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Project: "XXS Dutch Design"
Company:Trapped in Suburbia
Designer(s): Cuby Gerards, Karin Langeveld, Netherlands
Category: Print, Professional
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Entry Description: XXS Dutch Design shows the design process of a stamp. From the vast collection of stamps designed over the years, the museum shows the works of of Dick Bruna, Irma Boom, de Designpolitie, Rineke Dijkstra, Joost Swarte, Anton Corbijn and Studio Job. Stamp design is a very rich Dutch Design tradition and stamps are seen as miniature works of art. The stamps tell stories about all kinds of subjects, it is the world on a tiny piece of paper. With this exhibition design we wanted visitors to step into this world by making the stamps lager then life, we wanted them to be submerged in a sea of 1.200 stamps. Next to this the new royal stamp of King Willem Alexander will be presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition was opened on 27th of November by King Willem Alexander.

About the Designer/Company
Trapped in Suburbia was born in the beginning of 2004 in ‘Mariahoeve’, a suburb of the Hague, Holland. It all started with Cuby Gerards and Karin Langeveld working from their home, a tiny apartment on the third floor. And because we like to use humour in our work we thought it was a good idea to put a little humour in the name as well. Hence the name ‘Trapped in Suburbia’. Cuby studied photography, graphic & typographic design and advertising. He started his career in advertising and returned to designing when we started Trapped in Suburbia, thus combining the best of both worlds. Karin studied graphic & typographic design and got her masters degree in Design at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. After working as an independent designer for several years she joined forces with Cuby and the result is Trapped in Suburbia. Since 2006 Karin teaches typography to third grade students of the art school in Utrecht. Next to the design agency we also run the art gallery ‘Ship of Fools’ with which we focus on contemporary graphic arts. We also organise creative events like ‘Don’t Believe The Type’ and ‘Analog Fest’. We like to inspire not only ourselves but also other designers and give them an opportunity to present themselves and interact with each other.