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Design Tours

Discover with your colleagues or customers the design of the future and the future of design with a Design Tour during DDW. Peek into the latest developments with an expert Design Guide. Let yourself be inspired during Dutch Design Week (DDW), while strengthening your network at the same time.

If you would like to explore a specific DDW location, book an Area Tour. If you would like to delve deeper into a specific theme or design vision, join one of the Theme / Mission or Design Perspectives Tours. If you would prefer a made-to-measure tour for your organisation or business contacts, we can put together different types of Custom Tours for you.

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Area tours

Curators Tour | Klokgebouw
This former Philips factory, centrally located in the creative district Strijp-S, is for many the starting point of a visit to DDW. The Klokgebouw tour provides an easily accessible introduction to the diversity of DDW and the power of design.
Curators Tour | Microlab Hall
Microlab focuses on innovative concepts and products for a sustainable future: design that explores the relationships between people and products, and that contributes to a more liveable environment and a more equal society.
Discovery Tour | Strijp-S
From the beating heart of electronics giant Philips to the beating heart of DDW: Strijp-S is the perfect place for an inspiring DDW23 experience. Discover how creativity, innovation and tech find their way into various exhibitions in the Klokgebouw, on the Ketelhuisplein and in Microlab.
Discovery Tour | Centre
This Discovery Tour takes you through the centre of Eindhoven, which will be completely devoted to DDW for more than a week. An extensive tour that introduces you to inspiring projects, topical exhibitions and special locations in the heart of the city.
Studio Tour | Sectie-C
See the world through the eyes of designers at Sectie-C. Visit their studios and workshops, and chat about what inspires them. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this Eindhoven breeding-ground of design, full of makers, designers and other creatives. Sectie-C is bustling with hospitality and creativity, also in a culinary sense!

Theme / Mission tours

Our Thriving Planet
For a healthy planet, designs must enhance, or at least not interfere with the natural power of the earth. How? Find out in this tour, in which we will visit projects that focus on circularity, biobased construction, water, energy, eco-centred design and material development.
Our Living Environment
Designing our living environment, mobility and the materials we use to make them means shaping our own quality of life. The layout of our cities, public spaces, buildings and mobility has an enormous influence on the way we live together. This tour highlights projects in the fields of architecture, materials, the design of public space, living and working, and includes a visit to the World Design Embassy of Urban Mobility.
Our Health and Wellbeing
This tour focuses on designs that structurally improve our quality of life – from the food we eat to healthcare and personal wellbeing – and positively contribute to the most precious thing we have: our health. It takes a look at the future of our food production and food chains, healthcare and a wide range of welfare issues.
Our Equal Society
To achieve an equal society, we must (re)design systems and interactions that value everyone equally. Safety, inclusivity and connection are central themes here. During this tour, we explore designs and projects that focus on how to interact with each other, with mindsets and methods that are aimed at developing a safe and connected society.
Our Digital Future
Our digital realities and future are fully explored and influenced by designers, from virtual worlds to artificial intelligence and from global platforms to individual experience. This tour sheds new light on digital technology, virtual and artificial worlds and looks ahead at how these technological developments are changing our world.

Theme / Design Perspective tours

Signature & Collectible Design
Artistic exploration and individual expression are the underlying principles of this design perspective, translated into objects and other expressions that are conceptual or poetic in nature. This tour takes you to projects that balance on the cutting edge between art and design. The designers we visit during this tour strive for artistic individuality. Is it art or design? Both, or neither?
Speculative & Social Design
Designers who work from this perspective excel in applying an unexpected mindset and an approach that goes off the beaten track. This takes shape as research by design or the development of (social) interventions. During this tour, we introduce you to designers who are exploring the future with investigative, experimental and speculative projects that focus on behaviour and how to influence it.
Product & Craft Design
Everything we use has been designed. All these products and materials require a huge variety of methods, skills and knowledge. This tour shows you concrete products, a wide range of applications and methodologies, production processes, material research and material development, and a renewed love for craftsmanship.
Service & Innovative Design
Lightning-fast digital and technological developments are raising a host of questions. The answers from designers: groundbreaking concepts and concrete applications. During this tour, you will be introduced to pioneering ideas and the newest technologies, and meet designers who both use and reflect on them.
Independent & Critical Design
There are always designers who cannot be defined. Makers and creators of autonomous and critical work that often reflects on the design profession itself. Get to know the work of designers who present their own vision of what design is or should be and join discussions about independent design and the design field as a whole.

Custom tours

Custom Design Tour - 2 uur / 2 hours
Discover the power of design in a fully personalised tour across DDW23. The DDW programme team selects the most relevant projects, highlights, and locations to match your wishes and those of your colleagues, guests, or network.
Custom Design Tour - 2,5 uur / 2.5 hours
Discover the power of design in a fully personalised tour across DDW23. The DDW programme team selects the most relevant projects, highlights, and locations to match your wishes and those of your colleagues, guests, or network.
VIP Custom Tour
Take steps to discover the power of design for your organisation. This tour is completely customised. The process of compiling the tour starts with the question β€˜What if?’. What if your organization would use design as a starting point to take sustainability one step further? What if the topic of health and wellbeing could be taken one step further for your employees? These are examples of issues that can benefit enormously from design.