Richard Hutten was born in 1967 in Zwollerkerspel, the Netherlands. He graduated from the Academy Industrial Design Eindhoven in 1991. That same year he started his own design studio, working on a variety of projects such as: furniture-, product-, interior- and exhibition design. He developed his “No sign of design” and “Table upon table” concepts. He is one of the most internationally successful Dutch designers; a key exponent of “Droog Design,” in which he has been involved since its inception in 1993.
van Hinte, E. and Hutten, R. (2002). Richard Hutten. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 010 Publishers. This book outlines Hutten’s design philosophy and many of his enigmatic designs. The Fruit Tray is illustrated on pp.138-139.
English language interview with Richard Hutten from Deutsche Welle. At the design museum in Ghent, putting the final touches on his exhibition there.
Dutch language interview with Richard Hutten.
Richard Hutten designed the Fruit Tray centerpiece in 1995 for DMD, the Netherlands. This thermoformed PMMA tray is designed in such a way that air can freely circulate around pieces of fruit. The centerpiece measures 13 3/8” by 13 3/8” by 2” in height. The design certainly draws inspiration from the structure of the egg crate.
Clockwise from upper left: Egg Crate memory foam (Image source); acoustic foam; standard, run of the mill egg crate.
Above: Fruit Tray centerpiece without fruit. Below: With fruit. Image source: eBay user dedalo72.
Above: Top oblique view of Fruit Tray centerpiece (glossy finish). Below: Underside of Fruit Tray centerpiece (matte finish). Image source: eBay user dedalo72.
Close up of corner and edge of Fruit tray centerpiece.
van Hinte, E. and Hutten, R. (2002). Richard Hutten. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 010 Publishers.
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