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5 reasons to visit Dutch Design Week 2019


This week is Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. We are super-thrilled to see more circular solutions than ever before. The theme of the week is IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?

To help you get the most of your visit, the BlueCity Lab-team listed 5 reasons for you to travel to Eindhoven this week.

  1. Fungi as products for facades & urns
    Mycelium is taking over Dutch Design Week (finally the attention it deserves!). All frontrunners in fungi and biobased Holland joined forces to create a biobased meetingspace: A mycelium, eco-board,cotton and wooden Growing Paviljon, designed by biodesigner Pascal Leboucq. The mycelium is grown by Krown Design and coated with a biobased resin by Impershield. The paviljon is an aestetic beauty: go there and get inspired by the design, the natural materials and have a talk about how to use mycelium as regenerative material. Next to this paviljon in the KLOK building, Bob Hendrix presents his material research on how to use fungi as building material and our own bioneer Lisa Jongejans (CONNECTED) shows her urns made from mycelium.
  2. Trees will save us
    In a former church, designer Lonny van Rijswijck rebuilt a forest to invite us to think about the role forests will play in a circular economy. Her project is called WildWood. How will we use forests? How much do we need for food, material and recreation? Next to the curch, there is a house completely made of wood, built by Tom van Duuren. And at the Ketelhuisplein, there is a huge paviljon created with cross-laminated timber from local wood: the BIOBASECAMP. This construction is as strong as concrete, made from wood and built 2x faster. Hello future! (or is this super-vintage?) Go and find out yourself.
  3. Watch bioneers at work
    In the forest behind the football playfields, there is an old military base in use as exhibition space for all kinds of artistic work on the Symbiocene @ BioArt Laboratories. Enjoy the walk through the forest, and meet some of the projects, like a designer who made a way to turn coastlines into a source of drinking water. Biodesigner Jalila Essaidi is in charge of this Lab. We adore her work (she is entrepreneur + biodesigner) and works together with research institutes around the world. In that Lab, three of our bioneers present their work in the mini-expo of the Circular Challenge: Waterweg, BlueRoof and Plastic Playground.
  4. Find your circular material
    Wood- and cellulose-based materials are on display at the VEEM building, curated by ChemArts. In downtown Eindhoven, the Biomaterials Archive provides an interesting library made by students from Design Academy Eindhoven, giving a Material District-like overview on what you can make with biomaterials. Inspiration for bioneers that want to apply these in their designs or processes.
  5. Circular meetups all around town
    Lastly, there are meetups with fellow designers all over Eindhoven during the week. Tomorrow night, the founder of BlueCity Lab Emma van der Leest is aired as one of the “Designers of the Futures“, selected by the Dutch broadcasting network VPRO. She is also present at the BIO DESIGN TALK on wednesday.

The Lab-team (Jamie, Gyán and Nienke) are present at the Dutch Design Week this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are meeting with bioneers from the Netherlands and abroad. Send us an email at when you want to meet up to and talk about circular solutions, and how we can realize them together.

Want to see more of Rotterdam-based bioneers on Dutch Design Week?bluecity-emma van der leest - microbioal vending machine

We listed all entrepreneurs and bioneers linked to BlueCity who are attending Dutch Design Week in this handy round up.

Bioneers unite!