Taking place in Eindhoven, each October, the Dutch Design Week is the biggest design event in Northern Europe showcasing novelties and classics alike of more than 2500 designers to an audience of over 295,000 visitors from all around the world. In addition, the event presents exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates, and festivities in over hundred locations across the city. This year edition will occur from 21-29 October.
Being quite different from other events, Dutch Design Week was established in 1998. The event aims to create an optimistic environment offering a creative platform full of opportunities to designers, including helping them move forward through introducing media, commerce, and other sectors for designers to showcase their work. Furthermore, the event also spearheads the stimulation and support to designers of the new generation to guarantee their success going forward.
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Now, let’s take a look at seven of the most ingenious exhibitions and features one can expect from this esteemed design week:
⇒ Hardcore Exhibition
HARCORE is a new exhibition by Core Studio. After the success of last year’s POPCORE exhibit, they’re embarking on a new project. The vision of this exhibition is to bring us down to reality opposite last year’s theme of Popcore which was all about having a playful and naive approach. The HARDCORE exhibition orbits around elemental materials, substances that create a world which is ever-lasting. Exploring a counter digital movement from a designer’s perspective, objects that are physically heavy and digitally light.
⇒ ABN Amro Hotspot: Petit Pli
Petit Pli provides the most technologically advanced children’s clothing in the market. In average, children grow up to 7 sizes in their first 2 years, which results in a lot of wasted clothing. Petit Pli‘s versatile waterproof shells are pleated in a way that can grow bi-directionally to perfectly fit a wide range of sizes. The continuous size adjustment is a new, efficient way of approaching garment design, almost like one size fits all.
⇒ ABN Amro Hotspot: Collect
COLLECT is a brand new fashion concept, imagined by designers Karin Vlug and Lisa Konno. Together, the designers created ever-changing clothing, easy to wear. A simple shirt can be morphed into a dress or a jumpsuit, using a very simple DIY system. It allows you to collect as many parts as you wish, such as different sleeves and collars, creating a wardrobe composed only of a few items, that provide you with endless looks.
⇒ When Digital Gets Physical
This piece is a scaled visualization of the concept of digital material and aims to translate its theoretical principles to the physical world. Inspired by crystal atom structures, the chair is composed of aluminum tetrahedrons and spheres, which – when tightened by inner cables – form a feather-weighted octet truss lattice. When the tension is relieved, the shape dissipates and the material returns to its original state, ready to be reconfigured.
⇒ The Academie Artemis Graduates 2017
At Dutch Design Week 2017, Artemis will provide visual insight into the most important developments in today’s society and how it is translated into innovative and applicable solutions for product, space and communication issues.
⇒ L.E.A.V. Project
Leading the discussion on new borders for lightweight structural systems of the future, it was imaged and built a hypothetical aerial vehicle -a flying wing- inspired by the suggestive drawings of H. Miyazaki. Presenting a floating installation together with 1:1 scale details of the object, a process of experimentation was dissected, widening the spectrum of future structural wonders.
⇒ Challenging Craftsmanship
A search for the role of the craftsman in the modern time. Through wood, metal, and ceramics they are looking for a place for their skills in the here and now. This is also a claim made on the sensorial and physical.
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