The Eindhoven-based designers, among whom Dutch Invertuals, Piet Hein Eek, Kazerne, Kiki&Joost, Ontwerpduo/Aptum and Sectie C, organise Design Open to offer collectors, professional media and design professionals (e.g. producers, labels, buyers, interior designers, architects, museums and galleries) the opportunity to view new work and visit several design locations in one day. Interested parties can schedule an appointment by invitation.
The designers explicitly state that it is not their intention to grow into an organisation, but they intend to connect their professional networks by sharing a date, opening hours and floor plan. It goes without saying that all the locations comply with the COVID-19 measures prescribed by the government, as well as the maximum number of people permitted, 1.5-metre distance and the required hygiene. If this second pilot succeeds, the first was at the end of October, the initiative will be carried out about six times a year.
Being in contact with users and clients is important for our work. Through Design Open we create the opportunity to show our work and make acquisitions - Mats Horbach
Design Open is a collaboration by: Alissa+Nienke, Aart van Asseldonk, Boyscout Designer, Collaboration O, Dutch Invertuals, Piet Hein Eek, Niels Hoebers, Kazerne | Home of Design, Kiki & Joost, Anne Ligtenberg, Atelier Mats, Ontwerpduo/Aptum, Vij5, RENS, Tijs Rooijakkers, Sectie C, Jeroen Wand, Foundation We Are, Yksi.
To encourage the young generation, work by recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduates will also be on display at several locations.
Curious to find out which designers you can visit? They are keeping an up-to-date list of (the increasing number of) participants and their locations. To get an invitation, they kindly ask you to contact one of the participating designers.