Highlights Dutch Design Week 2015

Innovative designs, young and established designers and a cool backdrop sums up Dutch Design Week, which kickstarted last weekend and will continue this week until the 15th of october. I pay a visit every year, but this year we decided to take a more relaxed approach and book a hotel. Apart from the bumpy start (public transport wasn’t cooperating) we didn’t want it to end, two days filled with design and great food is pretty much how we’d love to spend every day of the year.

Are you visiting as well? The Dutch Design Week is huge and one day is definitely not enough, but since we understand that visiting two days isn’t an option for everyone, we wanted to share our highlights with you. What to visit if you only have on day:

Joyce: “If you only have one hour, I’d skip all the places except the Graduation Show. The location is conveniently located in the city center, but even if it was a 45 minute bike ride I’d still recommend it. Every year I’m blown away by the graduates (fav this year? Fabian Zeijler!) and their innovative designs, and having the opportunity to speak with the designers makes the experience complete. And the second location is Piet Hein Eek. You can visit his workshop, the store and restaurant while seeing new talent as well. Go up the stairs and walk all the way to the back – while passing many great designs by Piet Hein Eek such as his new marble wallpaper – and stumble upon the Young Designer Exhibition. Also up the stairs, to your left, are two art exhibitions. And if you’re curious about Piet Hein Eek’s new architecture projects, you can sneak into the building site (located on the right from the Piet Hein Eek building) and visit his latest project RAG.”

Leon: “The first evening we had dinner at the Kazerne, of course styled to perfection, but the dinner was what we were here for and the chefs didn’t disappoint! Great food, great location and great exhibitions. From Open Ended by Lidewei Edelkoort to a selection of the top 10 Dutch designers by Eigen Huis & Interieur, this place has to be on your list (if you want to have lunch and dinner as well, it’s recommended to make a reservation). And since my whole excuse of coming to the Dutch Design Week was to eat, I’m recommending the Veemgebouw as well. The just opened Vershal het Veem offered great food (we had pepernoten and a meat platter, great combination indeed). The exhibition was a struggle to get into (two elevators and a lot of people while the stairs were nowhere to be found) but it is worth it. My favorite? The Shylight by Studio Drift: lights made out of layers of silk, descending to blossom, to subsequently close and retreat upwards again.

Practical info:
Last day to visit is 25th of October
Most locations are open between 11:00 and 19:00. Piet Hein Eek until 21:00.
Pay a Passe Partout for €16,- online and you can visit all locations
There are free Volvo rides and Hop on Hop of buses, but renting a bike is the preferred way to go as on busy days you have to queu for a ride. Rent free bikes at the Wheels Center (Ketelhuisplein) if you have a Passe Partout.