What do you think about Dutch Design Week so far? That is the number one question I got last weekend during the international press tour. The answer I give is invariably the same. It’s a lot to take in and I’ll slowly digest everything I’ve seen and photographed over the next few days. And that is exactly what I’m doing as I write this blogpost on my way to another day of #DDW15. It took me a while this weekend to warm up to the ‘What if…’ theme, to be honest. I’ve seen lots of research, lots of concepts and ideas but not too many finished products. Once I got used to it though, I loved every minute of it. And I guess it’s all part of the 2015 Zeitgeist, although I can’t quite put my finger on it yet.
Today is going to be a bit of a first. An exciting first, I hasted to add. As you may know, I’m one of seven official #DDW15 bloggers. Which is a great honor, particularly because I get to do a tailor-made program today.Pretty cool. right? I’m also taking over the Dutch Design Week Instagram account.
#DDW15 so far, soooo good!
I took tons of photographs this weekend and oh boy, how I wish I could run all of them through Photoshop right now and show them to you. But alas, time is limited and so I thought I’d show you a modest selection of my favorites so far.
Lidewij Edelkoort – will the world ever get enough of her? I guess not, because she is showing us a selection of her vast art and design collection at Kazerne.
Go up to the first floor at Kazerne and you’ll discover these babies by Rogier Arents.
My camera nearly gave up on me but luckily I started working again after half an hour (phew). Just in time to take some pictures of the graduation project by Ward Wijnant. Is it a mirror? Is it a lamp? Actually it’s both and I couldn’t get enough of it. I guess I’m still a sucker for big, shiny objects.
Do you fancy Arne Hendriks? I know I do. During his tour of the Age of Wonderland exhibition at Natlab, he looked at me very intensely and convinced then and there to me to try something called kurut – a particularly pungent Kyrgyz snack that is the culinary equivalent of a slap in the face. You should try it when you’re there, but don’t forget to bring a big bottle of mineral water to get rid of the overwhelming aftertaste.
At one point during the press tour, someone got the idea to visit the Augustijnenkerk (or Paterskerk, as it’s commonly known in Eindhoven. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but as you can see the Allegorie van het Zuiden restaurant slash exhibition was definitely worth the detour.
Stay tuned for more from #DDW15 Dutch Design Week! And don’t forget to check out my takover of the Dutch Design Week Instagram account today.