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DDW19 – a round-up of bioneers and designers from BlueCity at Dutch Designweek Eindhoven


The yearly designfestival Dutch Design Week is taking place from 19 until 27 oktober. In this article you’ll find a list of participating bioneers and designers linked to BlueCity.

De Dutch Design Week lasts 9 days, in which 2600 present their work at 120 locations. In this overload of interesting ideas and innovative thoughts, we’re happy to highlight the BlueCitizens representing their work in Eindhoven.

‘VERBINDING’ -Lisa Jongejans

DDW19-lisa-jongejans-bluecity-labLisa Jongejans (bioneer who works at BlueCity Lab) presents a series of urns that are 100% biodegradable. No pollution and it connects with valuable memories of your loved ones.

  • > Philitelaan | Strijp-S

Waterweg, BlueRoof and other winners of the Plastic Design Challenge

If you think of sludge, you think of a useless by-product. It is dredged from riverbeds to create deeper waterways and avoid rivers from overflowing. Dredging ships collect the mud, which is transported over road to a storage location. The transportation generates unnecessary CO2 emission and a lot of money and time is invested in an unwanted product. Dutch start-up Waterweg came up with a recycling process that turns this raw material into a circular and environmentally-friendly material for water permeable tiles. At the Dutch Design Week they will present their process of trial and error.


BlueRoof develops green roofs from sewage waste and are opening their new location at the Kralingseveer wastewater treatment Kralingseveer in Capelle aan den IJssel this week, in collaboration with the Hoogheemraadschap.

BlueCity Lab founder Emma van der Leest

bluecity-emma van der leest - microbioal vending machine

BlueCity Lab founder Emma van der Leest will be present at Bio Design Talks, a program to bring you up to speed with the rapidly evolving field of bio design. She will also be present with her exhibition Lab in Progress at the Veemgebouw (Strijp-S). This exhibition features  her research into both a coating for bio leather made from a pathogenic fungus and an alternative colour of a marine bacteria that produces a structural colour. Furthermore, this exhibition will show a timeline of the past seven years of research Emma has done into these topics.

Knowledge Center of Paper and Cardboard | Kenniscentrum Papier en Karton

Kenniscentrum Papier en Karton (Knowledge Center of Paper and Cardboard, KCPK) will present as part of the ‘Design for Recycling’ seminar. They host two presentations: in the first one, Henrike Holberda will take you into the world of sustainable packaging using paper and cardboard, through the lens of recyclability guidelines. Offering a range of real-world examples, she will show what sustainable and recyclable packaging can look like.

In the second one, Sophie Krah presents her sustainable initiative. Using locally produced paper and cardboard made from elephant grass, she not only designed a recyclable packaging from a renewable source; her local-to-local approach has drastically reduced the number of transportation kilometers, and thus the environmental footprint of the packaging.

Coffee Based

Every year 300 million kilos of coffee grounds are produced in the Netherlands. Much of this ends up in the waste incineration. That’s a shame! Coffee Based ensures that this material is utilized better by making biobased products from this waste.

NS Upcycle

Verdraaid Goed presents products made for NS Upcycle. Old train seating upholstery and yellow travel information signs are given a second life as new products. For example, old signs are made into trays, notebooks, toys or bird houses. Old seating upholstery is made into bags, sometimes even with graffiti that we would rather not see on our seats, but that makes the bags unique. A great sustainable gift! The old train materials are given a new function and this way they remain useful for years to come. Upcycling!

  • > at Yksi Expo


New member of the BlueCity family Meshlabs is launching her Urbanella collection at the Dutch Design Week. The collection consists of wearable rain gear made out of recycled polyester yarns, recycled cotton cords, and material recycled zippers.

  • > at Yksi Expo

Discover the world of biodesign – on foot

The Bio Design route gets you up to speed on the rapidly developing field of Bio Design. Discover the difference between designing with nature and designing new nature. De Bio Design Route is curated by DDW and partners.