Dutch companies represented at the Dubai Design Week 2017

Dubai Design Week 2017


Between 13 and 18 November 2017, The Dutch Creative Industry (DCI) together with The Dutch Design Center (DDC) is participating in the Dubai Design Week 2017 with an inspiring keynote evening and an exhibition space. The Dubai Design Week is the perfect opportunity for DDC to bring Dutch Design to Dubai.

The theme for this year is: ‘transformation’, with a focus on the two-way influence between city and design. Three Dutch speakers ( Thom Aussems - Sint Trudo, Strijp-S, Laura Taylor - Philips Lighting and Stefan de Koning - MVRDV will share their insights on how the city can be transformed into a more livable and creative place or what the influence of the surroundings are for design. 

For the exhibition space, open for the public all days during the week, the organisation has partnered with Dutch initiative NE-AR and proudly presents ‘Dutch Design’ by Studio Mieke Meijer and Olivier van Herpt.

Dutch collaborations

Mieke Meijer and Olivier van Herpt will both exhibit at Unit 6.2, Building 6 in D3, open to public every day. Studio Mieke Meijer is a collaboration between Mieke Meijer and Roy Letterlé. They work on self-initiated and commissioned projects in the field of furniture, lighting and product design. Rational construction, tangible materiality and tectonic detailing are the fundamentals of the studio’s strong and recognizable signature. These specific characteristics often relate directly to their architectural references.

Olivier van Herpt works at the intersection of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary industrial design. He focuses on the technology separating these two domains, i.e., the machine. Unhappy with the limitations of existing 3D printers, both in scale and degree of achievable detail, Van Herpt—with endless patience and curiosity—designed a machine capable of printing forms many times bigger, more complex, and more delicate that anything possible thus far. Using his 3D printer and mallable clay he has developed a new visual language, creating attractive forms and textures that evoke science fiction, origami designs, traditional weaving, cacti, or ancient weathered rock.

The Esra Lemmens Agency represents some of the best designers around the world. The Dutch company is based in Dubai, with a strong International presence. During the Dubai Design Week 2017, the Esra Lemmens Agency focusses on design talent from the region (and their clients). For the occasion, they collaborated with Downtown Design about the organization of the first edition of The Italian Way Product Design Award.

Dutch Exhibitors during Dubai Design Week 2017

Several Dutch companies will be exhibiting their innovative products and designs on the Dubai Design Week:

Esthec: Esthec is a state of the art, comfortable and contemporary terrace system which embellishes and enhances any space with its functional properties and sense of luxury.

Interface: By definition, Interface is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. They lead the industry with design, innovation and sustainability. Every carpet tile installation offers the benefits of modularity: less waste during installation, selective replacement and easy maintenance.

It's About Romi: Since 1993, the designers at Romi have been creating simple yet strong homeware & lighting designs. Taking their inspiration from the urban landscape of city life coupled with the simplicity and beauty of nature.

Quooker: Quooker is filtered instant boiling water directly from the kitchen tap. A tap connected to a compact tank in the kitchen cupboard. Connected to the water supply, the water in the tank is permanently kept at 110°C, with high-vacuum insulation making the system very energy efficient.


The Dutch Creative Industry (DCI) is a strategic and unique three years partnership of several Dutch creative industry companies with the Dutch government, commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Dutch embassies focusing upon the UAE and Lebanon.

The Dutch Design Center (DDC) is an inspiring online and offline platform for the best and latest of Dutch design that aims to spark unique collaborations internationally. The Dutch Design Center is a collaborative initiative of leading Dutch firms: Hunter Douglas, Keller Kitchens, Royal Ahrend and Skyne. The DDC is a member of Dutch Creative Industry.

Together, the Dutch Creative Industry and the Dutch Design Center in Dubai, are participating in the Dubai Design Week 2017.