8x Design shops
We won't tell you where you're going yet, but you'll probably go home with about four extraordinary design objects. And otherwise, you'll be bursting with inspiration. Okay, so now we've pretty much given it away. But we promise that there is still plenty to discover in one of the many design shops in Eindhoven. Head to the following spots for designer tea towels, functional furniture, and books on design.
Design comes in different shapes and sizes, but at Yksi at Strijp-S, you are always assured of sustainable products. Backpacks, rugs, clothes: before you go snacking in the store on the Torenallee, literally (at Waffelinq) and figuratively, we recommend you visit the expos for some extra inspiration.
Eat, sleep, admire ... and buy. It is no surprise that you can get your hands on some beautiful design at Kazerne, Home of Design. And most of it is from Eindhoven. If you're still looking for a luminous dandelion designed by the renowned Studio Drift, or a decorative dove made from textiles by Christien Meindertsma x T.E.? Drop by at the Paradijslaan!
Piet Hein Eek
We keep telling you: go see Piet Hein Eek. Really! This legend is one of Holland's most famous designers. His empire at Strijp-R comprises a hotel, a fry shop, a workshop, restaurants, and a two-stories design shop. Here you can buy, among other things, his iconic furniture made of scrap wood, and the Eenmal lamp. You will also find the work of Studio RENS, TWEEK-EEK, and brands such as Freitag and Carhartt. Definitely worth a visit.
An odd one out. If you would assume that this list would only consist of stores where they sell design objects. Motta specializes in books. On architecture, graphic design, photography, fashion, and design. And that makes them worthy of a spot on this list, if you ask us. You shop their collection at de Grote Berg, the Van Abbeshop, and other museum shops worldwide.
On the Hallenweg, you will find Vij5. An (online) design shop, workshop, and showroom. Arjan and Anneke actually prefer to call themselves publishers. That fits them just a little better. And, of course, this self-proclaimed title comes with an extensive collection. From Tweedoek to Lookshelf, everything in the shop is both functional and beautiful.
You're mistaken if you think that design is only a great addition to the home. Design is for showing off! So grace your body with it and hit the streets. The world is your catwalk. For this kind of design NOOF: New Order of Fashion is the perfect place. It’s a store created after a clothing collection initiative, where you only find redesigned garments on the shelves. A neat example of circular design.
Visiting Kanaalzone is always a good idea. Especially when you stop at Onomatopee. This cultural incubator-meets-publisher-meets independent design museum is another fine place to get inspired and score design books. Did you know that the books published by Onomatopee go all over the world, including at the MoMa, New York? Pretty cool!
Clothing, pillows, candles, bottle gardens. At Lyd Studio on the Nieuwe Emmasingel, they have it all. The great thing about it is that everything's designed by Dutch designers. We would like to have one of those fluorescent smiley chains from STUDIO HEEY ourselves.