The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, which is known particularly for its Dow that comes to compare the design achievements of Belgium and the Netherlands. This retrospective that surveys 200 years of design history, presents a comparison between the two neighbouring countries. Objects representing all facets of design, are shown next to each other, in a chronological order, portraying each moment of the time-line from 1815 to 2015. While Belgian design is seen as craftsman-like, aesthetic, with the occasional surrealistic detail, Dutch design is more simple, sober, and conceptual. How have the Netherlands and Belgium related to each other during the past 200 years in the field of design? What differences, for example, can be seen in the decorative and utility objects from the start of the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution in Belgium propelled the country forward, while this development would not take place in the Netherlands until 50 years later? And what did both countries use to compete with each other during international challenges such as the Art Deco exhibition in 1925? All of these questions are posed in a show that examines design not in a monographic way, but in a comparative mode.