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28 Grams of Happiness Image: Rive Roshan

This year’s Dutch Design Week ran from October 20 – 28 and welcomed 2,600 designers and a whopping 355,000 visitors. These are 12 of our favourite projects from the week.

1. Studio Mieke Lucia

Dutch designer Mieke Lucia van den Hout specialises in sound absorbing objects with tactile surfaces and intuitive colour palettes. For Dutch Design Week 2018 she created this series of wall hangings and room dividers entitled Tangible Tufts.

2. Pelle Shilling

Amsterdam-based installation artist Pelle Shilling presented Incandescence – Rain which consisted of a grid of angle grinders producing shower of sparks and sound. As Shilling explains: “As a little boy, standing on the stairs, I watched with big eyes the welders at their work, amazed at the spectacle. The older I got I became less a spectator and more a participant. Because of this my primary focus shifted to the functionality of the machines, so much so I forgot my amazement for secondary, the aesthetics. Now for this project, I’ve taken this beauty out of context of the workshop so I can be amazed again and share this with others.”

3. Raw Color

Eindhoven-based designers Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach specialise in graphic, product and exhibition design. For Dutch Design Week they presented Props & Prints which was a study of the different aspects of colour including density, proportion, shade, translucency and blending. By rearranging the parts of the object one can change its appearance.

4. Studio Mo Man Tai

The Ba hoe installation by Studio Mo Man Tai had the single objective of spreading “positive vibes”. Like the word itself the colourful exhibit intended to create a moment of joy and excitement for the viewer.

5. Wang & Söderström

Wang & Söderström’s Array is a collaboration between Wang & Söderström and Prof Magnus Borgström + Dr Vilgailė Dagytė from NanoLund / Lunds University as part of the What Matter_s exhibit at Dutch Design Week. They looked at the properties and geometry nanowire – a technology used in solar cells and other electronic devices. The objects in Array are designed to “absorb excess heat and release it when the temperature cools, by incorporating a phase change material (PCM) that melts above 21ºC, absorbing thermal energy, and solidifies below it, releasing heat back into the  room.”

6. The Materialists

Using leftover leather and scraps from industrial production The Materialists’ eight designers took on the challenge of creating something beautiful from what would otherwise be thrown away.

7. Studio Rens

Studio Rens, a research based design studio, was commissioned by Dutch design brand PODE to create Finissage which was an investigation of new ways of applying colour: “In the workplace, experiments were carried out with the nozzle opening, the distance between paint dispenser and object, and various viscosities and transparencies of paint. The lacquer was applied to various types of timber, textile panels (by Kvadrat), and glass. To be able to furnish metal panels with a colour, powder coatings with different degrees of coverage were employed.”

8. Rive Roshan

Rive Roshan, an experimental design studio, created exquisite partition installation and new objects for the sensory dining experience 28 Grams of Happiness.

9.  Baars & Bloemhoff

TIME IS NOW presented by Dutch material brand Baars & Bloemhoff consisted of four thematic rooms containing a playful mix of various Baars & Bloemhoff flat-pack furniture pieces and other items from other designers working across various disciplines.


Eindhoven-based designers Esther Jongsma and Sam van Gurp created this installation pavilion which offered fair visitors a place to stop and enjoy some solar lighting and heating.

11. Astrid Luglio

Italian designer Astrid Luglio created these delicate objets and vessels in response to the brief of experimenting with macrame. She took inspiration from ancient Roman vessels and flasks which were often decorated with wicker weave.

12. BJM Studio

Berlin-based interdisciplinary studio BJM Studio created Rotor 3D as an exploration of the perception of time: “This metaphysical, interactive installation starts with the primal viewpoint of a static two-dimensional picture of present time, a reflecting series of clock hands. Stepping to one side, the viewer will open a flow of various moments/points of time on the scale of the future, past and his or her own present.”

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Looking for more design week inspiration? Read Maison & Objet 2018: Deco’s Favourites7 Futuristic Designs That Will Change Cities and London Design Biennale: 7 Inspiring Installations next.