Piet Zwart (1885-1977), interior architect, fashion designer, typographer, photographer, teacher and industrial designer, was elected in 2000 by the BNO (the Association of Dutch Designers) as the most important Dutch designer of the twentieth century. In the 1920s he gave a revolutionary impulse to the world of graphic design by making printed matter that was composed out of simple type settings. Soon he also included photographs in his typography. He designed the legendary standardized Bruynzeel kitchen en contributed to the rise of a modern educational approach to industrial design.
In the monograph the versatile work of Piet Zwart is mostly seen in conjunction with international developments of his time. His relations to De Stijl, Dada, Russian constructivism and the Bauhaus are discussed, as is the role Piet Zwart played within the avant-garde.