Several years ago, Cor de Wit (1922) and his wife Sjoukje (1920-2009) donated their collection of 20th century Scandinavian glass to the museum. That collection consists of 800 objects - mass-produced items and unique objects by primarily Finnish designers. They purchased all this glass, large and small, during the dozens of trips they have made since the 70s through Finland, often buying directly from the designers and the factories.
Cor de Wit has personally put together a presentation of circa 60 objects for the museum, which was displayed in two cabinets. Work was on show by Markku Salo, Kaj Franck, Saara Hopea, Oiva Toikka, Lisa Johansson-Pape and Tapio Wirkkala.
In the 60s, Cor de Wit, now 90 years old, was closely associated with the Stichting Goed Wonen [Good Living Foundation] and its renowned magazine, of which he was also editor in chief for many years. Partly thanks to this job, he got to know many leading Dutch designers and architects, including Mart Stam and Piet Zwart. In recent years he has recorded his extensive knowledge of architecture and design in various pamphlets that he has published himself. He also wrote such a pamphlet about glass entitled The Finnish Golden Years.
The museum produced a video, which shows Cor de Wit at home surrounded by his own collection. This video will prove a valuable document when the time comes for the complete collection to be moved to the museum. This documentary could been in the exhibition and here.
Design in Boijmans
This exhibition was part of the ‘Design in Boijmans’ programme. In the sumemr of 2012 design had been spotlighted in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. With the renewed arrangement of the museum collection and several design exhibitions, in 2012 a lot of attention was paid to design in the museum.