Dutch Design Week: 17/25 October 2009, Eindhoven
From 17 through 25 October 2009, Dutch Design Week (DDW) will for the eighth time be the platform for both up-and-coming and established designers. DDW has over the years developed into the largest design event in the Netherlands. With 60 locations, 263 events, and around 80,000 visitors in 2008, Eindhoven will for one week turn into a jungle of design activities. Visitors who want to find their way around in an easy way can go to http://www.ddw.nl and map out their favourite design route.
With a nomination for ‘World Design Capital 2012’ in mind, Dutch Design Week presents a wide range of design. More than 1500 designers from home and abroad display their work in the field of industrial design, concept design, graphic design, textiles & fashion, spatial design, food design, and design management & trends. From process to product and from industrial design to conceptual design. The transfer of knowledge and information taking place during Dutch Design Week ensures the development of a sustainable connection between the audience, companies, and designers. Among the DDW participants are established bureaus, high-profile designers, talented newcomers, and recently graduated designers.
Must see’s and must do’s
This nine-day event hosts numerous lectures, workshops, openings, product launches, seminars and exhibitions such as Graduation Galleries of Design Academy Eindhoven and the Dutch Design Awards ceremony. Besides major exhibitions in the Klokgebouw, Design House, and the TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology), there is ample room for new talent like Kiki & Joost, and collective initiatives such as ‘Dutch Invertuals’ at EDHV, ‘Anoniem’ design in Bergeijk, and the Atelierdorp in Strijp-X.
The Strijp- S complex is the creative heart of Eindhoven. Both young talent and established names will be displaying their work here. You definitely mustn’t miss the presentations in the Klokgebouw, which include exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and seminars. Don’t miss out on the exhibition ‘Glass is More’ in the Machinekamer (engine room), the design collective Atelierdorp in Strijp-X, and take a look in the studio of designers Kiki & Joost.
‘Brick’ by EKWC
The exhibition ‘Ceramics and Architecture’ shows how exciting ceramics in architecture can be. The focus of interest in the section Brick is the ceramic skin of the building. Participants have drawn inspiration from the most obvious building material that our country knows: the brick. Combined Residencies is aimed at cross-pollination: between artists who have carried out an architectural project and architects who have ventured upon visual arts. The works that these architects, artists, and designers (60 in total) have developed in recent years are exhibited in two locations. Organisation:.ekwc Locations: Klokgebouw and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the TU/e.
The charging pole as a service station The Netherlands must become thé international test-bed for electric driving. The country is ideally suited for electric driving because of the short distances, flat roads and a good power supply. In the course of 2008, the focus on electric vehicles has increased significantly. Ontwerp Platform Arnhem and Alliander, for example, are looking for solutions for this new way of car driving. They intend to deploy design during an investigative workshop into this subject. Besides this initiative, many participants are during DDW engaged in sustainable design. Among these are the exhibition ‘Be Real’, and one day of ‘sustainable design’ under the title of ‘Big Bang’. If you’re interested, search for ‘sustainable’ on www.ddw.nl.
The above is just a sample of what DDW has to offer. For a complete list of events and activities, go to www.ddw.nl.