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Connected Living

The following weeks we’ll look back at DDW defining the key thematic storylines and coinciding content of 2020. On this page you'll find everything about the DDW20 theme Connected Living.

At a time of rapidly changing social standards, growing political divisions and environmental concerns, we are finding new ways to live, work and play together. What relationship do we have with our things and how do we relate to the spaces around us? On this page you will discover all about the DDW20 track Connected Living and the impact these new ways of living will have on our homes, workplaces and lifestyles.

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DDW Talks: Connected Living

In DDW Talks: Connected Living, the way we relate to the objects and the space around us was questioned. In addition, the tabel guests looked for new ways to connect with these crucial elements of everyday life. In collaboration with content partner Ma-tt-er, DDW invited everyone to share their material misery in a therapy session with a twist. Curious? Check out the DDW Talk below!

Emotional connection

New ways of life require a different kind of emotional connection with the world around us. In collaboration with the Zeeuws Museum, textile designer and researcher Remi Veldhoven and fashion designer Sjaak Hullekes offered insight into and awareness of contemporary sustainable design and production methods. In the 18th century textile collection of the Zeeuws Museum, the internationally woven fabrics form a colourful peculiarity. Never before have they been researched on such a large scale in collaboration with designers on origin, weaving, use of colour, production and distribution. Take a look at the 3D Viewing Room.

The exhibition True Matter shows an expression of the global shift from a careless to a caring attitude. Participants were challenged to work with raw materials from their local context, and to play with their surroundings. Not only in terms of resources, but also in terms of techniques, craftmanship, politics and traditions. Because designers joined from Colombia to Israel and from Thailand to Chile, the exhibition sheds a light on a diversity of local identities and gives us insight into what truly matters globally. Check the 3D Viewing Room.

During the corona outbreak, hygienic measures have been reconsidered en reinvented. Despite the fact that our hands are often needed in public spaces, we prefer not to use them these days to prevent contamination. Therefore, the Lean On Me traffic light button makes it possible to operate a traffic light with your shoulders. Check out the project in the 3D Viewing Room below!

Discover local food with Hungry for Design

What happens when you bring the worlds of design and gastronomy together? In the six-part series Hungry for Design, Eindhoven's top chefs are linked to local designers, and the chefs are challenged to develop a dish based on the designer's work. The result? Special collaborations, new insights and surprising interfaces when it comes to creative process. In this episode, designer Lonny van Ryswyck and top chef Cas Pikaar come together to discover local products and production processes. Curious? Watch the episode below!

Driving Dutch Design

For Driving Dutch Design, around twenty studios are selected each year for an intensive professionalisation process. For nine months, the selected designers, the Drivers, follow master classes in the field of entrepreneurship and develop under the guidance of a personal ABN AMRO coach. This year, Driver Noud Sleumer worked in this trajectory on The Global Souvenir Shop, a project that tries to counteract the neglect of appliances and important raw materials and minerals. Want to know more? Check the project page on the website of Driving Dutch Design.

Noud Sleumer, The Global Souvenir Shop © Almichael Fraay
All DDW20 themes

Curious about the other thematic storylines of DDW20? View all DDW themes here.