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Next stop Eindhoven, to the Dutch Design Week
A creative hub for design and a city full of surprises for the trendy traveller
Eindhoven's skyline © Nick Bookelaar
From 22 to 30 October the town of Eindhoven hosts the Dutch Design Week with epicentre at the Design Academy for the Graduation Show with participants from all over the world and other events scattered throughout the city.
DAE, Design Academy Eindhoven: the De Witte Dame building, where it has been located since 1997, has seen the graduation of designers who are today stars © Nathalie Krag
Eindhoven is the birthplace of the colossal Philips from 1891, it owes its important cultural legacy and the conviction that design and technology must serve the community to a glorious industrial past. But the city is full of surprises even for those who aren’t field experts: the many former factories and old barracks have been transformed into restaurants, multi-functional areas, boutiques, galleries, often keeping the old machinery and tools, allowing visitors to really touch the worth of industrial archaeology. Let’s take a tour!
Architecture: Strijp-S, a district just 10 minutes from the centre, where artists, designers, stylists and musicians have been called to reuse the old buildings of the former radio equipment factory.
De Blob by Massimiliano Fuksas it gives access to De Admirant mall © Nathalie Krag
Contemporary art and design: Van Abbemuseum, modern and contemporary art in the building designed by Abel Cahen, with a garden of sculptures near the River Dommel and cafeteria facing over the water (Bilderdijklaan 10).
Van Abbemuseum, the building has been designed by Abel Cahen
Designhuis, the home of design for temporary exhibition and a very interesting shop (Stadhuisplein 3, www.designhuis.nl).
The Designhuis shop
MU, a mix of art, design, pop culture and new media (Torenallee 40-06); Onomatopee, contemporary art, graphics and books (Willemstraat 27).Do not miss:the two studios belonging to young designers who have graduated from the DAE, open to the public (upon reservation): Atelier NL, in a former church (Bergmannstraat 76, www.ateliernl.com) and Alissa + Nienke (NRE-terrein / building 7 / Nul Zes Nachtegaallaan 15a).
From left, Atelier NL (photo Nathalie Krag) and the interiors of Art Hotel
Hotel: Art Hotel, in the city’s artsy area, partly located in the Philips Light Tower (www.inntelhotelsarteindhoven.nl)
Restaurants: Radio Royaal, in the area of the former Philips factory (Ketelhuisplein 10, www.radioroyaal.be); Ketelhuis restaurant in the Strijp-S district (www.ketelhuis.com); café/restaurant Usine, in the former Philips Light Tower premises (www.usine.nl)
From left, Radio Royaal and Ketelhuis, in the Strijp-S district © Nathalie Krag
The Pastry Club by Jurgen Koens and the coffee/restaurant Usine © Nathalie Krag
Bars: Kazerne, inside a 2,500 square metre multi-functional area, born from a project to redevelop the former police barracks (Paradijslaan 2-8, www.kazerne.com).
The bar/restaurant of Kazerne © Nathalie Krag
Shopping: Piet Hein Eek, the Dutch designer’s factory with showroom, restaurant and art gallery (Halvemaanstraat 30); You Are Here, multi brand fashion (Kleine Berg 32°, www.youarehere.nl ).
Piet Hein Eek’s factory with shop and restaurant
From left sinistra, Piet Hein Eek’s gallery and You are Here, fashion shop © Nathalie Krag
Districts: Sectie-C, an actual village that contains the studios of approximately 80 designers, artists and creative types.
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