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Dutch Design Week Launches

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Every October, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. Taking place October 20- 28, 2018, DDW is the biggest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and ideas of more than 2,600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors each year. In more than a hundred locations across the city, DDW organizes innovative exhibitions, lectures, networking events and festivities.


So why is DDW on our radar? Well, for starters it offers an international platform to up and coming emerging designers. DDW believes heavily in supporting the next generation of artists and their experimental designs.


For this year’s theme, “If not us, then who,? DDW turns to the future. Director Martijn Paulen explains, “Designers think up solutions, create innovations, are pioneers, make things tangible and functional. They look at their surroundings and the world in a unique way. “How could it be different, better?” And to these questions designers continually supply authentic and surprising answers. It is up to us all to embrace and stimulate these creative solutions, and that includes you. If not you, then who? Together we decide how the world will look. ‘Now it’s our turn; If not us, then who?”


photo // courtesy of DDW Van Abbe Museum, Photo: Tommy Köhlbrugge


One of our favorite features of DDW is the ability to choose your route via their website. Interested in how designers can strengthen our social fabric, raise awareness for social issues, help create an inclusive society and promote new cultural behavior? Then the Social Design route is for you and includes stops like The Living Museum and the Van Abbemuseum.


photo // Arwin chaise lounge courtesy of DDW


If you are intrigued in how technology is helping shape our world into a better, healthier place then the Future Living Route is for you and includes stops at places like the University of Technology Eindhoven and Ketelhuisplein.


A ticket gives you unlimited access to the paid DDW locations for 9 days. You can purchase tickets to Dutch Design Week here.


top image // courtesy of DDW, 01_WEGO_© Ossip van Duivenbode