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A week of Dutch design inspiration TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK
Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is the biggest design event in Northern Europe. For nine days people from all over the world come together in this southern city to share their love for design and fashion. With works from more than 2,500 designers, over 275,000 visitors and events in approximately 100 locations, Dutch Design Week is a must-visit for anyone with a passion for industrial design, interior design, graphic design, food design, design management, textiles and fashion. The whole city will be under the spell of the countless lectures, workshops, exhibitions, parties, and award ceremonies. Whether you are a designer, a student, a business, or just a 10 | Issue 34 | October 2016
curious visitor, Eindhoven is well worth a visit in October.
Eindhoven: The Netherlands’ creative and technological heart Only few cities in the world combine creativity with knowledge and technology as well as Eindhoven. Being home to the renowned Eindhoven University of Technology, the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and the Design Academy Eindhoven, this southern city lies in the heart of ‘Brainport’, a region for technology of world standing. Brainport is home to many internationally acclaimed companies such as ASML, DAF Trucks, and Philips. It was the same Philips that put Eindhoven on the map and laid the groundwork for
the city’s allure of design and technology. Philips Electronics and Lightning was one of the first companies to mass producing light bulbs, and later enhanced its success with the compact disc and cassette tape. Due to Eindhoven’s development into a centre for innovation, research, and design, it is no wonder that the first design academy of the Netherlands was also founded in Eindhoven.
All roads lead to design There are many routes to take during the Dutch Design Week – all will lead you to interesting events focused on design or fashion. Always wanted to know more about Dutch digital design? Visit the Klokgebouw on Friday for an insightful lecture. Ready to unwind with
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