Dutch Design Week 2018: "If Not Us, Then Who?"

Dutch Design Week is the largest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and concepts from more than 2,600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors from home and abroad.

This year’s event took place from 20–28 October 2018 with the annual theme “If not us, then who?” the Dutch Design Week is addressing its role and responsibility of design(ers) in creating our future world.

We covered the main exhibitions from all over town in this gallery including material experiments, a few installations and product concepts. We’ll follow up with a closer look on three major exhibitions.

If not us, then who?
This year’s theme focuses on the impact and responsibility of design(ers) in defining how our future world will look like.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
Making and Metal
The national Crafts Council organization is sharing results of a five day masterclass where eight curious designers collaborated with experienced metalworkers. These metal/wood experiments are by Nane-Sophie Bergmann.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
Making and Metal
The national Crafts Council organization is sharing results of a five day masterclass where eight curious designers collaborated with experienced metalworkers. These metal/wood experiments are by Nane-Sophie Bergmann.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
What Matter_s
Ten design studios and ten material researchers from southern Sweden have been collaborating at the intersection of art and science during six months.
Designer Anny Wang and architect Tim Söderström have been working with the NanoLund company. They were impressed with the (invisible) nanowire structures mimicked them into something visible, a heating element to regulate room temperature.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
What Matter_s
Ten design studios and ten material researchers from southern Sweden have been collaborating at the intersection of art and science during six months.
Industrial designer Petra Lilja collaborated with bioscientist Ramune Kukaite and developed bioplastic recipies based on wheat-derived gluten. This material exploration titled “Gleather Glubber” demonstrates a wide range of shapes, colors and textures for future design applications.
Photo credit: Photo by Marina Jackler
VEEM
This year, the Dutch Invertuals were invited as curator to transform the parking garage of the VEEM building into an impressive exhibition. Endless flows of visitors used the glowing car ramps to move between floors.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
This Is Urine
Sinae Kim (Central Saint Martins) is demonstrating her Urine Ware, a collection of decorative vessels glazed with urine-based minerals. Her project demonstrates the potential use of 2,8 billion gallons of human urine which is currently unused/wasted per day on a global scale. The shape of the vessels is inspired by the human bladder.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
This Is Urine
Sinae Kim (Central Saint Martins) is demonstrating her Urine Ware, a collection of decorative vessels glazed with urine-based minerals. Her project demonstrates the potential use of 2,8 billion gallons of human urine which is currently unused/wasted per day on a global scale. The shape of the vessels is inspired by the human bladder.
Photo credit: Photo by Aart van Bezooijen
This Is Not A Vase
Robert Hahn (Burg Giebichenstein University Halle) takes an artistic approach to the industrial extrusion technology. Unlike creating perfect/straight profiles, his objects (not vases) are formed using the pasty behavior of various clays.
Photo credit: Photo by Robert Haslbeck
150 Wooden Shoes
Max Stalter (Burg Giebichenstein University Halle) has been exploring the symbolic power of the wooden shoe. He manipulated various wooden shoes to reflect contextual issues such as climate change, personal identity, political views, social status and advertising, or better said: “branding”.
Photo credit: Photo by Robert Haslbeck

View the full gallery here
Source: core77

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