Dutch Design Week is officially in full swing this week. With hundreds of design events happening throughout The Netherlands, it's difficult to narrow the list down to a reasonable amount. That's where we're here to help—we've created this insider's guide full of our favorite exhibits, workshops and events to help you navigate the best of Dutch Design Week.
This exhibit features a selection of eight young designers who design for difficult topics, including the refugee crisis and sustainability. Each project takes a different approach to research—from collaboration to alienation.
This exhibit reimagines the process of creating ceramics through the idea that breaking during production isn't such a bad thing. The artists involved in Changing the Skin want to remind everyone that traditional craft can still influence design today and tomorrow.
A student exhibition that showcases the work resulting from a workshop challenging participants to design the brick of the future. The featured designs use less energy than typical bricks and are made from recycled materials.
Here are two exhibits with two completely different views of the future—Insectology imagines a future where the Western world views eating insects as a luxury, and Veganism imagines a world in which animal exploitation is prohibited. Bring a carnivore and a vegan to both if you want to provoke a heated debate.
A virtual fairy tale desert, a psychiatric clinic for robots, Furbies with separation anxiety and predictive police—just a few things you can explore at this curious exhibit, described as a "dream trip."
This exhibit features Space Age designs that have greatly influenced later designs. Revisit the age that had unlimited faith in science and engineering through product designs, advertising and buildings, and consider how they've affected present-day design.
What if people shared political power with non-human things? What if animals, plants, objects and technologies could represent their own interests? Find out at Parliament of Things—an exhibit where interests collide and future ideas are conceived.
A call to action asking participants to create a new vision for the Netherlands. Work with data from various regions, including North Brabant, the City of Eindhoven and DataLand to solve one of four specific design challenges.
With two billion new urban dwellers in the next 25 years, we are forced to make use of vertical space. But how do we get there? Stairs are a growing challenge with taller buildings and an aging society. Lifts are not an alternative in many cases—they're too complex, too expensive and consume significant amounts of energy. Vertical Walking gives you the opportunity to explore VERTIWALK, a new solution for vertical walking.
Creating this list was no easy task—check out the rest of the wonderful Dutch Design Week events, exhibits and workshops here.
Emily is a freelance writer based in NYC with an interest in all things design, specifically the design process. When she's not writing about design, Emily can either be found taking care of her 31 houseplants, going on "nature" walks in her neighborhood or studying Japanese. Before going freelance, Emily was an Editor at Core77.