Aart Roelandt

Aart RoelandtAart Roelandt (1954) graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1981 with a design for a recumbent bicycle. He received an incentive from the city of Amsterdam for this design. The Roulandt recumbent bicycle is what made him famous as a designer. This bicycle, together with his dream bike Max (1986), are part of the permanent collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The design in itself for the recumbent bike perhaps was not new, however, Roelandt was the first to research how to produce an ergonomic bicycle. After two years of research, his design was the first to be mass produced.

Roelandt’s work excels through its simplicity, durability and elegant practicality. The designer is fascinated by the possibility to create products from one piece of material, without having to put different parts of a design together. A good example is the Clipp, which has been added to our collection. These clips are made from one piece of steel and Roelandt’s style can clearly be detected in this product, as it is possible in many of his other designs. Roelandt currently works as a freelance industrial designer and he has been admitted to the National Design Archive (NOA) due to the importance of his work for the history of Dutch design.

Designs by Aart Roelandt


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