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October 30, 2012

During Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven—The Netherlands' creative nexus—we had the chance to see firsthand what conceptual thinkers, designers, and artists are working on. Demonstrated by workshops, lectures, and provocative artistic statements, a collection of thoughts and ideas relating to transportation, food, and the environment embraces new technological sciences impacted by the changing social conscience. As always, the breadth and depth of the work was impressive. We've collected some highlights for you to enjoy.

Dutch Design Week 2012 has its own daily tabloid covering the daily programs.
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We stumbled across this old DAF Variomatic at Piet Hein Eek’s factory. This '70s example of the once-pioneering Dutch car industry was the first car in the world to have a belt-driven version of the continuously variable transmission gearbox.
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Here's a project by Scholten and Baijings, the design duo known for a sophisticated use of pattern and color. Using the forms of the latest Mini as templates, they collaborated with BMW and Mini Holland to explore the future of the brands through various scenarios and themes. It can’t be a coincidence that the head of global design at BMW is also a Dutchman, Adriaan Van Hoojdonk.
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Scholten and Baijings designed versatile accessory bags to replace fixed storage systems currently seen in cars.
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Here's a mockup Mini interior—a prototype that references fashion and furniture elements to give a fresh perspective to the somber car interiors of today.
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At the Designhuis, the exhibition De Etende Mens ("The Eating Man") curated by Marije Vogelzang showcases the work of designers and artists concerned with the complex social and ethical links between food, its perceptions, and its origin.
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The grand entrance to De Etende Mens shows the Aquaponics system and indoor farming setup with distinct blue-red lighting elements.
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One of the gallery rooms to the De Etende Mens exhibit showed a series of hanging plates on the wall from the American artist Julie Green. For this piece, she recorded what people on death row wanted for their last meal to be, and illustrated these dinners on paper plates, similar to the plates the prisoners ate from. Quite an impact!
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For his Beehive vase, Tomas Libertiny placed a mold of the design in a beehive, which the bees occupied to form this unique piece.
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A project by Marije Vogelzang called "Faked Meat" explores why vegetarian alternatives to meat often imitate meat, going so far as to imagine entirely new species of animals based on flavor profiles that would be socially compelling for non-meat eaters. A favorite is the "Ponti," a small rodent which feeds off the ashes in volcanoes, therefore taking on a smoky flavor, its rigged tail (which it would supposedly use to to dig in the ashes with) to be used as a skewer stick.
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A series of ideas around some more futuristic insights to food, in this case, what constitutes lab-grown meat and what form it should have. Alberto Gruarin thinks one could knit the food to improve the density and add texture.
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Unexpected interactive pieces dot the city.
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Eat, Drink, Design is a pop-up gallery close to the Designhuis that's dedicated to an ever-changing exposition of different designers. It hosts elaborate dinners and parties on a regular basis to further support the venture. Design and haute cuisine: A great combination!
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The wooden Contrast fruit bowl by BCXSY.
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Maaike Roozenburg, in cooperation with Royal Delft, designed this series of sea urchin-like iron molds—Kenzan 01, 02, 03—to explore new interpretations of traditional Delft blue.
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Daphna Laurens with Stool 01 and Chair 01 designed for Wittmann.
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For the new label Blue D1653, the trio of Arian Brekveld, Damian O’sullivan, and Chris Koens use neoprene covers as modern touches to accentuate the company’s brand.
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Another Unexpected Interaction piece, this time from Maarten Baas at Eindhoven Central Station, showing an abandoned van that collided with a lamp post, repurposed into a small dwelling. Wonderfully weird.
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C-Fabriek, curated by Itay Ohaly & Thomas Vailly, is a place where designers work, create, and manufacture, but also present their processes and methods to the public. By doing so, they are reclaiming control over their creations, and suggesting alternatives to industrialization, production, and consumption.
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Line 01 by Itay Ohaly is a set of light, low-tech machinery. Various objects are produced by free carving, roto-molding, and cutting.
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The packaging of an object is actually used as its mold, which defines and influences the object’s form and texture, and the act of opening the package lies solely with the customer.
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Another exhibition in the C-Fabriek is Show you Colour. It consists of six workshops showing colorful projects from designers using metal, paper, glass, film ceramics, and textiles, with the aim to improve the quality of work in these industries. Marinke van Zandwijk showed her glassware piece called "Bubble Parade."
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Urban Spa seeks to "revalue the art of relaxation"—it's a standalone system that would work great on any city roof top.
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We came across this wood burning stove, by an unknown designer, that can be mounted on a trash can.
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More scenes from DDW 2012 that created the dramatic backdrops to present the best of Eindhoven.
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You can find more from Dutch Design Week on their website.
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Dutch Design Week 2012 has its own daily tabloid covering the daily programs.

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