Dutch Design Week was first launched by Vormgevers Overleg Eindhoven in 1998, originally entitled Day of Design. It was renamed Week of Design in 2002, and ultimately rebranded as Dutch Design Week in 2005. This week-long design pilgrimage, currently organised by the Dutch Design Foundation, is the biggest design event in northern Europe, with 100 locations across Eindhoven participating every October.
With its growing focus on crafts, the festival emphasises various innovative approaches to traditional crafts, blended with experimental materials and backed with a radical design vision. Including showcases of new materials, lectures, handicraft products and open studios, the festival demonstrates the diversity and profundity of craftsmanship on both a personal and an industrial level, and examines various critical topics, such as analogue versus digital, and the value of using local materials.
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