With the annually recurring Dutch Design Week and the internationally renowned Design Academy, Eindhoven is called the Design Capital of the Netherlands for a reason. Actually, this city offers great design all year round. For example at one of the following six design hotspots.
Piet Hein Eek
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Piet Hein Eek is an integral part of the city. Not only is he present during the annual Dutch Design Week, but he and his work can also be found all year round in his showroom, workshop, and restaurant. Located in the old ceramic workshop of Philips, you'll find design in its complete form: to look at, to buy, and made from all kinds of materials, colors, and flavors. From his famous scrap wood furniture and tea towels to the adjoining restaurant where you can enjoy surprising taste combinations. You can even spend the night at Hotel Piet Hein Eek, where you can sleep in a Piet Hein Eek bed.
‘House of Design’ is the credo of Kazerne. On the Paradijslaan, in a former military barrack with an adjoining warehouse, you will find design paradise. Here you have the opportunity to dine surrounded by design, visit changing exhibitions of both established designers and newcomers, and dream of design in one of the spectacular hotel rooms. And if you’re craving even more, then pay a visit to their in-house design shop!
Onomatopee is also called the '[Un]decided Design Museum' of Eindhoven. Where you can find design in book form, which is always accompanied by a boundary-pushing exhibition. In an unconventional manner, all disciplines seem to come together; graphic designers, artists, creative writers and more join forces and plead for progressivity. Not only will you find the work of Onomatopee in our own city, but also in the New York City MoMa.
You'll find Kelderman and Van Noort just outside of Strijp-S. This is an exhibition space, restaurant, and incubator all in one. KEVN is no stranger to Eindhoven. They started out in 2008 on the corner of Keldermanstraat and Willem van Noortlaan – which immediately tells you where they got the name from. After a stopover at the NRE site, they're now located on Galileistraat in Woensel-West, just a stone's throw from the Strijp-S station.
As vibrant and inspiring as Sectie-C is today, that was how deserted the former Stork-Nolte site was in 2007. Take a look at THE POOL for example, this cultural club house, is a great spot to get your dose of design during the exhibitions en parties. Anyway, Section-C is a must-visit. Today, the site is home to more than 250 designers, artists, musicians, writers, and artisans, who open the doors to their creativity for you during Dutch Design Week. Among others, Nacho Carbonell, Niels Hoebers, Collaboration O, and VANTOT have their studios there. You can also catch a glimpse of this creative incubator outside DDW. Thanks to cultural clubhouse THE POOL and events like the Fotofestival Eindhoven, #DesignOpen, and Bier & Big.