Dutch Design Week 2016

The 15th edition of Eindhoven’s Dutch Design Week (DDW) runs October 22nd -30th 2016 in the iconic and modernistic city Eindhoven, Netherlands. This year visitor’s projections are amounting to 275,000+ with national and international background.


Over 2,500 designers with various background will exhibit the novelties they have to show under the spotlight, the venues across the city will be around 100. Visitors can indulge ‘Dutch design’ which is free, unconventional design.

The festival’s regular program include the Design Academy Eindhoven’s Graduation Show and the presentation of the annual Dutch Design Awards, as well as a music programme.


For 2016, renowned designer Maarten Baas and Fairphone creator Bas van Abel take on these roles, respectively reflecting the festival’s emphasis on interdisciplinary experimentation and sustainable, civic-minded design. ‘The Making of’ serves as this year’s theme, placing emphasis on the production process as well as the producers themselves, as opposed to the ultimate object or function, of design. With slogans: “If not now then when”, “Persistence is fruitful”, “Design with your heart”, where the Dutch Design Foundation wants to challenge designers to present the best of what they have to the world.


The ambassadors for DDW 2016 are Maarten Baas and Bas van Abel.

DDW 2016 are Maarten Baas and Bas van Abel

Maarten Baas

Designer Maarten Baas, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Week celebrating an interdisciplinary exhibition together around the theme of time “MAARTEN BAAS MAKES TIME”.

Bas van Abel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fairphone

Bas van Abel

Bas van Abel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fairphone, a company on a mission to create the world’s first “completely fair” smartphone, placing people and social values first in the design process. He looks for sustainable practices in industrial standards.

“Choosing Bas van Abel is in line with the organisers’ conviction that there is an increasing, widely supported demand for new schools of thought for social issues and honest, sustainable products,” said Dutch Design Foundation.

To see these and many more exciting exhibitions, lecturers, industry players and great design ideas  visit Dutch Design Week this week, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

We will also be posting highlights from social media below, so stay tuned for more news from the event as it happens. 

Words: Gabriela Venkova

* This feed was updated during the week ( this event has now ended )-  media tag 





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