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Highlights from Dutch Design Week 2018

Dutch Design Week never disappoints with bright ideas – even when Eindhoven is characteristically grey. Here’s a snippet of some of our favourite pieces (as well as some trends we spotted along the way).

SUPERFAST

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Superfast is an annual event designed to provoke conversation in the packaging the design industries, organised by the BNO (Association of Dutch Designers). This year’s focus on transparency attracted a diverse set of speakers – from lab-grown meat to slow fashion. The event ended on a high, with former Design Bridge Amsterdam intern David Horsler winning the Student Talent Award for his sustainable packaging design, as well as a special mention for our very own Christian Lank and former intern, Adrià Tañà Ferrer. Congratulations!

#OutofOffice

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Introverts unite! And do not disturb. This compact ‘meta-office’ is designed as a space for employees to work, think or just get away – the new out of office. By Chris Collaris Architects & Dutch Invertuals.

MindfulNS

Reis van morgen

Directly translated as “trip of tomorrow”, the Dutch National Railway (NS) created a virtual reality commute: Reis Van Morgen. Big promises for the future of Dutch travel, with a focus on creating spaces for ‘mindfulNS’.

Steps for 3D printing

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This year, it was hard to find a DDW hall that didn’t have multiple 3D printed designs. But who can’t be impressed by a 3D printed bridge? The bridge is made of steel, extremely sturdy and nicely interactive. An all-round impressive feat by Dutch robotics company MX3D.

SUN

SUN

There are always the installations that bring out the child in us – and Philip Schutte’s SUN (with Random Studio) was just that. A large ball that controls the movement of the sun setting over an ocean – quite literally playing with the planets.

Sonos x Frame

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This year’s Dutch Design Week felt close to home (literally) – many of the pieces looked like they’d be better suited to a living room than a lab. Sonos (ultimate home sound systems) together with Frame magazine created an interactive set of frames that combine design, art and sound. Each frame played a different sound when moved and together, an instrumental harmony.

Weeks like DDW never fail to inspire, delight and surprise us – with a sharp focus on sustainability and circularity this year. In the best way possible, the week leaves us asking: “If not us, then who?”

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