Dutch Design Week Report 2019: Art, Craft and Design Finds

Welcome back for more Dutch Design Week 2019!

I was surprised to find a lot of art alongside product, architectural and social design, and this time we will take a look at my favourite art find as well as Crafts Council Nederland’s exhibition, and some overall lovely design bits I came across.


Crafts Council Nederland focuses strongly on making and the importance of crafts. To Dutch Design Week’s VEEM exhibition they brought a wonderful array of different types of handmade items, from the strictly useful to the impractically beautiful.

Marieke van de Ven – printing, embroidery and basketry

Esmé Hofman – basketry

Erno Korpershoek – wood cutting

Almeerse Wolunie – wool dyeing

Nynke Koster – casting

Szu-Yi Wang – paper folding

Seungbing Yan – lacquer

Simón Ballen / Zuiderzeemuseum – brush making


Homo Sensorium consisted of three different art installations, all exploring different aspects of our senses and sensations. From touch, to sensory deprivation, to the measuring of your brain activity while kissing a loved one.

Brainwave Wedding Lab by Lancel / Maat & Baltan Laboratories

Out of these three I had the opportunity to test only one, “Inevitably Blue” by Sophia Bulgakova, where your face is covered by a white mask, and you are sat on a swing gently controlled by the artist, while different coloured lights are reflected onto the mask and different levels of white noise are played. The idea is for the participant to lose control of their own sensory perceptions. I was sceptical at first and a little worried that the experience might be more anxiety inducing than anything, but it was a pleasant surprise. The experience lasted five minutes, but felt very calming and I entirely lost track of time and was very surprised to be told that it had really been five minutes!

Inevitably Blue by Sophia Bulgakova


All around the Dutch Design Week area were a myriad of ideas and things that looked lovely, ingenious or otherwise awesome. Here are my picks of just generally cool things I came across, in no particular order, and for no particular reasons.

Clothes by We&We

Compostable confetti!

Materials made out of coconuts…

…and dishes made out of eggs!

Modular textiles that can be reorganised and pieces replaced by Iris Nijenhuis

Living Skin by Aniela Hoitnik

Animal Task Force: How Can We Increase Social Safety in the Neighbourhoods? by Theo Weterings and Lukas Zoutendijk

Thank you for coming on this mini tour of Dutch Design Week 2019!

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