Dutch Design Week (formerly Week van het Ontwerp) is a major international annual nine-day event in Eindhoven on design in all of its many facets. The event fits in with the goal of the city of Eindhoven to present itself as design and technology region and to further expand and reinforce the design climate. Whereas Dutch Design Week started out with only 20 participants in 2002, in 2012 there were more than 300 events at 83 locations, in which more than 1500 designers participated. The event attracted about 200.000 visitors that year.
Some of the annual events are the Graduation Show, with graduation work from the Design Academy Eindhoven, and the exhibition and awards of the Dutch Design Awards.
The event takes place each year in October. At dozens of locations throughout the city, there are exhibits, lectures, exhibitions, and so on. The major locations are the Witte Dame, a number of buildings on Strijp-S (including the Klokgebouw), the TU/e, the Designhuis, TAC (Temporary Art Centre) and numerous other smaller locations in the city centre. The majority of the event can be visited free of charge.
The archive of Dutch Design Week is located at the Regional History Centre Eindhoven (Regionaal Historisch Centrum Eindhoven) where it is currently being made available.
Archives Vormgeversoverleg Eindhoven (VOE):
Walter van Hulst
Miriam van der Lubbe
Simone de Waart
Yksi Ontwerp – Eduard Sweep en Leonne Cuppen