Event Report: Dutch Design Week 2015, Eindhoven | NL

Shopping street in central area surrounded with newly-built stores with medieval clock tower as the background.

Shopping street in central area surrounded with newly-built stores with medieval clock tower as the background.

Happy Back to the Future day!

I went to Eindhoven to check Dutch Design Week 2015 event this weekend to see a glimpse of our future, and it was awesome!

It was my first time in the city. However, I didn't get to see much of the city yet because I am focusing on checking out the event. My first impression of the city was that it's a pretty modern city, pretty much like Rotterdam but more laid-back and not as intense.

I was wrong...

Industrial material used at Eindhoven Design Institute.

Industrial material used at Eindhoven Design Institute.

Looks can be deceiving, when it comes to Eindhoven’s history. Modern as the city is today, it is in fact one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands. Henry I, Duke of Brabant, already chartered the then little village of “Endehoven” in 1232, as part of his extensive town planning process. The city was destroyed and rebuilt several times in its written history. Eventually the town established itself as a trade location en route from Holland to Liège. Its industrial activities initially centered around tobacco and textiles.
— http://wikitravel.org/en/Eindhoven
Downtown scene during WW II, 1944.

Downtown scene during WW II, 1944.

Apparently the city has gone through several number of re-starts. Eindhoven has an interesting condition where those start-overs can mean the city has been constantly re-defining its center until its current state. Home for Phillips and DAF (Truck / lorry manufacturer), industrial revolution definitely plays a great role into the dynamic of the city. Eindhoven has adapted a successful integration of academia, industry, and government. It's been awarded as the world smartest region and is referred as Brainport.

Having said that, no wonder the city is able to manage major event in such a scale like Dutch Design Week.

 

DDW 2015

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The event is happening in more than 100 locations throughout the city with 3 main locations, Central, East, and West (Strijp Area). Apart from exhibitions, they also have music venues and performances in multiple areas every day. The event offers many things to see and is really a big thing for the city of Eindhoven and even Netherland. It is overwhelming in a positive way and impossible to check everything in one day or even a week.

They've curated themed routes for different audiences to experience the event. I was there only for the day and went to check several areas in Central, one of the main highlights is the graduation show of students from Design Academy Eindhoven.

Check here for DDW 15 map.

 

Graduation Show Design Academy Eindhoven

I was blown away by the quality of the work by the students. The entire fourth floor of DAE Building was filled with amazing projects that can be easily be placed in art museums or be in the front page of designboom or dezeen. 

Checked wikipedia real quick, turns out some alumni from DAE has been nominated as designers of the year by Design Museum, London. Legit.

Among all brilliant projects, I sum up several projects that caught my attention.

 

Textiles

Stuffed quilting, manipulating material behavior through injecting new element. 

Stuffed quilting, manipulating material behavior through injecting new element. 

Biff's jacket in Back to the Future

Biff's jacket in Back to the Future

This project has been predicted by the movie decades ago and here we are now living the future. Expanding its possible application beyond clothing, Anaick Lejart developed stuffed quilting in relation to her vision on industrial production of 3D carpets. Her project opens up the possibility to be integrated to outdoor structures or inflatable elements.

Please do touch! - Exploring the language of tactility.

Please do touch! - Exploring the language of tactility.

Instead of investigating the field of visual and digital design, this project is pushing further possibilities of incorporating etherial experience of touch and feel towards surfaces or objects. The surface iteration derives from Bori Kovacs's argument on offering similar stimuli experience of nature on manmade objects.

 

Digital Fabrication

Delta 3D printer with modified nozzle for clay.

Delta 3D printer with modified nozzle for clay.

Pepsi Perfect bottle in BTTF.

Pepsi Perfect bottle in BTTF.

No, this is not a machine to print your own Pepsi Perfect bottle at home. MIT recently developed 3D printing method using glass. Here in Eindhoven, students get to modify Delta 3D printer to be able to print with clay. Emulating the traditional handicraft, with custom algorithm, the printer gets to produce a certain glitch in order to make every print unique. This project is in a way a successful strategy to congregate vernacular material with digital fabrication method. 

Combination of resin and braided yarn to create 3D printed like structure.

Combination of resin and braided yarn to create 3D printed like structure.

3D Weaving Warp is not another 3D printing related project. Arielle Andreotti is investigating traditional weaving techniques and combines it with todays technology. She developed a method to freeze the braided yarn and use it as element of structure depends on its shape. This is an exciting alternative fabrication method apart from increasingly getting saturated fused deposition modeling 3D printing method. 

 

Analog Fabrication

Metal inserts and joints to further utilize bamboo in building construction.

This project is taking advantage of layering the plywood to create alternative way to fabricate plywood. The result is a whole new possibility to explore a new dimension from what was before perceived as surface or 2 dimensional material.

This project is trying to preserve ancient wood working method that is on the brink of extinction. Pegs as part of fabrication method is incorporated as part of the final product.

 

Other Products

Space, a brilliant project by Ward Wijnant, explores the duality characteristic of a lamp when its being switch on or off. By enclosing the lamp with reflective material, the presence of the lamp when it's turned off will transform the room by blending in with the surrounding and expanding the space it's in.

Shay Raviv's vision of the future. Work doesn't have to be bounded with physical space anymore. Technology has allowed the activity to be executed in a more agile and dynamic fashion. As work can be done anywhere, Hotel Travail provide mobile stations for traveling workers.

Neo, a new concept of musical instrument by Lola Gielen offers anyone to experience making music. The instrument is designed to be operated through simple gestures. 

At the era of digital information, Jos Klarenbeek's creates analog infographic model called Cowtarium, an installation that explains dairy products that are extracted from a cow, milk, butter, cheese, eat, bones, veal, etc. The model in the center along with the ring reveals information of a certain project as you orient the cow around.