V = Vorm. Nederlandse vormgeving 1940-1945 is the first comprehensive study dedicated to the relationship between National Socialist cultural policy and the activities of Dutch designers during the five years of occupation. The book is concerned with questions such as: How did “the taste of Hitler” become implemented in the occupied society? Was there such a thing as Nazi design? In what manner did German efficiency measures affect industrial design practice? And which solutions were found for the shortage of materials and resources, as well as for the lack of mobility?
Within the context of the new sociopolitical reality, the book elaborates on the work of Cris Agterberg, Andries Copier, Pyke Koch, Koen Limperg, Benno Premsela, Sybold van Ravesteyn, Gerrit Rietveld and Willem Sandberg, as well as products from companies such as Van Besouw, Gispen, Pander and Philips.
V = Vorm shows that the Second World War should not at all be considered as an interlude in Dutch design history, which is still characterized by an emphasis on pre- and post-war design.