Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show at Dutch Design Week 2022

This week marked the return of Dutch Design Week

This week on Dezeen, we reported live from Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, covering standout projects and installations from the largest design event in Northern Europe.

Among the highlights, showcased in a dedicated Dezeen video reel, was a pavilion made of brightly coloured solar panels by Dutch firm V8 Architects plus an installation in which human excrement is turned into "shit sandwiches".

Solar buddies lighting system by students from Lund university at Dutch Design Week 2022
Dutch Design Week hosted the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show (top) and a collection of solar-powered lights by students from Lund University (above)

Beyond the annual graduate show from Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week also shone a spotlight on student projects from across Europe, with a huge focus on sustainability and the climate crisis.

Lund University exhibited a collection of solar-powered lights designed to reduce our reliance on the grid, while Turkish industrial design student Alara Ertenü presented a biodegradable soap packaging made from artichoke leaves and peapods.

Models on a runway for the Yeezy x Adidas show
Adidas terminated Kanye West partnership over antisemitic comments

Kanye West, now officially known as Ye, made headlines this week when sportswear brand Adidas became the latest company to cut ties with the rapper over antisemitic comments that he posted on social media.

"Ye's recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous," the company said in a statement.

Only a few days before, reports surfaced that Ye is planning on creating a "Yecosystem" of branded mini-cities across the US.

Varso Tower by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners completed the EU's tallest building in Warsaw

Foster + Partners marked a particularly prolific week by completing two separate skyscrapers, including the Varso Tower in Warsaw, which is now the tallest building in the European Union.

At 310 metres, the mixed-use skyscraper now rises more than 50 metres above Foster + Partners' Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt, which previously held the EU record.

Close-up of Varso Tower by Foster + Partners
The firm also completed the 425 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York

The studio also completed its long-awaited 425 Park Avenue development in New York, billed as the "first full-block office building" to be built on Park Avenue in more than 50 years.

Nestled alongside US studio SOM's Lever House and the Seagram Building by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the 47-storey skyscraper features a distinctive steel-and-concrete structure on the exterior that eliminates the need for internal columns.

Interior image of a wooden wall at the Mass is More installation at the Barcelona Pavilion
The Mass is More installation reimagines Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion

Another van der Rohe building that was recontextualised this week is the Barcelona Pavilion in Spain, which was outfitted with a series of cross-laminated timber interventions as part of an installation by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and not-for-profit organisation Bauhaus Earth.

The Mass is More installation includes an elevated lookout and a stage for events over the pavilion's pond, offering new ways of experiencing the famous architectural site with the aim of promoting the use of wood as a construction material.

"If the 19th century was the century of steel and the 20th century the century of concrete, the 21st century will be the century of wood," the organisations said.

Exterior image of the street-facing elevation of Brick House
Sanchis Olivares created a minimalist white brick home in Spain

The most-read project stories this week on Dezeen were a minimalist white brick home in Spain, a pavilion-like extension to a Victorian terrace in London and a residence in Austin, Texas, with "weird and funky" interiors.

This week's lookbooks showcased inventive bookshop interiors and homes with arched openings.