The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is one of the biggest event happening in October in the Netherlands and it is really worth going (18-26 Oct). The quality of work from Dutch designers is outstanding and so inspiring. The event is taking over the entire town of Eindhoven, offering numerous exhibitions, seminars, workshops, parties, food and drinks. Altogether there are more than 300 events at 80 different venues!
My sister Charlotte is graduating in December from the prestigious Design Academy. She invited my family over to spend the weekend in Eindhoven to show us the different events and to visit the graduation show at her school. We had such an amazing time, thanks also to the most beautiful weather. It felt like Spring time!
I will show you a selection of images of my favourite events and designers I discovered over the weekend:
We Make Carpets by Dutch trio Bob, Marcia and Stijn. Not the kind of carpet you would expect. You cannot walk on them. From a distance they may look like a carpet but come closer to discover a carpet made of pasta, colourful sponges, beer bottles, fire crackers, pegs, wooden sticks or some other everyday product.
Lunch on the sunny terrasse in the Strijp Area. There is a huge skate park right next door. We also went for a coffee at Pastry Club located in a reconverted factory.
On Sunday after a long breakfast sitting outside in the sun, we all went to visit the Piet Hein Eek factory where he reconverted an old Philips building into his workshop, showroom, shop, restaurant and studios for up and coming Dutch designers. It is such a wonderful and inspiring place to visit. Piet Hein Eek huge workshop:
Piet Hein Eek signature table made of small recycled wood blocks:
Ceramics rENs, exploring the colour red on different ceramic objects.
Make your own paper animal trophy with these step by step DIY folding kits from Dutch studio Assembli. Aren't they beautiful? I'd love to get the Giraffe for my children's bedroom. It would be a nice project to do with Ophelia on a Wednesday afternoon after school.
This morning I went to visit Woonbeurs, the Dutch Interior trade show in Amsterdam. I went along with my friends Ester Van der Paal from Babyccino and Erika Harberts from Miko Design. Erika is famous for her beautiful Paris Dolls and for making the most adorable and imaginative breakfast and afternoon tea for her daughters. I have known Erika for a while but only through her work and social media so it was nice to meet her 'for real'!
It was my first experience of an interior trade show in the Netherlands and it was a nice one. It was a good size show, not as huge as Maison et Objet so I managed to see quite a lot within my tight schedule of 1h30.
Here is my selection of things I liked. I took the photos with my phone so excuse the poor quality of the snapshots.