10 must sees during DDW

From 19 until 27 October, Eindhoven is all about design. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents the work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to visitors from home and abroad. Don’t know where to start? We got you covered with these 10 must-sees during your visit to Dutch Design Week.

Strijp-S | Ketelhuisplein

Like every year, Strijp-S is a not-to-miss stop during your visit to DDW. And you might as well clear your whole day for just this area. One of the highlights is the impressive Biobasecamp on Ketelhuisplein. Biobasecamp is a pavilion and architectural expression of how "building with trees" can contribute to the reduction of CO2 and nitrogen, by replacing conventional building materials such as concrete with biobased materials.

Strijp T | TQ

Every Dutch Design Week, TQ offers an interesting mix of exhibitions. Eindhoven University of Technology presents the latest developments in the field of innovation with ‘Drivers of Change’, Elle Decoration researches the Worklife theme together with Tarkett, and social designer Rocco Verdult visualizes moments from WWII history with his exhibition STILLLEVEN. Discover this and much more in the TQ building at Strijp T.

Elle Decoration at Dutch Design Week 2018

Strijp R | Piet Hein Eek

Once again, Piet Hein Eek will present his new collection during Dutch Design Week. What’s more, special collaborations and interesting work by design talents will be on display throughout the site in the various ateliers and studios. Plenty to discover in a couple of hours!

Plan-B | Kiki & Joost

You may have to take a little detour for this one, but it’ll certainly be worth your while. The former Philips-lab Plan-B on industrial estate De Hurk has developed into a creative hotspot in recent years. It has been home to designer duo Kiki & Joost for three years. As Kiki & Joost are opening a new workshop next to Campina, Plan B will display TRACES of the designers’ creative process and remnants of studio daily life. The feeling of fading grandeur and absence gives extra impact to the projects. Curious to see their new workshop? It’s located in the Campina district!

Warehouse of Innovation | New Order of Fashion / Modebelofte

Modebelofte is an annual presentation of some of the brightest talents in fashion. New Order of Fashion has selected the most inventive and progressive works of academies worldwide, that challenge prevailing conventions, systems, constructs and boundaries. These graduation projects address urgent universal issues, ranging from climate change and the call for ecological and social justice, to a level playing field for cultural and gender diversity. The end is near. Time for new beginnings.


Design is a materialistic phenomenon. And that is a challenge, as good design today has to be responsible. The CIRCULAR > MATERIALISTS exhibition in Kazerne shows more than 40 works that fit within themes such as: Waste No More (Eileen Fischer), autonomous robots (Arvid & Marie) and the relation between man and materiality (Studio Drift). Discover how both large labels and starting designers tackle the fundamentally contradictory theme of sustainable design.

Market Square | GEM tower

A green solution for festivals, the GEM is a hybrid, fold-our, eye-catching tower that makes festivals more sustainable. The tower generates energy through solar panels and a wind turbine, and the energy is stored in a battery. It was put together by a European team of 10 companies. The colorful object will be on display on Market Square in downtown Eindhoven.

Graduation Show: 182 projects by Design Academy graduates

Fuutlaan | Dutch Invertuals

Dutch Invertuals is a changing collective of designers, annually curated by DDW 2018 ambassador Wendy Plomp. And this year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary! This milestone will be celebrated during Dutch Design Week, with an exhibition of emerging and established designers such as Architects of Identity (Edhv), Daphna Laurens, Raw Color and Martens & Visser, who set off on a journey to redesign one of the most iconic shapes in the universe: the circle.

Campina Melkfabriek | Graduation Show

After a successful first edition in 2018, the Design Academy Eindhoven will once again present the Graduation Show at this historic location. Discover 182 projects by the academy’s Bachelor and Master graduates. If you’re interested, check out The Arena on the site, where attention is paid on the context and possible implications of the work on display, through presentations, performances, film screenings, and debates.

Sectie-C | KaKaKaKa

Sectie-C is a dynamic site on the outskirts of Eindhoven. An abandoned industrial area with several design studios, studios, gardens, stages, and laboratories. During DDW, Sectie-C offers a full programme of 20 exhibitions and more than 50 open studios. A number of creatives will also open their studios for a culinary experience. In an intimate atmosphere, you will get to know the designers and their way of working while enjoying a special lunch or dinner in the middle of table saws, welding machines, and drills.

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