The Netherlands – Dutch Design – Forget-me-nots

Dutch Design: stamps about objects in a boundless universe

For the latest stamp issue in the Dutch Design series, the order this year went to Audrey Large. The Frenchwoman graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017 and received the Young Designer Award from the jury of the Dutch Design Awards in 2021.

Fantastic Beast

For the “Forget-me-not” stamps, Large created a digital 3D image of a futuristic mythical animal, with the torso on the bottom sheet edge. The neck continues over the tabs on the left of the stamp sheet and the head is on the top left of the stamp. The other stamps have bulges in the shape of vases and pots in various glossy colours.

Fourth issue

The “Forget-me-not” stamp sheet is the latest issue from PostNL in the Dutch Design series. Previously published in this series Talk with the hand by Bart de Baets (2021), Kaleidoscoop by Hansje van Halem (2020) and “Gewoontjes” by Michiel Schuurman (2019). Every year PostNL gives winners or nominees of prestigious design competitions a free assignment to design stamps.

Traveling objects

Designer Audrey Large is best known for the images she creates with 3D software and then converts them into material objects on 3D printers. Large made an overall picture for the stamps with associated separate elements for the 6 stamps. “I’m always interested in how my 3D models move through different stages,” says Large. “For example, from the digital world of the computer to the real world of the printer. In that sense, I also saw the stamps as objects that move, that travel.”

Ancient or futuristic

In her visual and intuitive approach, the ambiguity of the surface of the objects plays an important role. Large: “I opted for glossy surfaces so that the objects can be either ancient or futuristic. The color gradient also floats and is curved. This way you look at an open world within a universe without borders, corners, edges or other restrictions. That fits in with my aim to create expressive images that have meaning, vibrate and go beyond themselves.”

The Netherlands – Paleis Het Loo

After a renovation of more than 4 years, Paleis Het Loo welcomes visitors again in its completely renovated rooms. PostNL celebrates the festive reopening of the museum with a majestic stamp sheet. This gives you an insight into the personal rooms of queens who lived and worked in the palace over the centuries.

General director Michel van Maarseveen receives first copy

Today, the general director of Paleis Het Loo, Michel van Maarseveen, receives the first copy of the special issue from Stephan van den Eijnden, commercial director of PostNL Mail. The stamp sheetlet was designed by Anne Schaufeli and Huub de Lang of studio026 from Velp. Their design takes you into the history of the palace on the basis of the rooms of queens who have played an important role in Apeldoorn during 3 centuries of court and country life.

Queens in the lead role

The stamp sheetlet has 10 stamps on which 5 royal rooms can be admired: the bedroom of Mary Stuart, the toilet room of Sophie van Württemberg, the sitting rooms of Emma van Waldeck-Pyrmont and Wilhelmina van Oranje-Nassau and the bedroom of Juliana van Oranje-Nassau . Schaufeli explains their choice: “We have chosen a room of each as it can be seen in the palace. With the furnishings from their time. Juliana, for example, lived there as a child, but not later. That is why only one bedroom of hers can be seen.”

Personal details

2 stamps are dedicated to each queen: in addition to the overview photo of each room, a special detail is also in the spotlight. The details shown are a flower holder (Mary), a mirror (Sophie), a mantel clock (Emma), a table centerpiece (Wilhelmina) and a suitcase (Juliana). The overview photo and detail photo are alternately above and below each other, with each object telling something about the personality of the residents. For example, Anne Schaufeli says: “Mary was fond of Delft pottery, especially large tulip vases. The flower holder on the stamp is prominent in her bedroom.”

Striking design language

Designer duo Schaufeli and De Lang from studio026 were inspired for the design by the richness of the palace furnishings, with its many colours, ornaments and patterns. They used a pattern detail from each room as inspiration to shape the stamps. The patterns are graphically incorporated into the stamps as cut-outs from the photos, allowing you to see the details through the beautiful formal language of the palace.

3 centuries of history

Het Loo Palace was originally built in 1686 as a summer residence for Stadtholder William III and his wife Princess Mary Stuart. When the couple became King and Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1689, they built it into a sumptuous palace worthy of a royal couple. Until 1975, Paleis Het Loo remained in use as a summer residence and work palace for successive generations of the House of Orange-Nassau. It was then turned into a museum. Between 2018 and April 2022, the palace was closed to the public and underwent a major renovation that has fully restored the historic quarters. In the meantime, the renovation continues under the forecourt. The expansion of the museum will be completed in 2023.

Opening hours Het Loo Palace

Paleis Het Loo is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer holidays, the palace is also open on Mondays. Until August 18, the palace is the stage for the Princes and Princess Days, a fairytale dress-up party for the youngest visitors.

Availability

The stamp sheetlet Paleis Het Loo has 10 personal stamps in 10 different designs, with the value indication Nederland 1, intended for mail up to and including 20 grams with a destination within the Netherlands. The stamps are only available from 16 August 2022 via the webshop and from Collect Club customer service on telephone number 088 – 868 99 00. The period of validity is indefinite.

The Netherlands – Leuvenum forests

Today PostNL is issuing 10 new stamps in the Experience nature series with the subject of the flora and fauna of the Leuvenum forests. This 2,300 hectare nature reserve of Natuurmonumenten is located in the province of Gelderland, between Harderwijk, Nunspeet and Elspeet.

The issue on the Leuvenum forests is the 4th and last of 2022 in PostNL’s nature series. Earlier this year, stamps were issued over the Fort Ellewoutsdijk nature reserves in Zeeland, the Nieuwkoopse Plassen in South Holland and the Sint-Pietersberg in Limburg.

Forest, heath and sand

The Leuvenumse Bos is the collective name for the Leuvenumse Bos, the Hulshorsterzand and the Leuvenhorst estate. The contiguous area is located in the northwest of the Veluwe and has been owned by Natuurmonumenten for more than 100 years. In addition to the extensive forests, there are large moors and sand drifts. There is a lot of game in the area and it is a breeding area for many different birds.

swinging barrel

Wijnand Francke, nature management coordinator at Natuurmonumenten, is an enthusiastic advocate of this nature reserve. He praises the vastness and the variety, with forest as well as heathland and sand drifts. “The long Leuvenumsche beek is really beautiful. Especially now that we have succeeded in giving the stream back its old winding course, with the occasional flooding that results.”

Overlapping Circles

The stamps about the Leuvenum forests were designed by graphic designer Frank Janse from Gouda, who is also responsible for the other issues in this series. On the stamp sheetlet, the 10 main characters were given a portrait in their natural environment, each on their own stamp. On the stamps, the designer shows how the plants and animals in the Leuvenum forests like to hide under, between and behind the trees. “You can also see that in the photography on the stamps. Direct sunlight is rare in the forest, the light is always filtered. Often the photograph was taken from a great distance or from very close by, which blurs the background.”

Availability

The stamp sheetlet Experience nature – Leuvenumse forests has 10 different stamps with the value indication Nederland 1, intended for mail up to and including 20 grams with a destination within the Netherlands. The stamps will be available from August 15, 2022 at the Bruna stores and via www.postnl.nl/bijzondere-postzegels. The stamps can also be ordered by telephone from Collect Club’s customer service on 088 – 868 99 00. The validity period is indefinite.