Copypaste History

Copypaste History

Cutting and pasting into the 21st century

Expo info

On show

October 21 - November 12, 2006

Starting point for Copypaste History is the strong tradition of Dutch design in the 20th century. Well-known designs are the Fokker F27 Friendship, the clapskate and the BRO 27 couch by Martin Visser. They have become true design icons. However, we have entered the next century and there is a whole new generation of designers working their way up. Most of them are building directly or indirectly on the achievements of the 20th century. There is an enthusiastic display of sampling and assembling, translated into funny references and serious examples. It is exactly this kind of building on traditions that forms the heart of Copypaste History.

Therefore, MU has in association with Thijs Bakker and Annemarie Klijn challenged five young Dutch designers to come up with a contemporary translation of a Dutch design icon. Educated at a range of different design institutes and working in various disciplines such as food design, fashion, graphic design, product design, and multimedia, each of them has chosen an icon from the past 100 years and redesigned the product from their perspective. Brought together in one exhibition, the source of inspiration (or aversion, as every generation reacts against the previous one) and the designs for the new century are a special addition to what the Dutch Design Week 2006 in Eindhoven has to offer.

Parallel to the design process that the five participants in Copypaste History went through, design critic Timo de Rijk has written an essay that is an in-depth exploration of the challenge that young designers at the beginning of a new century are confronted with. Attention will be given to questions about nostalgia and copyright. Was everything better in the past, or is there still a lot to improve? Does design change together with the society from which it originates, and to what extent? Art collective Extrapool/Knust from Nijmegen will print and bind the book by Timo de Rijk on the spot.

Participating designers in Copypaste History are Fons Schiedon, Studio Ditte, Franke Elshout, Machine, and Joline Jolink. Chosen icons are the Babuschka Russian Doll Dress by Viktor & Rolf, the New Amsterdam of the Holland-America line, the Philips compact cassette the scrap wood cupboard by Piet Hein Eek, and the (Dutch) fifty-guilder banknote by Ootje Oxenaar.

Copypaste History which is a part of the Dutch Design Week will be on view at MU daily from Saturday October 21 until Sunday November 12. The official opening will be on Saturday October 21 between 1 and 3 p.m. Opening hours can be found at and Entrance fee: 2 Euros. MU is located on the first floor of De Witte Dame (White Lady building), Emmasingel 20 in Eindhoven.

Extra: Gebekt Bestek
On Sunday October 22, Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29, MU will host Gebekt Bestek, a live talk show about design and designers. The talk show is also on view at

Entrance fee including breakfast: 7,50 Euros. Breakfast will be served by the cooking duo Keukenconfessions. Sign up at

Gebekt Bestekt is an initiative of Luk Sponsolee, Ilona Huvenaars, Mander Liefting and Josef Blersch.