Dutch Design Week



Dutch Design Week

Held every October in the modest city of Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week is smaller than rivals such as Milan design week and London Design Festival, yet its influence is huge.

A key reason is the presence in the city of Design Academy Eindhoven, one of the most important design schools in the world and occupying the number two spot in our schools Hot List.

From the academy's crop of 2015 graduate projects, Bastiaan Buijs' sex toys were (perhaps unsurprisingly) by far the most searched for. The young designer created a fleshlight-cum-furniture piece for men and a clockwork vibrator for women for his final project.

New approaches to fashion design shown in Eindhoven were also popular with Dezeen readers this year. They included Martijn van Strien's fashion designs that anyone can download and assemble themselves, and Vera de Pont clothing that also doesn't require stitches to put together.

Established designers based in the city – like Joost van Bleiswijk, Kiki van Eijk and Piet Hein Eek – annually present their latest work in Eindhoven's former industrial buildings, where many of them have set up their studios.

Last time around, Eek gave Dezeen his views on the hot topic of whether designers should be doing architecture and revealed that he's working on a few buildings himself.

Top posts:

1. Bastiaan Buijs' Satyr sex toy for men is a fleshlight-cum-furniture piece

2. Bastiaan Buijs creates d-up sex toy using hand-blown glass

3. "Most buildings are drawings filled in by engineers" says Piet Hein Eek

4. Martijn van Strien's The Post-Couture Collective provides downloadable fashion designs

5. Vera de Pont's Pop Up clothing is assembled without stitches

Website: www.ddw.nl