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New ambassadors ready for Dutch Design Week 2018

Ravi Naidoo (Design Indaba), Laurens van den Acker (Renault) and Wendy Plomp (Dutch Invertuals) are the ambassadors of the 17th Dutch Design Week (DDW). They are succeeding Winy Maas (MVRDV), Lonny van Ryswyck & Nadine Sterk (Atelier NL) and Marcus Fairs (Dezeen). The ambassadors deploy their network to create links, function as a sounding board for participants and visitors and initiate special activities during the week. Every year DDW appoints parties from the design field as advocates of design in general and especially for the week. According to the organisation behind Dutch Design Week (DDW), the three form “a...

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Dutch Design Week’s People’s Pavilion wins FRAME Award

The People’s Pavilion, a temporary and circular building that was erected on the Ketelhuisplein during Dutch Design Week 2017, has won a FRAME award. FRAME is one of the world’s leading brands for interior design. The prize was awarded to People’s Pavilion in the category ‘Sustainability’. The temporary and completely circular building was located at Strijp-S and served as a central meeting place for creative thinkers. Every day of the Design Week, the building hosted discussions and presentations. The pavilion housed a variety of talks and discussions around the central question: how to shape the future? FRAME: “Both the building and...

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Goosebumps technology at the Dutch Design Week

A Post-Graduate student at the University of Twente, Kristin Neidlinger, has presented her SENSOREE therapeutic technology at the Dutch Design Week’s “Mind The Step” exhibition in Eindhoven. This new wearable tool animates the feeling of goosebumps and it’s designed to give the body a voice, self awareness, insight, communication and empathy. “We are an organic confluence of artists and engineers with a global network and we work with futuristic fabrics made from sustainable materials embedded with sensitive technologies”, says Neidlinger. “The loss of awe-inspiring mood is prevalent in our society and many people are becoming self-centered and less concerned...

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14% more visitors for Dutch design Week 2017

Dutch Design Week 2017 received 335,000 visitors. This is almost 14% more than last year, when a record number of 295,000 visitors could be counted. The proportion of visitors from abroad also increased further (from 12 to 18%), which means that one of the Dutch Design Foundation’s objectives was achieved. Raffaela Vandermühlen, head of brand strategy and pr at DDF, is “hugely pleased” about the increase in visits, “but also about the way we have all accomplished this.” The growth was partly caused by the World Design Event, which was set up next to Dutch Design Week for the first...

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Combining Tech and Design during Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Foundation has put a lot of effort in inviting the technological universities to the Dutch Design Week, which will be held in October. In an interview with Dezeen, DDW-CEO Martijn Paulen explains why the mixture of Tech and Design is so important for shaping the future. “We want the Technological Universities to be here because we honestly feel that in the overlap between technology and creativity, the answers for the future are being made. When you see this technological innovation in the hands of creative people, then the really interesting stuff starts to happen.” Paulen wants the people from the engineering side to bring new materials and ideas to creatives to play with, and the other way around. “The dialogue between the design academy, the creatives, and the technological university, the engineers, has always been tried but has always been difficult as well. They are really two different worlds. I think we’re really taking a big step by bringing these two worlds together.” Paulen doesn’t claim all this is only working in Eindhoven. “I think this is happening in other places as well, but I also think we’re on the pioneering side. We’re a city of builders, we’re a city of creators, so we’re making it work here and there are not so many places in the world where you find these ingredients. At least, not in my...

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New Ambassadors for Dutch Design Week 2017

Architect Winy Maas (MVRDV), designers Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk (Atelier NL) and journalist Marcus Fairs (Dezeen) are the ambassadors for this edition of Dutch Design Week (DDW). New this year is the appointment of not two but three (in fact: four) ambassadors. “This decision has been taken to underpin the international nature of the ambassadorship, something that all three ambassadors are known for”, according to theorganizationn behind DDW (Dutch Design Foundation). Since 2009 DDW has appointed two persons from the field of design to champion Dutch design in general and the week in particular. This year three ambassadors have been chosen. “They truly represent design across the board and will deploy their networks to create links. Above all, they form a sounding board for participants and visitors and, together with the organisation, they develop a number of special activities that will take place during the week.” “Dutch Design Week for me has always been the most future-focused and provocative of all the world’s design events.”Marcus Fairs, Dezeen Professor Winy Maas Ir. Ing. FRIBA HAIA (Schijndel, The Netherlands, 1959) is an architect, urban planner, landscape architect and one of the three founding partners of MVRDV. Winy Maas and his agency MVRDV, the architect of Markthal Rotterdam, also research the future of the city with the Think Tank The Why Factory which Winy Maas leads at TU Delft. www.mvrdv.nl....

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Dutch Design Week attracts record number of almost 300,000 visitors

Dutch Design Week, which had its last day today, atracted almost 300,000 vistors, a record number. “We look back on a successful 15th edition”, says Raffaela Vandermühlen, head of PR. “Eindhoven manifested itself as the centre of design and the future showcasing work of 2500 designers during the nine days of the festival. Their ideas and solutions give us a new perspective on current topics and issues, as well as make DDW an event with global impact.” Under the banner of the theme ‘The making of’, the 15th edition focused on the making process and the makers. The event...

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[DDW Special] The Hidden Gems of Dutch Design Week

During Dutch Design Week, E52 will be introducing you to the festival’s hidden gems. Nine special designers who we believe are the stand-outs of this edition. The hidden gems serie will be published as of tomorrow. Today we talk with Katja Lucas about the selection and the new DDW bike tour. Lucas is Dutch Design Week’s Programme Director. Two years ago Robert van Rixtel from Dutch Design Daily approached her with the idea of highlighting a number of special designers during DDW. The idea took shape through a collaboration with e52. The theme of this year’s DDW is ‘The making of’…...

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Top chef Sergio Herman to support designer Maarten Baas in next Dutch Design Week

During next Dutch Design Week (22-30 October) top chef Sergio Herman will support designer Maarten Baas for his interdisciplinary exhibition exploring the theme time. ‘Maarten Baas Makes Time” will be shown in the VDMA building at the Vestdijk in Eindhoven, as a special cooperation between various Dutch designers and top chef Sergio Herman. Maarten Baas will be the curator of an exhibition exploring the theme time, in which the boundary between art and design is deliberately blurred. It will be a mix of design, visual art, performing arts and gastronomy. Baas: “Design is an ugly word for a whole collection of beauties. It’s the...

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14th Dutch Design Week attracts more than 270,000 visitors

Dutch Design Week (DDW) looks back on a successful fourteenth edition. For 9 days the event presented experiments and ideas, answers and solutions by 2500 designers in almost 100 locations. The event attracted an estimated record number of more than 270,000 visitors. (Source: statement by Dutch Design Week) What if… Under the banner of ‘What if…’, the question with which every designer and all innovation starts, DDW presented work by renowned designers, but as tradition dictates also with plenty of space for young talent and experiment. Extra attention went to the future thinkers, dreamers, changers and their innovations. Good...

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