Evolving Harmony by Grietje Schepers
Photography by Ruud Balk.

10 Top Picks From Dutch Design Week 2023

At this year’s Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from October 21-29, 2023, collaborations and collectives took center stage. Working under the theme “Picture This,” the city-wide exhibition’s focus was on a hopeful future shaped by inventive design. Here are our top picks from the fair.

Highlights From Dutch Design Week 2023


Messmerizing by Anwyn Howarth
Photography by Brackett Studio.

Welcoming visitors to the fair was an installation at Eindhoven Centraal railway station featuring items curated by Sandra Keja Planken and Job Keja. Forming a collection meant to spark joy with works across mediums ranging from graphic design to art to fashion, standouts were the oversized Aperture Monumenta, a lamp series by Stijn van Ardenne and Lucas Zito; designer Pepijn Fabius Clovis’ Practice piano gilded in colorful metal by decorative painter and restorer Josephine; and eye-popping plant sculptures by LYb.

Grietje Schepers at Home of Design Kazerne

Evolving Harmony by Grietje Schepers
Photography by Ruud Balk.

Ellipt #007, a large-scale installation by Grietje Schepers displayed at Home of Design Kazerne, emits light, attracts the eye, and enhances the space’s acoustics due to its composition of felt industrially cut into 3D shapes.

Ilaria Cavaglià at DAE

The Popping Sound of Bubble Wrap by Ilaria Cavaglià and DAE.
Photography courtesy of Ilaria Cavaglià and DAE.

At the Dutch Academy of Eindhoven (aka DAE) showing of recent graduates, Italian artist, designer, and engineer Ilaria Cavaglià’s chair made from discarded bubble wrap stood out from the crowd. Cast from the plastic packaging, the project was called The Popping Sound of Bubble Wrap.

Marleen van der Knaap at DAE

Marleen van der Knaap's Reconstructed Visages
Photography by Femke Reijerman.

Another graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Marleen van der Knaap presented Reconstructed Visages, a collection of curtain panels woven from upcycled marketing posters using a laser cutter and hand loom.

Teun Zwets

Splitted chair by Teun Zwets
Photography by about.today.

The designer who frequently dabbles in leftover material presented a collection entitled Splitted, the unique forms and shapes dictated by the process of splitting tree trunks.


covered crates in recycled plastics at Dutch Design Week
Photography by Claudia Angenent.

Set in a central square of the Strijp-S area, seating islands constructed of over 1,000 crates covered in recycled plastic by the multidisciplinary design studio from Amsterdam provided respite for fairgoers. The circular materials will be reused post-event.

Emma Lawrence of United Matters

a table made from discarded household appliances
Photography courtesy of Emma Lawrence and United Matters.

The designer asks how we can mine unique materials from our most mundane objects with their reuse of metals reclaimed from end-of-life household appliances like ovens, washing machines, and microwaves and reused on this sculpted work. It was part of the showing of works by United Matters, a London-based collective of Central Saint Martins graduates.

Piet Hein Eek

the enormous aluminum chandelier by Piet Hein Eek at Dutch Design Week
Photography courtesy of Piet Hein Eek.

Big pieces being another theme for the show, local anchor of the design community Piet Hein Eek presented an overscale, hand-assembled chandelier for VANMOKUM made from glass pipes fitted within brass rings.

The Visionary Lab

the Eames shell chair covered by the work of fashion designers
Photography by Roger Brunings; Photo Studio W D; ©The Visionary Lab.

Eight fashion designers reworked vintage Vitra chairs with upcycled Levi’s denim waste, including this Eames Shell Chair reoutfitted by Norman Monsanto and Kelly Konings, for The Visionary Lab’s Icons Re/Outfitted show.

Kiki & Joost Studio

the Tinkered sculpture by Kiki & Joost
Photography courtesy of Kiki&Joost.

Partners in life and design, Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk explored color, freedom, and play throughout their many contributions to Dutch Design Week. Here, Joost’s Tinkered sculpture presented as both abstract and unpredictable.

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