Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Emptying a home to fill it with talent Emptying a home to fill it with talent
October 31st, 2010

What I like about the idea of the House of Talent is that many of the designs to be seen during a week like this can be somewhat obtuse, hardly practical – bordering on art. There’s nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, sometimes you feel like you’re walking through a trade show or some sort of “home and interiors fair” which is a little bit uninspiring in terms of “design” in an important sense (mind you, beautiful stuff). What this House of Talent is, is three-fold. It creates a podium for a range of designers and it puts an interesting range of products in context. Then there’s the third bit. You need the talent of curators Nanning and Mischa to put the right pieces together, from the right curtain color to the complementary artwork (not part of the exhibition, but fitting nonetheless).

Converting deadwood into artefacts of wonder Converting deadwood into artefacts of wonder
October 31st, 2010

Dutch Invertuals have taken medieval oak and turned the crumbling former foundations to Eindhoven’s entrance from 600 years ago, into objects that encourage the contemplation of time, a respectful reflection on paper and printing and the notion of allowing an object to assert its own shape, rather than the other way around. Listen to the designers tell their stories in this short film. Fascinating and exciting work taking place in Eindhoven. One of the very best shows here during Dutch Design Week 2010.

No artificial flavourings: Nanine Linning’s Synthetic Twin No artificial flavourings: Nanine Linning’s Synthetic Twin
October 27th, 2010

Earlier today while numbly wandering through the Klokgebouw I started to worry about the stagnation of innovation, as I saw the tendency to re-hash design ideas and to the point we start to believe that those same old things are actually new. But tonight, my faith was restored. What I saw was a renewal of expression, the richness that a creative mind can give to telling an old story in a new way, or of finding a weird analogy that speaks for our times. Real, honest and anything but synthetic. This performance and this piece will stay with me for a while yet. Keep a close eye on this spot, for modern dance has won the attention of The Dossier … we may have to find a new category title for it. For now, it will go under music.

Still wondering whether Design can make sense of sustainable Business Still wondering whether Design can make sense of sustainable Business
October 27th, 2010

When you attend a session promising business, design and sustainability, you do come with expectations. I expected to see designers speak, perhaps with some charismatic businesspeople, and that what we’d be shown would be inspired concepts. It is after all Dutch Design Week! But the first two presentations were by a development manager, followed by a technical designer type who walked us through rather dry business cases. The third had a passionate salesman/designer at the forefront, but where was the real story under it all? What gave us reason to call this a sustainability seminar? Where were the aspirational images and concepts?

Bright TV endorses Dutch design Bright TV endorses Dutch design
October 26th, 2010

According to the website: “Bright is the premium innovative lifestyle media brand in the Netherlands and Belgium covering and connecting digital technology, culture and design. Bright Magazine (circulation 125,000) was first published in February 2005. is our continuously updated news and video site.” They also have an iPhone app Bright.

The Bright TV crew were at DDW on Saturday and this is what they saw – so many impressions and so many good things to say about the work in Eindhoven. It’s in Dutch only.

Take some solemn fashion vows at DDW Take some solemn fashion vows at DDW
October 26th, 2010

This year’s fashion design highlights from all the major Dutch academies are on show, curated by talent scout Carlo Wijnands. Modebelofte 2010, the fourth edition now, gives recently graduated fashion talents the podium, from Amsterdam to Maastricht and from Arnhem to The Hague. And of course Eindhoven.

Dampeners that will lift your spirits Dampeners that will lift your spirits
October 25th, 2010

Fieldz is a new brand from Den Bosch (as we like to call it locally) – in full it’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch. I spoke to its founder, Marjan Veltkamp, who told me about her happy accident at finding a new way of uplifting and also calming people while keeping noise levels down. Her customers to date have been schools, physiotherapy clinics, offices and private clients. She also says she is astonished at how her idea has found a solid foothold already and threatens to burst completely out of control, and the future of her business is very promising. You can meet Marjan or see her acoustic work at Dutch Design Week in the Machinekamer on Strijp-S, in Eindhoven until 31 October.

Meeting ingenuity at Dutch Design Week Meeting ingenuity at Dutch Design Week
October 24th, 2010

I was running late, as usual, when I made it into the Oiva Toikka art and design exhibition currently on in the Ketelhuis at Strijp-S. I was actually looking for Oiva himself. I couldn’t spot the eighty-year-old professor amongst the hoards, and so – although despondent, I exalted in the beautiful works (even though he has been known to say it’s work bordering on bad taste, I certainly disagree!) on display to celebrate 50 years as a designer with Ittala. But then I saw a fellow journalist, Anniina Koivu (Abitare) with an entourage of Czech, Finnish and Dutch ladies. Oiva was chatting away somewhere in amongst his attentive crowd, so I latched on and this is the result. Enjoy – I certainly did.

SPAM! talks about Design SPAM! talks about Design
October 24th, 2010

Just a little happy kick for The Dossier, to see how Rocco Verdult has been celebrated for his nomination in the RADO Young Designer of the Year as part of the Dutch Design Awards 2010 on the SPAM! talkshow, and how he used the film I made to illustrate his work. Nice one, and Rocco, I hope you do get to do Rob Frank’s 60th birthday party. It’ll be an unforgettable one!

The people who design change The people who design change
October 22nd, 2010

This morning’s 1st World Design Forum press breakfast at Eindhoven’s Parktheatre was intimate. I did speak to some of the very relaxed speakers prior to taking the stage. I asked Stefano Marzano what he was going to say. “I didn’t pick the title of my speech. It’s called Next Design. I know what I want […]

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