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The „Dutch Design Week“ (DDW), the largest design festival in the Netherlands, will take place this year from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October, as always in Eindhoven. Once again, everything revolves around the design of the future and the future of design. For nine days, around 2500 designers* will present their innovative solutions in the fields of product design, interior design, graphic design, textiles, fashion, design management and trends at more than 100 locations throughout the city. In addition to established institutions and renowned designers, works by talented young designers and graduates of design universities will also be shown – including participants of the “German Design Graduates”.

Thematically, DDW23 appeals to everyone’s imagination under the title “Picture This”, but especially to the commitment of designers, their ways of thinking and their power of visualisation. The question of what the world would look like in 20, 50, 100 years if we continued to live as we do now is linked to the urgent call to “face this future scenario and turn the tide”. Perception and beauty, it says, are “powerful tools” to open doors, set people in motion and guide them through a process of change. In short, the power of design to set things in motion is to be presented in the best possible way. The great variety of activities, events and exhibitions is organised on the basis of ten “Programme Narratives”. The spectrum ranges from “Signature & Collectible Design” and “Speculative & Social Design” to product design, craft, services and innovative design to autonomous and critical works in the “Independent & Critical Design” section.

German Design Graduates at Dutch Design Week 2023
At Dutch Design Week, the German Design Graduates initiative of the German Design Council presents the 25 most interesting projects from Germany that promote the ecological, social and political responsibility of design.

The exhibition shows how young designers are actively shaping the change towards a more compatible society for people and the environment, pushing boundaries and linking different disciplines. Their design solutions can be market-oriented, experimental or disruptive. German Design Graduates shows the most advanced circular, socially responsible as well as research-intensive and technologically innovative processes and products by graduates of German universities.

The presentation will discuss the meaning of design today and in the future with the next generation of designers.

The projects on show were selected by curators Jana Scholze and Amelie Klein. Jana Scholze is a design curator and associate professor at the Kingston School of Art in London and leads the MA Curating Contemporary Design in collaboration with the Design Museum. Amelie Klein works as a design curator, writer and critic. Most recently, she opened the exhibition “Heimaten – An Exhibition and Survey” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) and co-curated the first edition of the Design Campus School at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden, which focused on design and democracy.


GDG Interconnected x Dutch Design Week
21.–29.10.2023 Eindhoven

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