During the last ten days, there was the Dutch Design Week 2015 (DDW15) in Eindhoven. It’s the biggest design event of the year in the Netherlands and as a designer or creative person, you aren’t allowed to miss it! There are expositions all over the city showing work of students, studios and individual artists.
The graduation show of Design Academy Eindhoven is all about the new fresh graduates: two floors full of innovative projects. One project stayed in my mind: Holy Crap. It’s a project in Kathmandu about waste management. Waste is a big issue there and waste is being dropped on the streets which gives the city bad smells and an awful look. Holy Crap stimulates the inhabitants to sort there waste thanks to coloured waste bags. These bags are then being picked up by the waste management organisation. The bags are weighted and the inhabitants get some phone credits in exchange of their good work. Interesting right? This concept of coloured bags is actually also tested in the south of the Netherlands at the moment. A refreshed way of looking at waste management.
At many DDW15 expositions, the designers showed 3D printing projects. The innovation this year is mainly in the use of new materials such as concrete, ceramic, terra cotta, metal. Vases can now be printed in ceramics which make it possible to have very geometric patterns on it.
Some interesting places this year was for example the Van Abbemuseum with it Yellow Interior completely made out of yellow cleaning wipes: it looked amazing. Section C was, again this year, also a great place to spend a few hours. All the ateliers were open; it’s much more conceptual and artistic than the other expositions since it’s not only about functional design. It’s the second year that this area is part of DDW and they improved the place with cosy cafés.
The DDW15 was a success. I really recommend you to visit it next year – even if you’re not working in the creative sector. DDW is a place to be inspired, meet new people and see how our products could look like in a few years.