Dutch Design Center hosts and exhibits at Dubai Design Week 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:16:53 am

Between 13 and 18 November 2017 The Dutch Design Center (DDC), together with Dutch Creative Industry (DCI), is participating in the Dubai Design Week 2017 with an inspiring keynote evening and an exhibition space. The Dubai Design Week is the perfect opportunity for DDC to bring Dutch Design to Dubai.

The keynote program will take place on the 14th, starting at 18:00 at DXBDW Mainstage. The theme for this year is: ‘transformation’, with a focus on the two-way influence between city and design. The Dutch Design Center is happy to invite Dutch speakers Thom Aussems (Sint Trudo, Strijp-S), Laura Taylor (Philips Lighting) and Stefan de Koning (MVRDV).

For the exhibition space, open for the public all days during the week, The Dutch Design Center has partnered with Dutch initiative NE-AR and proudly presents ‘Dutch Design’ by Studio Mieke Meijer and Olivier van Herpt.

DDC Talks

During DDC Talks the speakers will all share their insights on how the city can be transformed into a more livable and creative place or what the influence of the surroundings are for design. The transformation in design theme will shed light on the human-centered and interdisciplinary processes that seek to achieve sustainable changes in behavior of individuals, buildings and cities. Thom Aussems will speak about the  transformation of industrial area’s within the city, more specifically the Strijp-S design district in Eindhoven. Stefan de Koning on will focus on transformations in an existing urban fabric and will show MVRDV’s response to global trends. Laura Taylor’s talk will be more human centered and focusses on the role of design in leadership. There will be room for questions and discussion afterwards.


Mieke Meijer and Olivier van Herpt will both exhibit at Unit 6.2, Building 6 in D3, open to public every day. Studio Mieke Meijer is a collaboration between Mieke Meijer and Roy Letterlé. They work on self-initiated and commissioned projects in the field of furniture, lighting and product design. Rational construction, tangible materiality and tectonic detailing are the fundamentals of the studio’s strong and recognizable signature. These specific characteristics often relate directly to their architectural references.

Olivier van Herpt works at the intersection of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary industrial design. He focuses on the technology separating these two domains, i.e., the machine.

Unhappy with the limitations of existing 3D printers, both in scale and degree of achievable detail, Van Herpt—with endless patience and curiosity—designed a machine capable of printing forms many times bigger, more complex, and more delicate that anything possible thus far. Using his 3D printer and mallable clay he has developed a new visual language, creating attractive forms and textures that evoke science fiction, origami designs, traditional weaving, cacti, or ancient weathered rock.


The Dutch Design Center in Dubai is an inspiring online and offline platform for the best and latest of Dutch design that aims to spark unique collaborations internationally. Building an inclusive and dynamic community is one of the Dutch Design Center’s main strategic priorities; to exchange knowledge, educate, unlock business opportunities and innovate across borders. The Dutch Design Center is a collaborative initiative of leading Dutch firms: Hunter Douglas, Keller Kitchens, Royal Ahrend and Skyne. DDC is a member of Dutch Creative Industry. This is a strategic and unique partnership with the Dutch government.

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