For the duration of the nine-day Dutch Design Week festival, buildings all over the city of Eindhoven are transformed into exhibition spaces.
At the centre of the event is the esteemed Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show, which consistently engages with important themes in design; this year the emphasis was on material value and the increasingly blurred line between technology and our social and material needs.
We report back from Dutch Design Week with some key projects and inspiration.
Atelier Robotiq uses Kevlar, resin and a robotic arm to craft these intricate and lightweight structures. At the moment they are quite early on with their explorations into the process and we’re looking forward to seeing how they develop.
Studio Mieke Meijer
Transitions was an exhibition put on by Dutch materials distributer Baars Bloemhoff. The company picked six designers, giving them free-reign over their stocked materials to create a new range of furniture. We especially liked this cupboard by Studio Mieke Meijer – the exoskeleton structure is made of oak veneer and is inspired by the construction of airplane wings in the 1900s.
No Static was the brief to the designers selected to exhibit at Dutch Invertuals this year. The outcomes were manifestations of research into balance and stability. One of our favourite pieces was this panel which ripples in response to the slightest changes in surrounding airflow by Alissa + Nienke.
This immersive colour corridor designed by Arnout Meijer was interesting in terms of experience design.
Design Academy Eindhoven
At Design Academy Eindhoven we were excited to see Olivier Van Herpt’s 3D printed ceramic collection, which we’d noticed at Milan Design Week earlier this year.
Simone Post also showed striking textiles made using industrial off-cuts and seconds from Dutch wax fabric manufacturer Vlisco.
Dutch Design Week ran from 17-25 October.
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