Yesterday I got a preview of Dutch Design Week, which runs from 19 - 27 October this year. It takes place annually in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which is a 19-minute train ride away from where I live.

After having such good luck taking Nathan to the Woonbeurs in Amsterdam at 6 weeks old (see previous post here), I thought I'd tote him along to DDW for a new dose of design inspiration!


There he is waiting for his first NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen/Dutch Rail) train, with the Strijp-S location of DDW (a former Philips factory terrain) in the background.

Unfortunately we had to take the stroller this time, as Nathan has gone and grown 12 cm (about 5 inches) in 8 weeks and doesn't fit as handily in his carrier anymore :( But he was still good company.


There we are at Strip-S, near the entrance to the Klokgebouw, where we sampled some great design. I'm planning to go back again this week to see what's going on at Piet Hein Eek and of course to check out the Graduate Projects at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Can't wait!

I attended the Graduate Projects a couple of years ago and was completely blown away by the quality of the work on display. The Design Academy has been called the best design school in the world. Its emphasis on engaging complex social and cultural issues has gained it an international reputation. Some of the projects are more conceptually compelling, some are more formally beautiful, some are just abstract and imaginative. But what they all have in common is that they are all conceived in the context of the world we live in, and as such attempt to answer a need or desire that you maybe didn't even know you had. This year the theme is 'Self Unself.' Any idea what that could be about? I'll be sure to report about it in my next post, as I'm planning to go solo on Saturday (sorry Nathan!) I just want to have all my concentration and wits about me to take in what is sure to be a great show!

But so far, the highlight of DDW for me has been discovering a designer named Nicolette Brunklaus.


This was her display in the Klokgebouw, featuring her lamps, pillows, curtains and rugs. And what do you know? There is that palette of neutral grays and blacks with pops of bright yellow, which was also present at the Woonbeurs and which I talked about in my post Neutrals and Neon.


I'm a big fan of this 'oak silk' lamp, which she has in a hanging and a standing version. I'm definitely planning to add some printed fabrics and fabric products to my web shop (scheduled to launch in 2 weeks!) this year, so this inspired me. Beautiful printed fabrics combined with wood - a nice use of materials.



Isn't the fluidity of the silk just gorgeous? So delicate. I can see these lamps in a stark, modern interior with brick and concrete on the walls and floors. They would give a space like that an immediate sense of softness, warmth and personality.

What do you think?