From 15 through 23 October, Eindhoven, the organizing city of the Dutch Design Week (formerly Design Week), will be the Dutch centre of Design and attract massive national and international attention. The Dutch Design Week aims to attract more than 30,000 visitors with a programme including well over 100 participating parties and activities such as talks, congresses, exhibitions, workshops and presentations.

Graduation Show Design Academy

Graduation 2005 is the name of the annual graduation show of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Well over one hundred unique and innovative designs by young graduate students will be shown to a wide public for the very first time. Graduation 2005 introduces refreshingly new ideas for furniture, lighting, bikes, kitchens, toys, services, accessories, clothing and so on and so forth. The designers are present and prepared to explain their projects and answer your questions. Visitors can give their vote to the best, most beautiful or most clever design. The winner will be handed the Eindhovens Dagblad public award during a festive prize-winning ceremony on Sunday, October 23. Enjoy the design restaurant and the spectacular cocktail bar.


Blob Paviljoen, Jurgen Bey

ITEMS Selection

Dutch Mountains
Denovo design, Kiki van Eijk, IL-studio, Sophie Krier, Lotte van Laatum, Christien Meindertsma, Ping Pong Design, Vlieger & van Dam..
Bellezza universale

Automatic pushbutton, remote control, synthetic genetics command your soul
Bertjan Pot & Frank Bruggeman


TAC Hotel

NovaDi, Gezusters Kusters, Bert Kramer, ZLDA & Marly Made & Kim van Leuken, Joost vd Brand & Toon v Schijndel, Maartje Fransen & Sander vd Poort, Blokmeubel & Anouk Omlo, NiiS, Hetty-D interieurontwerp, Arno Tummers & Ellen Seegers, Huting & De Hoop.

GreyTones 05
Re-Use / Re-Make / Re-Value
Meesters & Van der Park

Grand Opening
The opening ceremony on Friday, October 14 will take place in a characteristic former Philips factory in Strijp S. An invitation will be extended to approximately one hundred opinion leaders who are actively involved in the government, education, the business sector and the design community. Alexander Sakkers, Mayor of the city of Eindhoven and Stefano Marzano CEO Philips Design will be among the people delivering a speech. During the event, the technological and economic potentialities of the design region Eindhoven will be put in a European perspective. After this, the invitees will visit the Dutch Design Award presentation and attend the prize-giving ceremony of the Dutch Design Awards.

Philips Design celebrates jubilee during DDW 2005
The Dutch Design Week includes exhibitions in four locations in the city (TU/e Campus, De Witte Dame, Temporary Art Centre and Strijp S) and a large number of congresses and workshops. A prominent element of the Dutch Design Week, the Graduation Show organized by the Design Academy, will most certainly be offering an inspirational presentation of top class international design quality. On October 18, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will visit the Dutch Design Week and talk with designers at the presentation “Dutch Mountains” in De Witte Dame. The magazine ITEMS will present a selection of the graduation projects of graduates from Dutch and Flanders academies and design institutes in CBK de Krabbedans.

Philips Design celebrates its eightieth anniversary with the publication of a splendid jubilee edition which will be presented during the Dutch Design Week. At Strijp S, an exhibition is staged featuring trend-setting Philips products of the past eighty years. Obviously, the above mentioned events just represent a random choice from the massive programme which also includes a virtual exhibition of Eindhoven designs (organized by Design Connection) which after DDW is travelling to New York and other cities, a congress and a book presentation about theatre design (organized by [Z]00 Producties), an exhibition of products designed by young designers (Lift Off) and a new, even more elaborate edition of Grey Tones, the project of young graphic designers and firms which turned out to be a big hit with both the press and the public.

  Dutch Design Week is organized by Design Platform Eindhoven (DPE). DPE is a professional organization which, supported by the Eindhoven Design community, seeks to develop a stimulating and dynamic design climate in all cultural, social and economic domains in Eindhoven and surrounding areas. In order to realize this, DPE organizes events, congresses, lectures and workshops based on three major dimensions: cultural stimulation, social cohesion and economic enhancement. It is DPE’s objective to further improve the cultural, economic and professional climate with regard to design in the region and to position Eindhoven nationally and internationally as Design City.