Last week the industrial city of Eindhoven became, during 9 days, the center of a network of creative minds and processes. 275.000 people went by the dutch city to visit the work that 2500 designers were exhibiting. With more than 400 events going on and 99 localitzations, Dutch Design Week accomplished its 14th edition and we went to see what was happening around there. We present you a selection of the works that caught our eye.
Design Academy of Eindhoven
Final Degree Show of Design Academy
The Design Academy of Eindhoven is one of the principal nodes of dutch design, and one of the main reasons why the city of Eindhoven has so much design and creativity going on. With its particular approach to the creative process, the Final Degree Show of the Design Academy has becomed one of the most relevant events during the Dutch Design Week. The extense exhibition of the final degree projects of bachelor and master students is a real treat for the visitor. Techincal quality and execution of the mockups as well as the freshness of the porposals -not attached to any comertial laws yet- make this exhibition worth a long and paused visit.
One of Sanne Schuurman’s material porposals for her Light Filters
Vera de Pont for the project POP·UP
Investigation in the textile world had a big presence during the exhibition. We would like to highlight Sanne Schuurman‘s Light Filters, as well as Vera de Pont‘s POP·UP and Adrianus Kundert‘s Ripening Rugs. Even though they are different results in different environments, the three of them come from the investigation of textile techniques and world. The addition and combination of materials that apparently have nothing to do with the textile world (such as foams or hard plastics) is a raising trend. The acceptance of erosion or use of a cloth as well as its flexibility or translucentness are examples of how much this world is evolving and exploring its own boundaries and possibilities.
Conceptual sketches for Paola Sabourin’s Composuer project
Vlisco Recycled by Simone Post
Vlisco Recycled by Simone Post is the result of an investigation in all what the student could generate from the textile company’s leftovers. All his process of investigation is interesting, but we think it’s very impressive the big round carpet he ends up generating.
To Many Places by Emmy Polkamp // To Many Places por Emmy Polkamp
Finally, two porposals as an ode to the nomad life: the pop-up hotel To Many Places by Emmy Polkamp, talking about an intinerant hotel for big events such as festivals, and Michael Funch with his Camp Vibe – New Luxury, combining again luxury with humble and basic life.
Camp Vibe – New Luxury by Michael Funch // Camp Vibe – New Luxury por Michael Funch
After exhibiting Self Unself (2013) and Sense Nonsense (2014), the museum of modern art presented this year as the end of the triology of exhibitions Thing Nothing. With this contradicition and question of the designer’s, the material he generates, and the user’s position Van Abbemuseum curated a series of works coming from students and alumni from the Design Academy.
Marie Lexmond built up in the museum’s building an impressive and striking installation called Yellow Interior in 11.620 parts, reproducing a home’s interior and covering it all in yellow squared felt pieces.
Kazerne is a restaurant / gallery which gives as much importance to the food it serves as to its exhibition. Without a clear division between the dining room and the gallery itself the young space is slowly making its place in the design panorama of Eindhoven. This year Kazerne was exhibiting a part of the excentric and radical private collection of trend forecaster and collectionist Lidewij Edelkoort, under the title Open Ended. Together with Philip Fimmano and with the help of Anne Willem Schenk they exhibited pieces of designers such as Marcel Wanders, Maarten Baas or Nacho Carbonell.
Nacho Carbonell’s piece just next to some tables of the restaurant
One of the most expected group exhibitions of the Dutch Design Week. Under the title of No Static Wendy Plomp presented this year a compilation of projects which worked around the themes of movement and time. From a corridor made of automatic sliding doors which opened when you went trough to a lamp which turns on and off with the movement, going by a wind sensible panel, the unexpected is the main character of this exhibition to enchance our curiosity to see what happens.