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DUTCH DESIGN WEEK 2016 | My top 5

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Last week I visited for the first time the Dutch Design Week. The event does not take place in Amsterdam, as you might think, but in the smaller city of Eindhoven: not a very touristic place, a fascinating city with a very strong industrial mood, town of the Philips industries.

I spent three really inspiring days: among 2500 designers and over 400 events scattered around the city, in a nice city center where it’s very easy to get around (even easier with free taxis!) , a cool atmosphere that I would like you to share today in the blog pages. Will include for sure Dutch Design Week in my design must-sees!

Here we go with my 5 favorite locations… but more is coming soon on the blog (from the Design Academy, for example)!

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La settimana scorsa ho avuto per la prima volta la possibilità di visitare la settimana del design olandese, la Dutch Design Week. Evento che non si svolge ad Amsterdam, come si potrebbe comunemente pensare, bensì ad Eindhoven: città di dimensioni ridotte, di certo non molto turistica, a forte carattere industriale, città natale della Philips.

Sono state tre belle giornate: 2500 designers e oltre 400 eventi sparsi per la città, un centro semplicissimo da girare e reso ancora più agevole da un’organizzazione super (taxi gratuiti per spostarsi da una location all’altra, tanto per citarne una), un’atmosfera molto bella che vorrei farvi rivivere per un po’ tra le pagine del blog.

Queste le mie 5 location preferite… ma presto altri approfondimenti in arrivo!


dutch design week 2016 highlights

1 > envisions


Experimentation is the key to innovation: the Ducth collaborative is back after the Milan Design Week 2016 with Envisions Products in Process Part 2, with such a beautiful setting that it would deserve a post itself. A huge moodboard of materials and colors where the designers intended to show the production process of their works.

Experimentation is the key to innovation: il collettivo olandese torna dopo la Milano Design Week 2016 con Envisions Products in Process Part 2, con un allestimento talmente bello che secondo me meriterebbe un articolo a sé. Un’enorme moodboard di materiali e colori con la quale i designers intendono mostrare il processo produttivo delle loro opere.


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dutch design week 2016 highlights

2 > piet hein eek


Piet Hein Eek HQ is a beautiful Dutch village in exposed bricks, absolutely a must-see. During Dutch Design Week part of the factory was open to the public and, in addition to a wide showroom of furniture and accessories by Piet Hein Eek, there was an interesting exhibit of selected young Dutch talent. Loved!

Il quartier generale di Piet Hein Eek è un vero e proprio villaggio olandese in mattoni facciavista, assolutamente da non perdere. Durante la Dutch Design Week parte della fabbrica era aperta al pubblico e, oltre all’enorme showroom di arredi ed accessori Piet Hein Eek, vi si trovava un’esposizione di giovani talenti olandesi selezionati. Bello!


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dutch design week 2016 highlights

3 > van abbemuseum


Van Abbemuseum is a must-see in Eindhoven, as well as one of the most important European museums of contemporary art. I really enjoyed, beyond space itself, the Dutch Design Week exhibition curated by the Design Academy diplomats around the topic of design and color.

Il Van Abbemuseum è uno dei must di Eindhoven, nonché uno dei musei di arte contemporanea più importanti d’Europa. Ho apprezzato molto, oltre lo spazio in sè, anche l’esposizione curata dai diplomati della Design Academy in occasione della Dutch Design Week attorno al tema del design e del colore

 


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4 > strijp-s


This area is so amazing that is worth a visit in any case, beyond the DDW installations and design exhibits. It is also the most famous area of the Dutch Design Week, where you can find a little bit of everything from the press room to the big brands. I must tell you that I loved more the area in itself, with its post-industrial charm, that the exhibitions itself: here you can find for example the Plug-In City, an experimental concept of sustainable and creative city, a real “city within the city“.

Questa zona è talmente incredibile che merita una visita comunque, al di là delle singole installazioni e mostre di design. E’ anche la zona più famosa della Dutch Design Week, qui si trova concentrato un po’ tutto, dalla press room agli spazi dei grandi brand. E devo dirvi che a me è piaciuta proprio più la zona in sè, con il suo fascino post-industriale, che le singole esposizioni: qui ad esempio trovate Plug-In City, runa ealtà sperimentale di città sostenibile e creativa, una vera e propria “città dentro la città“. 


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5 > kazerne


Kazerne is a beautiful cultural center which combines design and food, with an amazing restaurant, many showrooms and exhibit spaces. During the Dutch Design Week 2016 there were many interesting exhibits here: Dutch Design Foundation x Kickstarter, the interesting New Material Award 2016, and some rooms dedicated to design news by selected Dutch brands.

Kazerne è un centro che combina design e food, con un ristorante bellissimo, tante showroom e spazi per esposizioni. In occasione della Dutch Design Week 2016 c’erano numerose interessanti iniziative in corso: Dutch Design Foundation x Kickstarter, la mostra New Material Award 2016, e alcune stanze dedicate a novità di brand olandesi selezionati.


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