Special Quartz Edition Kingdom by the Sea, 500 Years of Dutch Design offers an exclusive peek behind the facades of heritage houses and landmark buildings which modelled for the iconic Delft blue KLM house collection. The front of this high end book is made of quartz mineral, available in different stone patterns. Each tile is a unique piece, crafted by nature.
Masterpieces to marvel at
Lavishly illustrated, engagingly presented and richly detailed coffee table book Kingdom by the Sea: 500 years of Dutch Design is the perfect gift for any KLM house collector and history and architecture buff. In this Limited Edition bursting with 1800 illustrations, page after page is dedicated to significant architectural movements, time lines that explore the rise of a country limited in size but great in cultural achievements. The high-end coffee table book capsule the stories of great Dutch architects and examines the masterpieces and architectural wonders we continue to marvel at today.
Admire the works of the Grand Masters of Dutch architecture
The KLM houses and collectors items are produced after original designs by the grand masters of Dutch architecture like Hendrick de Keyser, Jacob van Campen (the architect of the Royal Palace), Philips Vingboons (the inventor of the neck gable), Pieter Post (who designed the Gouda Weigh house), Dolf van Gendt (the architect of the Royal Concertgebouw Building) and Hendrik Berlage, the godfather of modern Dutch architecture.
Making a mark on history
For the very first time, the collection of KLM miniatures is placed in ranking order of the year of construction of the original monument (12 collector’s items + KLM house 1 to nr. 99). The book represents at least 500 years of Dutch building history and reveal the stories of the people who once lived in the houses upon which the KLM collection is based; famous pioneers such as Anthony Fokker, bold adventurers like Hendrick Hamel and Herman Boerhaave, innovative entrepreneurs (among others Gerard Heineken) and legendary figures (Anne Frank, Mata Hari). They all made their mark on history. This unique reference book places their houses in a social, cultural and historical setting representing a range of periods and architectural styles.
Extensive archive research and interviews with (architectural) historians and current residents of the properties have yielded a wealth of great anecdotes and unique and entertaining stories. Kingdom by the Sea invites you to an unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Dutch mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, inaccessible to visitors. At a time when more travelers are rediscovering Holland, this lavishly illustrated volume offers a different view of the nation’s cultural achievements.