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October 25, 2012

Over 180,000 people are expected to attend Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and the momentum is building to get a glimpse of works introduced by the Netherlands' top designers. This event distinguishes itself from other fairs around the world by its unique setup and diverse allocation of venues; it focuses on intimate offsite locations in an effort to minimize the crowds that large single exhibition halls tend to draw. With mild weather on our side and autumn colors in the trees, the walkabout between the studios and galleries becomes quite the experience and the manifestations of the designers’ craft provides an invigorating experience.

David Graas’s pendent lamp is made from recycled-plastic sheets.
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The molded-glass display cases from Thier van Daalen feel sophisticated and are beautifully executed.
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Doreen Westphal’s lamps are fabricated from concrete and copper tubing.
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The ground-floor entrance to the studio workshop of Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk.
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These extravagant pieces by Kiki van Eijk are made from twisted anodized-aluminum wire. They are paired with ceramic pieces molded using fabric templates—a common material element in several of her pieces.
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These balanced compositions by Joost van Bleiswijk have been meticulously embellished—a typical manifestation of his approach and thought process.
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Here is Kiki van Eijk's new range of laser-cut metal tables and chairs.
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An interesting detail on this storage unit from Kiki van Eijk, which derives inspiration from a toolbox.
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Nice foot detail on this cupboard made from wood and fabric panels.
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Upper gallery to the studio of Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk, where items on display can purchased.
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This exhibition featured prize winners and nominees of the 2012 Doen Material Awards. The focus was on the use of innovative and sustainable materials in design and art.
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The Joint Forces stool by Tristan Frencken is the result of research into naturally derived composite materials and resins.
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Gionata Gatto's "Agricola Lamp" is part of a series of products made from locally sourced materials produced with low CO2 emissions.
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An assembly robot is maneuvering a chair in and out through a narrow window—a fun art display as you walk to the factory entrance.
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This exhibit shows the history of Piet Hein Eek’s work. His products have always been manufactured using leftover scrap wood in various guises and finishes.
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Lovely fixer detail on one of Piet Hein Eek’s chairs.
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In his Replica collection, Piet Hein Eek experiments with printed wood panels for semi-opaque lampshade with a solid-wood base.
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A laminated tabletop.
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Sannen Jacobs's metal and wood chair features an upholstered seat for added comfort.
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At Dutch Intertuvals, a dining table was a main player in the show "Conflict" in which a combination of slow food and proper fast food was served.
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A young collective consisting of Adrien Petrucci and Olvia Gouvela exhibited their Pipeline Pendant Gas Lamp, which was one of the most interesting items at this year’s DDW show. The designers are still working on a diffuser that will sit over the gas flame to amplify the light.
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With his "Phases" vases, Jeroen Wand experiments with different layering effects by applying liquid plaster with a dipping process on vases made from a single mold.
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Max Lipsey designed this metal rocking chair to give its welding joints maximum effect.
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David Graas’s pendent lamp is made from recycled-plastic sheets.

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