Dutch Design in the spotlights at London Design Festival
Dutch Design is very well represented at this year's London Design Festival. Over 30 Dutch designers are showcasing their work in the British capital, obtaining access to design experts from all over the world. This is the place to be for anyone interested in design trends.
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Most Dutch designers can be found at the London Design Fair, which takes place in the Old Truman Brewery from 20 to 23 September 2018. Around 25 Dutch designers have a stand in the “Dutch Stuff” pavilion at this business-oriented fair. They hope to do business with purchasers from a wide range of companies, as well as exhibit their work to the general public and design experts from around the world.
Also at the fair, famous Dutch designer and expert Ineke Hans and British design expert Max Fraser will moderate a forum with Dutch designers and a group of Dutch design students will organise guided tours at the fair.
All “Dutch Stuff” events are made possible with financial backing from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and the Creative Industries Fund and with organisational support from the Dutch Embassy in London.
It’s all “Dutch Stuff”, but the diversity is enormous
Exhibitors of “Dutch Stuff” at the London Design Fair’s Holland Pavilion will all be showcasing a wide range of designs, allowing professional purchasers and private buyers alike to get a good idea of the products they can deliver. The design fair is, after all, also a trade fair. It is the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ aim to help Dutch designers get access to the British market.
Designers come from all over the Netherlands and there is enormous diversity in the products they make and the materials, colours and production techniques they use. There are colourful textiles from Studio Simone Post, made from recycled waste materials, astronomically inspired decorative pieces by OS & OOS, deliciously stunning food art by Creative Chef, and much, much more.
More Dutch Design at the London Design Biennale
The London Design Fair is part of the week-long London Design Festival. There are many more events that week.
From 15 to 23 September, there are dozens of events throughout the city and at various of these events Dutch Design will be showcased. For instance, an urban greenhouse that produces both food and electricity will be exhibited at the London Design Biennale in Somerset House (starting on 4 September). This installation, dubbed Power Plant, is designed by Marjan van Aubel.
Another Dutch designer in Somerset House is Sanne Visser. She upcycles human hair into a building material for her intriguing designs. During the Design Biennale Visser will showcase The Swing, made from human hair that would otherwise have gone to waste.
West Kensington Design District
One hub of Dutch design studios can be found in the West Kensington Design District, from 19 to 22 September in The Olympia Room in London. The work showcased at "Enlightened Design III" is all about lighting. Dutch studios exhibiting their creations here are Margaret van Bekkum, Marc de Groot, Jacqueline Harberink, Alex Groot Jebbink and Jesse Visser.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Another "Dutch Pavilion", supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut, is set up at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from 15 to 23 September. The programme, entitled "The Institute of Patent Infringement", includes a Patent Hacking Workshop. Message: new technologies should not be monopolised by big businesses, but should also be available for innovative designers.
More information about Dutch Design in the United Kingdom?
Contact the Dutch Embassy in London via LON-EA@minbuza.nl.
Also good to know: one month after LDF is the Dutch Design Week, from 20 to 28 October in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.