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Talks & Streams: 17 October

17 October 2020

©Max Kneefel
DDW20 has begun. Of course, the festival will take place entirely online this year, but with a well-filled programme full of TV shows and live streams. Here we give you a daily overview of what you can see on DDW TV. We also include several Livestreams, but make sure to explore the online programme for more!


Opening DDW

The virtual DDW will be officially opened by Martijn Paulen, director of Dutch Design Foundation. Tune in for the first broadcast of DDW TV and meet all three DDW ambassadors; Lidewij Edelkoort, Sean Carney and Sabine Marcelis, accompanied by emerging design talents.

11:00 – 12:00 | Watch here

For starters…

Every morning, design journalist and connoisseur Jeroen Junte starts of the day with up-and-coming design talents and familiar faces from the design field.

12:00 – 12:30 | Watch here


Designer Dialogues Live: Niels Hoebers & Anne Ligtenberg

After three editions of Blank Space Magazine and accompanying articles on, we are switching things up; Designer Dialogues will be broadcasted live on DDW TV. Various designers from the past editions will return and interview each other about the DDW20 theme; The new intimacy. A programme by designers for designers with new matches and familiar faces!

12:30 – 13:00 | Watch here


Keynote Lecture Sean Carney

In his keynote for Dutch Design Week, Sean makes a call to arms: with the world facing some of the toughest healthcare challenges of our lifetime, designers can and must step up and design with purpose.

13:00 – 14:00 | Watch here



Looking for a new view on design that really makes a difference? Here are 10 international design graduates, originating from 5 continents, ready to share their social solutions with you. These innovative designers excel with idealistic values, ground breaking ideas, and cross-border visions.

14:00 - 14:10 | Watch here


Design Academy Eindhoven: The Arena

With design research at its heart, The Arena is Design Academy Eindhoven’s (DAE) in-house platform for furthering dialogues on design discourse. It addresses and contextualises aspects of design practice that inform and surpass a final object or outcome.Tune in to DDW TV daily on  from 14:30-15:30 for panel discussions on the dilemmas of institutional critique, bio-politics and collective care, power structures behind invisible infrastructures, interrogations on cultural heritage and more.

14:30 – 15:30 | Watch here


DDA Award Show Live 2020: Young Designer

Every year, Dutch Design Awards (DDA) honours the best Dutch designers and their most impressive and groundbreaking projects. Various disciplines, viewpoints and solutions are judged in light of the impact they have on our society. The 2020 award ceremony has a new, digital packaging. This year sees a first for DDW; ‘DDW TV’. A studio from which DDA will organise a talk show everyday. These talk shows will be presented by a fantastic host, Isolde Hallensleben, and give us the opportunity to take a closer look at the three nominees per category. Who they are, what they do and above all, what their project is about? Trends and developments from the field will be discussed and to top it all off, the winners will be announced. A mixture of content, intimacy and celebration!

16:00 – 16:30 | Watch here


DDW Talks: The New Intimacy

Covid-19 has shrouded our entire social fabric and exposed all the threads and frayed edges.One of the most important human values, intimacy, is at stake now that physical contact is often no longer possible. How do designers reflect on this? How can they translate the value of intimacy in a creative and innovative way into their design? How can they provide ways that give us hope in these dark days?
DDW 2020 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.

17:00 – 18:00 | Watch here


Polder Tv: De polder studio

Polder TV marks the beginning of the Polder Triennal, a new initiative that shows, discusses, and unpacks ideas about the changing relationships between cities and the countryside.
Makers and thinkers from the Dutch polder region and beyond develop tv broadcasts from the farmstead of designer-architect Rianne Makkink. For the occasion of Dutch Design Week 2020 the terrain in the Noordoostpolder, the most iconic agricultural landscape of The Netherlands, is turned into a temporary tv studio.

18:00 – 18:05 | Watch here


The IKEA Virtual Greenhouse

The IKEA Virtual Greenhouse is a series of masterclasses, live talks and interactive experiences by expert creatives in food, wellbeing, sustainability and botany. From mood flowers to urban foraging to caring for bees, they’re designed to help cultivate a more sustainable, balanced life at home.

12:30 - 12:45 | Watch here


Planetary Personhood Launch

Can we be kind to a planet, even without “life”? That is what @nonhuman-nonsense tries to figure out with Planetary Personhood; an ‘interplanetary campaign’ pursuing radical space decolonization. The project proposes independent personhood for the entire planet Mars, and considers the possibility of solidarity with the entities already there - the stones!

18:00 - 18:30 | Watch here


Manifestations: SecondLife Art Tour: FOCUS@Coppelia

For the fifth year in a row, Manifestations shows artists who, in a funny, spectacular or controversial way, examine the (mis) matches between people and technology and ask how technology can contribute to a sweeter, more humane world.

19:00 - 19:30 | Watch here