Culturele Goodiebag Koningsdag 2021


Watch: artist video Royal Leerdam Crystal

This year 2021 marks a milestone in the history of Royal Leerdam Crystal, with the special celebration of Queen Maxima’s 50th as well as Princess Amalia 18th birthday. 
Royal Leerdam was inspired to produce a limited edition of the ”Maxima” and “Amalia vase”. Both Royal orange vases-  designed by famous Dutch artist Ans Markus - can be pre-ordered now at Royal Leerdam Crystal. 

Ever since 1878 beautiful crystal and glass has been shaped by hand and blown by mouth by Royal Leerdam Crystal. Craftsmanship, passion and decades of experience are the ingredients for this artisan craft. The most famous Royal Leerdam Crystal tradition is that of the so-called Oranje vaasjes. Since 1927 royal celebrations or historic events have been reason for Royal Leerdam Crystal to create Oranje vaasjes: small, orange-coloured vases to mark these occasion. 

The tradition started in 1927 when Chris Lanooy designed the first vase for the 18th birthday of Princess Juliana. The ribbed, onion shape vase with a small, short neck was inspired by an Orange apple – a symbol for the Dutch royal family. It was produced in the old Glass Factory Leerdam in a then newly developed colour: warm orange. The colour was found by accident by Lanooy in his quest to find clear red glass. Since that very first vase in 1927, a range of Oranje vaasjes have been created. The vases are designed by renowned Dutch designers such as Andries Copier, Kiki van Eijk and Marcel Wanders.

May 2021 “Maxima” and “Amalia vases”
To this very day the tradition of Oranje vaasjes is still alive and in 2021 two new Oranje vaasjes will be added to the collection to celebrate two special moments. On 17 May Queen Máxima turns 50 and on 7 December Princess Amalia turns 18. Royal Leerdam Crystal celebrates that these two powerful woman, who many look up to, reach these memorable ages! The Oranje vaasjes, created by Royal Leerdam Crystal in collaboration with Sommer Dutch Glass Art, will be mouthblown by the glassblowers from the Nationaal Glas Museum. 

For this occasion Ans Markus, a famous Dutch painter, was asked to design the two vases. She was inspired by the two royals sense of fashion in her design for the Oranje vaasjes. The contour of the two vases symbolize elegant evening gowns and together the two vases form a series. The design of Máxima 50 has already been revealed, that of the Amalia 18 vase will be in May.

The Oranje vaasje Máxima 50 will be issued from the 12th of May and in December Amalia 18 will follow. Both vases will be blown in a limited edition of 350 and can be pre-ordered via

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Watch: artist video DRIFT

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

©Corné Bastiaansen

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it. With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

©Corné Bastiaansen

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

DRIFT has realised numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); Stedelijk Museum (2018); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); Pace Gallery (2017) amongst others. Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2014, DRIFT was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.

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Watch: artist video Thed Konings

CooLoo and Thed Konings have brought together companies, institutions, designers, artists and architects who are  working on circular solutions in developing and creating unique, innovative and completely circular art and design. To challenge their thinking about what design can be in the future and to share this with the creative industry and society at large.

Thed Konings who graduated at Eindhoven Design Academy, is the fifth generation in a Dutch family of entrepreneurial artisans and skilled tradesmen. Konings has been creating highly personalised luxurious interiors and collectible design pieces for prestigious clientele and collectors for almost two decades. His work searches for contrast and cohesion, a dialogue between past and present. He was creator of the famous Dutch Dots Chair, a technical designed masterpiece in 2019.

In the same year he got inspired by the innovative production company CooLoo to take sustainable design a step further by designing a series of Mobilier d'Art that is completely circular. CooLoo specializes in the processing of waste flows and converting them into new finishing techniques, art pieces and products.

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CooLoo: Shaping a better world by thinking circular!

CooLoo develops and produces products and finishes for interiors, furniture, acoustic solutions and industrial applications based on innovative coating technologies. The freedom of form that these techniques offer in combination with the use of waste materials lead to unique, circular products  designed within the sustainable philosophy of CooLoo.

