Sep 24, 2009 10:57 AM
It makes a whole lot of sense that Dutch By Design would make organizers that were incredibly culturally Dutch-centric. Duh, it was totally obvious to us that their Canal House Box ($35) was based on "original 17th century Dutch canal houses." Don't feel bad, we're just born knowing that kind of stuff. But seriously, these funky carton boxes have the fun built in... these kooky designers meant for the blank outside to be decorated by the us. Sorry, but we're going to have to tag this mothaf****a up with graffiti art.
Here's the deal... During the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age was in full blast, and a decidedly eclectic architectural style called Baroque was popular. Baroque was a statement piece, to say the least; it had its roots in art of the Italian Counter-Reformation that added more diverse color and forms and increased sculptural intensity to buildings as visual representations of the prosperity of the Catholic Church. But the in the Netherlands, the Baroque style was understated, and in the domestic realm, narrow gabled buildings called canal houses reigned supreme. Because Amsterdam was never a castle, cathedral or palace town, canal houses, with their mighty space-efficiency, became emblematic of a clever nation. To this day, historic canal houses are protected as a symbol of the Golden Age and revered as small spaces with maximized potential. No wonder they've become organizational boxes.