Events — 24 Apr 2016

Speakers are: Ingeborg de Roode (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam); Marjan Groot (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Moderator: Lennart Booij (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam). To join panel discussion: Professor Cees Dam. Extra gallery talk: Azinta Plantenga (freelance art historian applied art and design).

Entrance ticket Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50
Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
24 Apr, 12:30 AM until 3:00 AM
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The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Dutch Originals present a lecture program Living in the Amsterdam School, on the occasion of the centennial of the founding of W.H. Gispen’s design firm. Works by Gispen currently presented in the museum offer surprising points of departure and raise interesting questions about the history of Dutch interior design for this afternoon forum with design experts.

Although the furniture by W.H. Gispen is known for its typical Rotterdam functionality, few people are aware that he began in the style of the Amsterdam School. This fact leads to several questions about the development from Dutch bravado to functionality: How has this development occurred since the Amsterdam School? How does the Amsterdam School relate to Dutch functionalism? Specialists offer insights on the key turns in Dutch design history and speak to the surprising departures of famous Dutch interior designers.


2.30 – 2.45 Doors open
2.45 – 3.00 Welcome
3.00 – 3.40
Lecture | From Dutch Bravado to Functionality by Ingeborg de Roode and Marjan Groot
3.40 – 4.00  Q&A | With special guest professor Cees Dam. Moderatie: Lennart Booij
4.00 – 4.45 Gallery Talks | guided tour by Ingeborg de Roode, Marjan Groot and Azinta Plantenga 
through the exposition
5 pm         End of program


Ingeborg de Roode (1962) studied art history at Leiden University. She has been the curator of industrial design at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2001. In this capacity, she has organized many exhibitions (such as the recent survey Marcel Wanders Pinned Up: 25 Years of Design) and helped develop the well-received design collection presentation for the Stedelijk reopening in 2012.

Marjan Groot is a design historian and collaborated with Ingeborg de Roode in conducting research for the exhibition Living in the Amsterdam School. She is a lecturer in the history of design for the bachelor’s and master’s programs of Arts and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam). During the program she will discuss characteristics from the Amsterdam School within an international framework.

Lennart Booij
has worked as curator of applied design for the curatorial team of the Stedelijk Museum since February 2016. He will be involved in research projects, collection presentations, and exhibitions – Booij’s first project is the Municipality Acquisitions 2016, which opens August 2016. As a moderator for this program, he will start a conversation with his colleague Ingeborg de Roode and academic Marjan Groot.

Azinta Plantenga is sinologist, applied art and design historian and worked as a research assistant on the exhibition Living in the Amsterdam School. She obtained her master’s degree in Art History with a specialization in applied art and design. 

Professor Cees Dam, is architect and Professor of Architecture and at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft. As a professor and in his work for Dam & Partners, he emphasizes that architects should continue to explore the field of product development and industrial design, and learn to see them in relation to architecture. He is a member of the committee of recommendation for Foundation Gispen Collection, the expertise center about the history of the company Gispen.

Additional ticket information
- You pay a one-off admission to the Museum, and an additional € 2.50 per part of the program
- Your ticket for this program also gives access to the all museum exhibition spaces
- It is not possible to buy a combination ticket. You must pay a museum entrance fee and  2.50 per program part separately
- Dutch Originals guests receive a special invitation