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10 Instagram highlights from Dutch Design Week 2018

The world's first 3D-printed bridge, a humanoid walrus and a Dezeen panel discussion on the anthropocene are among our top 10 Instagram highlights from Dutch Design Week 2018.

Dezeen is media partner for Dutch Design Week which started on 20 October and ends this weekend.

The theme of this year's event was: If not us, then who? It placed a focus on the role of design in combatting global issues, and designers have responded by showcasing a range of different ideas, from practical solutions to radical innovations.

Standout exhibitions include Robot Love, which explores the human relationship with machines, and the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show, where projects on show include chairs that reinvent "manspreading" and a portable protest toilet for women.

We also hosted a special edition of our Good Design for a Bad World series, to debate whether design can use the anthropocene – the first geological era in which human activity is the dominant influence on the earth's geology – to its advantage.

Here's a look at 10 highlights, selected by reporter Gunseli Yalcinkaya:

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The Grotto by Bart Hess

Latex pillars that resemble wrinkled skin feature in this otherworldly installation by Dutch designer Bart Hess.

Part of Robot Love, on show at the Campina Milk Factory, it aims to raise questions on the materialisation of robots.

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Tè sī wéi kè by Sander Wassink

This pop-up shop in Villa Mondriaan, by local designer Sander Wassink, resells red objects that are made in China.

To quote the designer, "a photo cannot capture the religious experience".


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The Waiting by Magriet van Breevoort

This hybrid sculpture by Dutch artist Magriet van Breevoort has been a particular favourite with visitors to the Robot Love exhibition.

Called The Waiting, the sculpture is made to resemble a humanoid walrus. Its aim is to ask, "what is normal in a world with endless possibilities?"


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Good Design for a Bad World

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs spoke to artist Jalila Essaidi, designer Pirjo Haikola, geologist Sjoerd Kluiving and writer Rab Messina in this panel discussion.

The question posed was: can designers shape the anthropocene to prevent global catastrophe? The talk is available to watch on Dezeen or via our Facebook page.


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Compressing Lenna by Audrey Large

This installation by Dutch Design Week ambassador Audrey Large, of Dutch Invertuals, features a compressed image of Lenna – a standard test image used for testing data-compression algorithms.

Large wanted to create a three-dimensional version of Lenna, which is typically rendered in 2D.


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Duurzame Kost

This trout and vegetable nursery by sustainable food project Duurzame Kost uses special LED lights to cultivate ingredients for restaurants across Eindhoven.


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Kiki & Joost's Eindhoven Studio

The doors of Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk's new Eindhoven design studio appear to have be smashed in. Featuring black borders, the doors have proved a firm favourite amongst Instagrammers.


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3D-printed bridge by Studio MX3D

Dutch robotics company MX3D's newly completed 3D-printed steel bridge is previewing at Dutch Design Week before the structure is moved to Amsterdam next year.

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How It Sees You by Jim Brady

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jim Brady's installation, titled How It Sees You, has an inbuilt camera that scans, deconstructs and reconstructs the moving body, creating its own digital representation of you.


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A Basic Instinct by Anna Aagaard Jensen

With these flesh-coloured chairs, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Anna Aagaard Jensen is aiming to challenge social norms and encourage women to claim more space with their bodies.

Each is a different shape that relates to an exaggerated form of the human body and encourages the user to spread their legs to sit.