CooLoo believes that beautiful, high-quality design and art can be created sustainable within a circular economy with zero waste. Their ultimate goal is:  Shaping a better world by thinking circular.  Themes that are central to CooLoo's vision of how we need to use materials and create functional and stunning objects. This is why they teamed up with Dutch artist Thed Konings to create the CooLoo Circular Canopy and develop circular art and design pieces together with the inspiring team of collaborators and partners which will be presented at Masterly during the next Salone del Mobile in Milano.

©Anemo One

Settee “Bags of Waste” and “One Billion Euro Sofa”

The result is an inspiring collection of chairs and sofas made from waste materials. For example, the Settee "Bags of Waste" is made from recycled material and the material can be completely reprocessed. The base plate on which the mini-garbage bags stand is made of circular plate material from Ecor and the “waste bags” are made of used sandwich bags collected at the schoolyard, filled with waste from the upholstery industry. The settee is finished with crumbled waste leather.

The latest already iconic centre-piece called the “One Billion Euro Sofa” is completely made of recycled bank notes and will be exhibited later this year.



Watch: artist video Simone Post

Simone Post (*1990, Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a textile and product designer based in Rotterdam. She graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with honors in 2015 and has won several international awards.

Post’s work delves deep into color, surface, and print, and she has collaborated with companies such as Adidas, Kvadrat, and Vlisco. For Simone the finished product is not necessarily the most interesting aspect of the design process. She has a penchant for the process itself, experimenting to discover the hidden potential of materials and techniques.

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This always results in surprising outcomes exceeding the boundaries of materials, craftsmen and manufactures. Her focus is on bold and unexpected usages of materials, striving to preserve crafts and promoting sustainability.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide from Brazil, China, Italy, US to Moscow and has been acquired by multiple museums, including the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Cooper Hewitt in New York.



Watch: artist video Tim Dekkers

Tim Dekkers is 28 years old and lives in the Netherlands. In 2018 he graduated from the University of Arts in Utrecht (HKU) The Netherlands, With his fashion collection “The Parasitic Humanity”. He was nominated for the Young Talent Awards 2018. In January 2019 he received the HKU Award for Artistic Performance.

Almost immediately after graduation he started as a designer in the field of fashion, interior and art. He likes to explore the boundaries between fashion, design and art. His work is typical for the use of materials. He is always looking for materials that can support and tell his story and concept. He is guided by the materials. The Material determines what he can and cannot do. His preference therefore lies in the search for materials that are not used directly within the fashion field. The final silhouette is formed directly on the doll or human body.

In this collection he wanted the material to "grow" by itself. After a long research, he ended up with alum and polyurethane. 2 completely different materials. One is a biological material and the other an artificial material. Alum is a type of salt that is organic and can therefore be broken down by nature itself.

Parts of the outfits are put in a solution of alum and warm water. As the water cools down, the alum salts in the water will attach to the fabric. This creates naturally grown crystals on the garments. During this process he lets go of control and let the natural growth process take place. Once the water has cooled, the growth process stops.

The other material used is Polyurethane. In the liquid stage of the material, he uses a “wrong mixing ratio”. This ensures that the material expands by itself and takes on natural shapes. This is a special event, as polyurethane is normally poured into molds. By letting the material “grow” by itself, you get organic shapes inspired by the shapes of the mushrooms and fungal threads. The whole “growing process” takes about a week.



The designer of the King’s Day 2021 cultural presentation is Doris Konings. Next to her job - as graphic designer for the famous Dutch Amsterdam theater Company “Kleine Komedie”  she has her own company in graphic design and works for many (often) cultural organizations and companies.

Doris Konings is a graphic designer and artist. Her tools are shapes and colors and her specialization lays mostly in making digital drawings and animations. Subjects are peeled off to its core. By putting this "core", or "essence" in a simplified shape into a new color world, new, unsuspected and often cheerful images arise. According to Doris every color world has its own history, ideas, language and culture. And experienced traveler as she is, she takes us to the most wonderful places and views.