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Richard HuttenRichard Hutten graduated at the Academy Industrial Design Eindhoven in 1991. That same year he started his own designstudio, working on a variety of projects such as: furniture-, product-, interior- and exhibition design.
He developed his 'No sign of design' and 'Table upon table' concepts. He is one of the most internationally successful Dutch designers; a key exponent of "Droog Design", in which he has been involved since it's inception in 1993. His work is part of the permanent collections of, among others, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art Amsterdam, Vitra Museum Weil am Rhein, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Philippe Starck used some of Huttens designs for the interiors of the Delano Hotel Miami and the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles.
‘One of the most important aspects or features of a product is that it is functional. That’s why I became a designer rather than a sculptor or artist. But the function of a design is the starting point and may never be the goal. Sitting comfortably is not the only thing. It’s about what you add as a designer: it might be a story, technology, choice of material or form. A new product must have a reason. If it doesn’t, it is redundant.’
NgispeN is the new label from Gispen. Richard Hutten will be the creative director of the new label NGispeN with its collection of new Gispen designs specially aimed at the home furniture market.
‘Happily, Gispen is putting the emphasis back on design’, says Hutten,‘I look forward to being able to give the collection its own identity.’