Interview with Richard Hutten : design elements


Interview with Richard Hutten

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Photo: via Efeitod

Richard Hutten is one of the most unconventional and successful Dutch designers. He introduced the ‘No sign of design’ into design in the nineties and the playfulness in the beginning of this century. In his own design studio in Rotterdam he produced designs for products, furniture, interiors and exhibitions. Richard Hutten has been honored with many awards, including Design plus and the Golden Monkey award. Last but not least: my sons love Richard’s  “Dombo” children mug. Reason enough to ask him for an interview :-) . Enjoy it. I sure did.

Cloud Chair by Richard Hutten, photo: via Freshouses

How would you describe your own style?

Playful, optimistic, conceptual.

When did you find out you wanted to become a designer?

I’ve been a designer all my life. Around the age of 16 I found out it could become my profession.

What do you enjoy most in your work?

The nice thing about my work is the whole process. Like with a football match, the fun is not in the final score, it’s in playing the whole game.

Playing With Tradition – a rug by Richard Hutten

Favorite item you’ve produced:

My three sons Abel, Boris and Wolf.

What are the “latest” trends in furnishings?

I have no clue. Trends are not of my interest. I hope optimism and playfulness.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

I’ve been very influential throughout my career. I’ve introduced the archetypes and ‘No sign of design’ into design in the early nineties, and I’ve introduced the playfulness in the beginning of this century, which is nice. But I don’t know if these is my biggest achievements. Being a good daddy is more important to me.

What inspires you?

People, specially beautiful woman….

Table of books by Richard Hutten, photo: via designws

What is your idea what a beautiful home should feel like?

Like a warm coat.

Do you read design blogs?


What books are you currently reading?

I’m re-reading the Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga. It’s my bible. An essay about the playing man.

What do you like to spend money on?

My home, my kids, my love, my life.

“Dombo” children mug by Richard Hutten, photo: via vrouwenpower

What does success mean to you?

Having fun and being able to do wat I want to do.

What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

Be yourself.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Love, fun, playfulness.


11 Kommentare zu “Interview with Richard Hutten”

  1. Luciane at am 03.12.2010 um 01:46 Uhr 


    This is super fun, he’s really fun too!

    I love the interview! Good job, sweetie.

    Have a great day,

    Luciane at

  2. Jude am 03.12.2010 um 06:05 Uhr 

    Thank you for sharing this lovely interview! What a great approach he has, I love that rug and his fun aesthetic. Just wonderful!

  3. mary jo matsumoto am 03.12.2010 um 10:40 Uhr 

    Great interview! I love his advice to be yourself–I couldn’t agree more. And how wonderful to put love first as the most important design element, this made quite an impression on me.

    xo Mary Jo

  4. Yvonne am 03.12.2010 um 15:48 Uhr 

    Hallo Maria, das ist interessant, kannte ich gar nicht! Tolle Interview!!!!
    Ganz viele liebe Grüße, Yvonne

  5. Nikki am 03.12.2010 um 20:14 Uhr 

    Great interview! Love his response to favorite item he’s designed. Such a unique style.

  6. design traveller am 03.12.2010 um 21:05 Uhr 

    Oh wow, this is the real design thought! I love the concept behind Playing With Tradition rug. Playful :)
    Great interview!

  7. Tereza am 03.12.2010 um 23:12 Uhr 

    Great interview, love what he said about a house should be like a warm coat.
    Thank you for your lovely comments.
    Have a nice weekend.

  8. Krystal/Village am 03.12.2010 um 23:57 Uhr 

    This was a fantastic interview – I am loving the pictures you showed of his work! Esp the table of books. He’s super playful, it’s really fun :)

  9. Julie am 04.12.2010 um 08:27 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview
    What impresses me most is his attitude to putting life and family first.. That translates to success in my books.. and perhaps influences his work,

    Have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  10. annechovie am 04.12.2010 um 19:36 Uhr 

    Very cool designer! Thanks for sharing, Maria! xx

  11. Diana Mieczan am 04.12.2010 um 22:58 Uhr 

    I really love this interview:) He sounds so cool and that book table is fantastic!
    Happy weekend, darling

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