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Dutch Design Week 2018 shows vison of the future

28 October 2018

Courtesy of 2,600 (inter)national designers, Dutch Design Week (DDW) can be seen as the lab of the future showcasing vision in conceptual and technological innovation as well as in the renewal of crafts and systems. DDW was spread over 120 locations where 355.000 professionals, industry representatives, governments, visitors and journalists enjoyed 499 exhibitions, lectures, tours and labs.

The 17th edition of DDW was all about the theme 'If not us, then who?', a tribute to designers. They think up solutions, create innovations, are pioneers, make things tangible and functional. It is up to us all to embrace and stimulate these creative solutions. Together we decide how the world will look. 


Ravi Naidoo (Design Indaba), Laurens van den Acker (Renault) and Wendy Plomp (Dutch Invertuals) were the ambassadors of the 17th Dutch Design Week (DDW). The ambassadors deployed their network to create links, function as a sounding board for participants and visitors, and initiated special activities during the week.

DDW18 – Facts & figures

Visitors: 355.000
Designers: 2.600
Events: 499
Locations: 120


Note to the editor, not for publication:
For more information, please contact Dutch Design Week (DDW) via Anoek Hagenaars, International PR Dutch Design Foundation, T: +31 6 16 60 45 77, E:

DDW in full-frame
Our website houses a great deal of downloadable, high-resolution images of DDW18, protected by the rights of fair use and to be used for non-commercial purposes only provided that the photographer and Dutch Design Week 2018 are properly credited.

Dutch Design Foundation
Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes in the problem-solving abilities of designers for advancing the world. In this capacity, DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. DDF organises Dutch Design Week and Dutch Design Awards but is active far beyond the Netherlands. Throughout the year they organise debates, lectures, exhibitions and meet-ups. Putting the best and most promising designers in the spotlights and introducing their ideas and designs to the world.