“The May of life blooms but once”, reflects Friedrich Schiller, continuing, “It has faded for me”.1

Cheer up Freddie!!!

And there’s nothing quite like a good architecture or design exhibition to revitalise all your faculties.

Our recommended fertilizers for the zest of life in May 2022 can be found in Berlin, Den Haag, Brussels, Pfäffikon SZ and Amsterdam…….

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for May 2022

The Historia Supellexalis J for Jongerius


A Hella; A Lab; An Open-ended exploration

“The problem”, elucidated Herman Hertzberger in 1973, in context of his project for the Centraal Beheer insurance company in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, “was to make an office building that would be a working place where everybody would feel at home: a house for 1000 people.”1

How Herman Hertzberger sought to solve that problem not only helping explain aspects of the development of architecture in the course of the 20th century, nor only aspects of the development of office design in the course of the 20th century, but also being informative in context of the problems associated with designing our contemporary, and future, office spaces……

The Centraal Beheer Office Building, Apeldoorn, by Herman Hertzberger, at its official opening on November 1st 1972 (photo Nationaal Archief via https://commons.wikimedia.org cc0)

Design Derby Netherlands Belgium Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Mart Stam Thonet Gaston Eysselinck typistchair

“The real jewel of my disease-ridden woodlot is the prothonotary warbler”, confided the American author, ecologist and conservationist Aldo Leopold

niek wagemans nachbar Dutch Embassy berlin High Tea Table Daan den Houter

As we noted in our original post on Niek Wagemans’ nachBAR project for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, we sadly

niek wagemans nachbar berlin

With their high walls, locked gates, uncooperative guards and more video cameras than your average broadcasting company need to cover

It’s not all hard work you know. Just read a nice little article on dutch design portal design.nl in which