt when building the villa. He died in a plane crash 3 months after completing the villa.


A former artist’s studio in an early 20th century building is now the ideal home of two fashion professionals, in Amsterdam.

Refurbished by Dutch architect and interior designer Ruud van Oosterhout, this 250-m2 period-apartment in Amsterdam’s museum district features a new modernity, with its bright, white and open spaces, the large windows, vintage and contemporary furniture, design icons and modern art pieces, and a stunning hypnotic and white staircase, that connects the different floors. An airy and elegant flat, quite and peaceful.


’Wendingen’ Magazine Covers 

 ‘Wendingen’ (Upheaval), one of the principal sources for chronicling the history of twentieth-century design and architecture. Pub- lished between 1918 and 1931, virtually all of its 116 issues were edited and designed by Hendrik Theodorus Wijdeveld (1885-1989), a Dutch architect and designer who trained under Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright. Influenced by Nieuwe Kunst (Dutch Art Nouveau), ‘Wendingen’ was resolutely eclectic in design and content, and gave equal coverage to Expressionist, individualist and even mystical sensibilities.

Maison particulière = Private Residence
Theo van Doesburg (Dutch; 1883–1931) and Cornelis van Eesteren (Dutch; 1897–1988)
1923 (reconstruction by Tjarda Mees, 1982)
Wood and Perspex
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands
© Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands

The Barcode Flag.

In 2002, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his architecture firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed a new flag in response to Commission President Romano Prodi’s request to find ways of rebranding the Union in a way that represents Europe’s “diversity and unity”.
The proposed new design was dubbed the “barcode”, as it displays the colors of every European flag (of the then 15 members) as vertical stripes.
As well as the barcode comparison, it had been compared unfavourably to wallpaper, a TV test card, and deckchair fabric. Unlike the current flag, it would change to reflect the member states.