18 hours ago | By Harriet Kilikita
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Stylesight flew to Eindhoven for the first weekend of Dutch Design Week 2013, with high hopes for inspiration and fresh air – and we weren’t disappointed.
The city welcomed us with sunshine, and we were among the first visitors to set foot into the ever-elegant Witte Dame for the Design Academy Graduation Show. This year the direction was highly conceptual with a lesser number of students displaying work – nonetheless remaining unmissable and referential.
Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show 2013
In the area surrounding the Academy many more events took place, and we started with Zona Ventosa, which this year surprised us with its fresh concepts and great novelty. Dutch wax fabrics manufacturer, Vlisco participated this year, with a visual feast of traditional and contemporary prints from floor to ceiling.
Another one of our perennial favorites is the Dutch Invertuals show, which once again didn’t disappoint. Entitled “Revaluate,” the show was presented in a beautiful warehouse setting where the light greatly played with the products (comprising glass and sand) that the collective presented.
From there we traversed to the Eat Drink Design exhibition, held in the incredible heritage Kazerne space. Here, Château de la Resle also introduced their first collection, designed by Reinier Bosch & Carolina Wilcke, De Intuitiefabriek and Roderick Vos.
A few of these designers were also animating the Strijp area (set in and amongst the old Philips warehouses) where the “Objects to Play” and “Ouere” exhibitions stood out for freshness and out-of-the-box thinking. Design icon, Piet Hein Eek’s space is also located here, and never fails to amaze and impress us.
Piet Hein Eek’s workshop
Last but not least, it was great to see the much loved and revered Iris Van Herpen scoop this year’s Dutch Design Award for her “Voltage” collection, however, we would have loved to have seen Stylesight favorite Lex Pott win the award. Nonetheless, we came back greatly inspired and ready for the new season ahead!
Dutch Design Week runs through October 27th, 2013, with many diverse events and talks happening throughout the week. Keep watching the site for our comprehensive coverage of this year’s show. – Gemma Riberti
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