Allegory of the South in the Augustijnenker
Atelier Van Asseldonk drew inspiration from the cheerful dining scenes depicted in the paintings in the Augustijnenkerk, by Jan Steen and Pieter Breugel, for their attractive interior for the church. For the whole of Dutch Design Week this will form the splendid backdrop for festive lunches and dinners. This entourage is intended to resurrect the atmosphere of bygone days. You take your place at long tables, where you engage in animated conversations with the people sitting next to you, even though you do not know them. Checking your smartphone is strictly forbidden. The food is of the highest calibre, prepared by chef Dick Middelweerd from the restaurant De Treeswijkhoeve (2 Michelin stars) in Waalre. He prepares his dishes with regional products and even the flowers, which are here in abundance, come from the region. Everywhere you look you see exceptional and weird design objects, like a candle stick oxidized with urine. It stands happily in the middle of the dining table. Dinner costs 150 Euro including drinks and almost all the seats are reserved. But don’t despair, outside there is a market that is part of this Allegory of the South. Small dishes are served here, and naturally the traditional Brabant sausage roll is available.
Location: Paterskerk, Tramstraat 37
Open daily until 25 October, 11:00-00:00 hours
A sewn horse between your legs
Huh, fashion in a football stadium? The world of testosterone, beer and football hooligans does not seem like the most obvious place to showcase avant-garde fashion. But as this year’s theme is sportswear, Modebelofte (fashion promise) curators Niek Pulles and Harm Rensink are very happy with the Philips stadium (PSV home turf) as a place to show work by the 42 (!) fashion designers they selected. Divided over six tunnels we see work from international up & coming designers from the London Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martens, the Dutch Rietveld Academy, ArtEZ and the Taiwan fashion academy – to name but a few. What do we see? Think walking ball pits, trousers with a sewn horse between the legs and a gruesome bright red dress made from silicon poured onto the floor that has subsequently been torn apart, which evokes associations with blood.
Looking for an alternative revenue model
In Dadabase in the OXI exhibition Govert Flint explores a new revenue model for designers. A visitor’s face is scanned by a camera upon arrival, and age, gender and race are recognized by the software. The system can also detect the visitor’s emotion: are you surprised or shocked by a work of art or does it not mean anything to you? This data is valuable. On the internet, data mining like this is already applied on a large scale, but in the physical world not so often yet. And that while trend watchers would pay good money if they knew what visual language, style or colours were going to be popular in a particular section of the population. This research is on show at Sectie C, the sparkling incubator for Dutch Design Week, where 180 creative entrepreneurs, artisans and artists open the doors of their studios to the public. Pay the OXI exhibition curated by Justine Kontou a visit and contribute towards the designer becoming self-supporting.
Open daily until 25 October from 12/14:00 to 21:00 hours
Open Ended - Lidewij Edelkoort
Lidewij Edelkoort, possibly the most important trend watcher in the world, became the director of the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1999. This was also the time when Philips moved its head office from Eindhoven to Amsterdam. But Lidewij appeared to be a game changer. She turned the Design Academy into a world-famous institute and the Dutch Design Week, in the former Philips factories, became an international crowd-puller. But Edelkoort left Eindhoven in 2008 after a row. Now she is back with an exhibition of her own design collection in De Kazerne. It has become design from another era, the time of art design or autonomous design, not the socially engaged design that predominates these days. It is more about art here than about functionality, with many chairs that are not intended for sitting. But it is a beautiful loving collection from by-now leading designers who were embraced by Lidewij as young talents. If you are in De Kazerne anyway, check out the 3D-printed shoes that are exhibited there. You can try them on too.
Graduation Show Design Academy Eindhoven
Refugee crisis, financial crisis, climate crisis… The world seems to succumb to misery sometimes. Do you want to regain positivity and get the feeling it will be alright with the world: do go to the graduation show.
Saturday 17 October from 13:00 to 18:00 hours, other days from 11:00 hours to 18:00 hours, Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October open until 20:00 hours.
Studio Knol researches mass behaviour
How docile are you? Do you follow the crowds or do you take your own path? You are confronted with these questions the moment you come in. Three gates: above every gate there is a designer name. Do you go through the gate with the long queue? Or do you choose the gate you can simply walk through?
bioart laboratories & playing life in veemgebouw
Algae lamps, fungi chairs and insect bioplastic – quite a lot of biotech has been on show at Dutch Design Week in the last few years. This year too, centred on the Veemgebouw’s eighth floor in the BioArt Laboratories exhibition.
On the other side of the same space you can see the exhibition Playing Life by Transnatural, which depicts the (future) world of design with living materials – just like bio art at the cutting edge of art and science. A highlight: salmon leather by Nienke Hoogvliet, research into the possibility of developing materials from organic waste products from the sea, like fish skin for example. When fish skin is processed using time honoured tanning methods, it takes on the same qualities as that of pig skin or cow leather. A benefit: there are no scary chemicals involved in this process. It looks really cool and it does not smell of fish. We cannot understand why this is not produced on a large scale.
clay cookies by arie syarifud
From rollercoaster to epileptic fits
Delicious ball of in vitro meat
Fatigued sauntering and from all the stimuli? Feel like an ice-cream, despite the rigours of the autumn (bonus tip: wear a warm sweater and a waterproof jacket, lots of the spaces are not heated), then visit the red ice-cream cart in the Veemgebouw hall. There you will be served by the friendliest ice-cream man ever who has all sorts of different ice-creams to choose from, bacon flavour ice-cream, dragon flavour ice-cream and even polar bear ice-cream.
Portrets Dutch Design Awards
English subtitles are available.