Richard Hutten

Richard G. J. Hutten
Richard Hutten, 2015.jpg
Richard Hutten, 2015
Born30 March 1967
Amsterdam, Netherlands
AwardsDutch Furniture Award, 1996[1]
WebsiteHutten design studio

Richard G. J. Hutten (born 30 March 1967, in Zwollerkerspel) is a Dutch industrial designer, art director, and artist who is active in furniture design, product design, interior design, and exhibition design.[2][3]


Hutten graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1991 and started his own design studio [4] in Rotterdam after the same year.

Hutten has been involved with Droog Design (Dry design) since its inception in 1993 and has been a prominent exponent ever since.

Hutten is known for what he refers to as "No sign of design"[5] furniture: functional furniture in a conceptual and humorous style. Hutten's "Table upon table" concept an example of this style.[6]

He designed the seating for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam using circular economy principles, so that all materials are either recycled, recyclable or biodegradable.[7][8]



The work of Hutten has also been exhibited in the Netherlands from Rotterdam (Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen), Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum), Utrecht (Centraal Museum), Den Bosch (Museum het Kruithuis) to Breda (Museum De Beyerd),

In Europe there have been presentati, such as in Ghent, Belgium, in Germany in Berlin, Bremen (Ubersee Museum), Cologne, Stuttgart (Design Centre) and Weimar and further on in London, Paris, Milan, Verona (Abitare il Tempo), Copenhagen (Louisiana Museum), and Helsinki (Industry Museum & Alvar Aalto Museum).

Outside Europe his work is shown among other places in New York City (Museum of Modern Art), Montreal, Toronto, Tokyo (Idée, E&Y), Osaka, and San Francisco (Museum of Modern Art).

In 2021, the exhibition “Emphatic: Discovering a Glass Legacy” at Punta Conterie Gallery in Murano, Italy, included works by Hutten, as well as designers Ini Archibong, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, GamFratesi, Benjamin Hubert, Luca Nichetto, Elena Salmistraro and Marc Thorpe.[9]


Richard Hutten: Chair 'Rhino'

Hutten's work is part of the permanent collections in the Netherlands in the Centraal Museum Utrecht, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Further on his work is present in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Philippe Starck used some of Huttens designs for the interiors of the Delano Hotel Miami and the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles.


  1. ^ Brigitte Fitoussi, Richard Hutten, Aaron Betsky. Richard Hutten: works in use, 1996. p. 227
  2. ^ world, STIR. "UNSCRIPTED with Richard Hutten: All the World's a Playground". Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Dutch Manufacturer Carpet Sign Uses Robots to Showcase the Possibilities of Rug Design". Interior Design. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  4. ^ Hutten design studio
  5. ^ "Richard Hutten - 8 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Barkruk 'Table-upon-table'". Barkruk 'Table-upon-table' — Centraal Museum Utrecht. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Richard Hutten melts down airport's old chairs for "radical" new seating system". Dezeen. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Watch the Dezeen Day video about the circular economy". Dezeen. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Luca Nichetto conquers Murano with an exhibition on glass". Retrieved 12 September 2022.

External links

  • Hutten's official website
  • Behind the Designs: Interview with Richard Hutten
  • Video portrait of Richard Hutten (Dutch Profiles)
  • Richard Hutten - Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie
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