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Discover the DDW Talks programme

Last year, we organised an extensive DDW Talks programme curated with our partners. As Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2020 takes place virtually, you can tune in daily for DDW Talks from the comfort of your own home. During this DDW Talks programme broadcasted from our very own studio, we investigate the many facets of design through nine different themes. Together with key figures from the field of design and beyond, we explore a diversity of design disciplines, discussing current affairs, reflecting on the past and casting our minds into the future. Discover the various themes and dates below!
DDW Talks: The New Intimacy

Saturday 17 October 2020 | 17:00-18:00
The many social challenges facing us, such as climate change, inequality or poverty, have been further accentuated in a short space of time by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has accelerated the change in the relationship between each other, the world around us, our belongings, our health, our data and the relationship towards our government. On the one hand, our scope has inevitably become smaller and more intimate; on the other hand, the connection with the other is further away than ever. The search for a new balance has begun. A balance where an important human value such as intimacy cannot be disregarded. Like no other, designers are able to take the lead in this. With optimism and creativity, they come up with new concepts that inspire, amaze and activate. They provide insight into how we can relate to each other and the world in the new reality. DDW20 offers hope and enthusiasm, in a modest and intimate way. From the screen, straight into the warmth of the living room. That’s The New Intimacy.

DDW Talks: Contemporary Icons

Sunday 18 October 2020 | 17:00-18:00
What is the new framework, practical realities and ethics involved in creative practice now, and what are the futures made possible by the global 'reset' which is currently underway? Moderator Robert Thiemann, founder and director at FRAME will have a conversation with museum director and founder Jeroen van Mastrigt of museum Nowhere, star designer Sabine Marcelis, David Mahyari, CEO of natural stone company Solid Nature and artist Victor Sonna about the world before COVID-19 and how we can still experience material tactility in a virtual driven society, a new reality due to COVID-19. 

DDW Talks: Designing Society

Monday 19 October 2020 | 17:00-18:00 uur
Social design is a young discipline, searching for a definition and a place in the world. However, the view of external experts in the field of social design is an underexposed perspective. That is why Social Design Showdown is facilitating a dialogue between non-social designers about social design. Together these external experts will talk about one central question: “Is there a place for social design in this world?” A broad selection of experts will take part in this dialogue, including; change expert Marguerithe de Man (SIOO), OpenEmbassy founder Renée Frissen, psychologist Eefje Cobussen and board expert Andrea Frankowski (NSOB). The talk is moderated by Daniëlle Arets.

DDW Talks: Future Cities

Tuesday 20 October | 17:00-18:00
People make the city, they react to their surroundings and to each other. If you look at future cities from the point of view of desired experience, what does that mean for the use of space, the design of public space, services offered and the structures within the city? What is our ideal for experiencing a city? Moderator Erna van Holland seeks to answer these questions with Floor Milikowski (journalist and geographer), Nadia Menkveld (sector economist ABN AMRO), Paul Kuipers (intervention architect) and Renée Scheepers (experience architect). 

DDW Talks: Eco Pioneers

Wednesday 21 October | 17:00-18:00
This DDW Talk presents an alternative view on our (digital and ecological) footprint on the planet. During a speculative archaeological quest, we explore the theme of ‘Future Fossils’: the remains of the Anthropocene, the Age of Man. Moderator Ruben Baart, editor-in-chief of Next Nature Network speaks to Louise Silversparre, Naomi Hubert and Shahar Livne. 

DDW Talks: Connected Living

Thursday 22 October | 17:00-18:00
Discover the impact of current social challenges on our homes and workplaces as we explore more collaborative and eco-friendly lifestyles. In this talk we ask ourselves how we can relate to objects and the space around us and find new ways to connect to these crucial elements of daily life. Moderated by Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er, joined by Lyall Sprong and Yegwa Ukpo of Newtype. 

DDW Talks: Adapted Realities

Friday 23 October | 17:00-18:00
During this talk, a panel discussion will be held with leading guests in the world of digital design. They will share their ideas about the future of digital design, and the value it adds to the world - in different areas. Moderator Emily Hinks (Mischief Makers) will talk about the future of membership design with Harald Dunnink (Momkai), the future way of working with Michiel Knoppert (Dell), the future of awareness with Luna Maurer (Studio Moniker) and the future of automotive design with Jeroen van Eijk (Handmade). 

DDW Talks: Interactive Experiences

Saturday 24 October | 17:00-18:00
Find out how innovative design and manufacturing techniques are leading trends in experience-based art, design and architecture that improves wellbeing and fuels social interaction. Moderator Robert Thiemann, founder and director at FRAME will have a conversation with Patrik Schumacher, principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, media artist Refik Anadol, Takashi Kudo, communications director at art collective teamLab and Ralph Nauta, co-founder of Studio Drift about how technology, science, art and the natural world can converge in interactive, impactful spatial experiences. 

DDW Talks: Sustainable Products

Sunday 25 October | 17:00-18:00
Design is partly to blame for an overabundance of products in our lives, but it can also offer a solution. Could sustainable materials help us build a better future? And what makes a product sustainable? During this year's edition of the Sustainable Products Talk we focus on glass: from a material, product and consumer standpoint. During this hour, we dive into the life cycles of glass, its ever scarcer component sand, and our relationship to it. Glass is widely advertised as a better choice than plastics, but how sustainable is it really? The talk is moderated by Shay Kreuger.