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About DDW

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than hundred locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities. 

DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

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In 2021, DDW will take place live in Eindhoven from 16 to 24 October. Want to know more about all designers who participate in DDW this year? Check the programme!


Since 2009 DDW has appointed two parties from the design field to champion Dutch design in general and the week in particular. They fulfil a representative task and utilize their network to create links and provide fledgling designers with a helping hand.

2021: Floris Alkemade, Natsai Audrey Chieza, Christien Meindertsma

2020: Lidewij Edelkoort, Sabine Marcelis, Sean Carney

2019: Stefano Boeri Architetti, Alice Rawsthorn, Jalila Essaïdi, Studio Drift

2018: Ravi Naidoo, Laurens van den Acker, and Wendy Plomp

2017: Winy Maas, Lonny van Ryswyck & Nadine Sterk, and Marcus Fairs

2016: Maarten Baas, Bas van Abel

2015: Makkink & Bey, Koert van Mensvoort

2014: Scholten & Baijings, Arne Hendriks

2013: Daan Roosegaarde, Piet Hein Eek

2012: Robert Bronwasser, Joost van Bleiswijk & Kiki van Eijk

2011: Miriam van der Lubbe, Bruno Ninaber van Eyben

2010: Roland Bird, Marijn van der Poll

2009: Leonne Cuppen

History of DDW

DDW all began back in 1998. In that year the Vormgeversoverleg (a designers collaborative) organised the first Day of Design. Objective: introducing entrepreneurs to designers. The event, which took place annually in Eindhoven, attracted more interest each year and grew exponentially. The Day of Design became the Week of Design in 2002 and ultimately in 2005 it was renamed Dutch Design Week (DDW).