Considering that some 2,500 designers exhibited during Dutch Design Week 2015, we can only hope to publish a tiny fraction of the projects on view. If the Graduation Show sees the majority of the proper debuts, it is the neighborhoods of Strijp and Sectie C — former industrial areas undergoing wholesale conversion to creative spaces — that draw visitors for a broad smattering of design (Dutch and otherwise) in all its glorious manifestations.
Again, these photos largely belie the crowds that showed up at the exhibitions, especially in Strijp-S, which was teeming with families throughout the nine-day duration of DDW, with a carnival-like atmosphere during the weekends. Sectie C, which is farther afield, was expectedly more subdued, but also well worth visiting for its "open studios" vibe and the strong sense of community throughout.
If the exhibitions skew toward Design Academy alums (again, disclosure that I am a student at DAE), it is precisely because more grads are sticking around, taking advantage of the cheap studio space, not to mention the sense of community. Alternately, it was interesting to see what the industrial design students at the technical universities are up to, as in the Mind the Step and Material Sense exhibitions; also included here are a few snapshots of the exhibitions at Piet Hein Eek and Natlab (near Strijp-S).