Frans van der Put

A new book tells the life story of one of the Netherlands' first industrial designers and provides a personal take on the development of the field in the Netherlands. Frans van der Put, 40 jaar industriële vormgeving en Philips-designmanagement. 1950–1990 will come out in January. 

Frans van der Put was one of the country's first industrial design students and has watched the field take shape since then. He's also placed his own subtle but important stamp on it as the design manager at Philips, an instructor and board member at the Akademie Industriële Vormgeving Eindhoven (now the Design Academy Eindhoven) and a board member at the Kring Industriële Ontwerpers. At Philips, Van der Put served as the design department's second in command under successive leaders Rein Veersema, Knut Yran and Bob Blaich. In all his roles, Van der Put has revealed himself to be a gifted diplomat and thinker with a passion for his profession as well as a big heart.

Frans van der Put takes a close look at his family background, professional choices and 40-year career as well as the companies and organisations he's worked with. The book features personalities including Louis Kalff, René Smeets and Wim Gilles, who have influenced Van der Put’s thoughts and actions and helped to guide industrial design’s evolution in the Netherlands in general and at Philips in particular.

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Louis Kalff Instituut
Frans van der Put is the second publication of the Louis Kalff Instituut, a heritage centre for industrial design archives. The institute works to improve the preservation and management of industrial design heritage materials and makes them available for education, research, and inclusion in books, lectures and exhibitions. The Louis Kalff Instituut receives support from Premsela and the Regionaal Historisch Centrum Eindhoven (RHCe). Through its support for the institute, Premsela aims to improve the public accessibility of design heritage. The Louis Kalff Instituut is headquartered at the RHCe.

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Frans van der Put launch
Delft University of Technology industrial design professor emeritus Aat Marinissen and former Design Academy Eindhoven director Jan Lucassen will speak at the launch of Frans van der Put.

Date: Fri 14 Dec
Time: 4–5pm (door 3.30pm); drinks to follow
Location: Philips Design, Building HTC-33, High Tech Campus, Professor Holstlaan 1, 5656 AE Eindhoven (park in 4 West garage; HTC-33 is directly across from Zuid 33 exit)
Admission: Free; register at

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Title: Frans van der Put, 40 jaar industriële vormgeving en Philips-designmanagement. 1950–1990
Author: Ivo Blanken
Design: vanRixtelvanderPut ontwerpers
Publisher: [Z]OO producties
Language: Dutch
ISBN: 978-90-74009-91-1
Cover price: €22
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