The Best Of Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

© Dynamic Skin / Dutch Design Week
© Dynamic Skin / Dutch Design Week
For almost a century, Eindhoven has been synonymous with innovation. The city possesses the largest technical university in the Netherlands (an institution that is regularly compared to MIT), and its municipality is systematically transforming its urban center into a high-tech living lab. This predisposition towards advanced technology is at the heart Dutch Design Week – an annual, eight-day fair that showcases a massive selection of groundbreaking products.

Dynamic Skin

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 10am – 6pm

Dynamic Skin is a line of technologically advanced clothing that responds to the human body and its surroundings. This cybernetic apparel uses solar energy to generate warmth and monitors its users’ heart rates in order to regulate their temperature. This heat causes Dynamic Skin’s textiles to change color, creating a stunning visual representation of the human circulatory system.

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A NEW Generation: Popcore

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 10am – 7:30pm

This living exhibition will present a diverse selection of young, ecologically conscious designers’ catalogues. These promising artisans use cross-disciplinary methods to create fashion and interior items that are compatible with modern life. Their creations are exceptionally nuanced and cater to Internet-era sensibilities, while implementing transparent design protocols that leave the processes behind their finished products exposed.

© Popcore / Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 

Agri Meets Design

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

Since 2012, this cross-disciplinary platform has been promoting initiatives that are working in the space between agriculture and design. Its exhibition at Dutch Design Week will present several innovative projects that fuse these seemingly disparate fields, consequently allowing its practitioners to create new, interesting avenues of theory and practice. Large parts of Agri Meets Design’s catalogue will be edible, and its tasters are all organically grown and expertly prepared.

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De Voyeurs

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 10am – 9pm

This ongoing project explores the effects of observation on creativity. Its exhibition will allow visitors to examine products from multiple perspectives and take a peak behind its teams’ creative process. This unconventional approach is deliberately designed to encourage curiosity and playfulness, while highlighting the reciprocal relationship between production and use.

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The New Domesticity

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 7pm

The people behind the New Domesticity are eager to bring interior design into the 21st century and believe that furniture should be created according to pragmatic, experimental methods. To fulfill this requirement, they have developed an approach toward design that captures the spirit of domestic life while paying attention to the demands and needs of modern living. This model draws upon global design trends and traditions in order to create furniture that possesses a tangible sense of communality.

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Data Orchestra

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

This poignant installation is centered around a pedestal that contains an ID card reader. After a visitor swipes this feature, a computer scans their data and then reinterprets this code into a personalized melody that is performed by several automated, acoustic instruments. These chimes and bells are made from everyday items, and the installation resembles a large, fashionable living room.

The Parliament of Things

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

Parliament of Things approaches global problems from an unique perspective and believes that animals, plants, machines, and inorganic matter should all have their say when its comes to political decision-making. Obviously, these entities have a little trouble expressing themselves, due to their inability to communicate via conventional mediums. To help them out, Parliament of Things will act as their political representatives during a selection of talks encouraging dialogue between the human and nonhuman world.

© Parliament of Things / Dutch Design Week 

Reframe Refugees

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

This social media project was set up to combat the prevalent media stereotypes that persistently cast refugees as helpless, desperate victims. Thousands of refugees were invited to upload pictures and videos of their day-to-day lives allowing them to tell their own stories and reframe people’s perspectives.

© Reframe Refugees / Dutch Design Week 

Body Chair

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

This futuristic lounge chair is completely calibrated to a single user’s measurements and posture. Before being constructed, potential users submit their physical details to Body Chair’s manufacturers, allowing this studio to create a machine-made, digitally crafted and unbelievably comfortable piece of furniture. This design process is currently unique to Body Chair and represents the height of computerized manufacturing.

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Why Does My Refrigerator Know My Birthday?

📅 Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 | 11am – 6pm

As smart technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, more and more devices are able to communicate with each, creating a vast network of electronics that is often called the Internet of Things. Recently, many designers have begun to incorporate this concept into their creations and have developed objects that can be hooked up to other comparably sensitive devices. Obviously, this electronic presence can be unnerving – an issue that will be addressed at Why Does My Refrigerator Know My Birthday? via live demonstrations and tutorials.

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