How to leave an imprint in a world that has been rendered uniform by globalization, standardization and commercialization? Tangible Traces proffers context, craftsmanship and tradition as antidotes to our seamless global landscape of bland architecture and design. The architecture firm Onix, spatial designer Frank Havermans, textile designer Claudy Jongstra, fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe and industrial designer Hella Jongerius share a common quest to imbue their work with unexpected meaning derived from consideration of local culture and context, rediscovery of traditional craft, use of quotidian materials and a fascination with chance and improvisation. Though they look to the past for inspiration, a fusion of state-of-the-art technologies and an unmistakably Dutch vision lends their designs a contemporary air. This volume includes illustrations by Yke Schotten, photographs by Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm and texts by Roemer van Toorn, Joost Grootens and Louise Schouwenberg.