Discover the value of design. Meet the designers, visit their countless creative studios and have a look for yourself in the places where ideas are hatched.

Dutch Design Foundation organises various tours and programmes during DDW 

Design tours and programs

DDW talks

DDF introduces you to the greatest designers and the most exciting design practices through two daily talks. Start your DDW day with a quick anthology of the great names from the design world and their young heroes. Or, acquire new insights from young talents who invite their design heroes. Soak up inspiration from these short talks by famous designers and young talents.

Every day from 10:00 – 11:00 hours and 12:30 – 13:15 hours. Location: Entresol (Klokgebouw). Keep an eye on our website for more info!

​DDW Tours in the Klokgebouw

Discover Dutch Design Week with a DDW Guide, who leads you on a tour of the Klokgebouw, explaining about Dutch design in all its diversity. And teaches you to look at design in a different way so you can understand the story behind the objects on display. The tour is a useful tool to get more out of your DDW visit.

The Tours take place from Saturday 21 October t/m Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 11:30 am. If the tours appear to be very well visited, we will offer more DDW Tours.

With the Tours of 45 minutes you visit different projects and exhibitions in the Klokgebouw, Eindhoven. Tickets for DDW Tours in the Klokgebouw cost € 9,25 including VAT and service costs. For participation in the Tours you also need a DDW Ticket

The maximum number of participants per tour is 12. In case you would like to join the DDW Tour Klokgebouw with more participants, please contact us.

Get your ticket here!

Customised Tips

Dutch Design Foundation prepares a customised list with a selection of handpicked exhibitions, presentations and projects from everything at DDW 2017, based on the chosen themes. A mix of famous designers, young talents and new innovation / design ideas.

The requester visits the locations as they wish, without a guide. DDW puts together a full day programme. Interested? Please contact us for details.

EUR 375 excl. VAT

Business packages

Programme Strijp-S

The programme in Strijp-S offers a comprehensive picture of Dutch Design across the board. Young and established designers, commerce and educational institutes present themselves in an industrial setting. Visit the Dutch Design Awards exhibition in the Veemgebouw, showing and rewarding the best in Dutch design each year. This exhibition presents the most impressive, innovative, ground-breaking and sometimes world-improving projects.

Meet-up at Keukenconfessies in the Klokgebouw with a drink
Short explanation about DDW with short video by director Martijn Paulen
Design Presentation about Dutch Design Awards that provides an inspiring and refreshing picture of the latest developments in the field of design across the board.
Guided tour of Dutch Design Awards exhibition in the Veemgebouw
Concluded with a drink or dinner at Keukenconfessies

Can start from 15:00 hours. If the guided tour takes place after 17:00 hours, there will be a surcharge for the visit outside normal exhibition hours.

City centre programme

The programme in the city centre includes curated exhibitions on the cutting edge of art and design in the centre of Eindhoven. In Van Abbemuseum various exhibitions can be visited during DDW, including an exhibition curated by the Design Academy Eindhoven, that embraces a different theme each year. But also two exhibitions within the scope of the national theme year ‘Mondriaan to Dutch Design’, celebrating 100 years of design. As well as the exhibition ‘The Making of Modern Art’.

Meet-up in Van Abbemuseum with drink
Short explanation about DDW with short video by director Martijn Paulen
Time for a yet-to-be determined presentation (e.g. an own presentation for your guests or a presentation by the Van Abbemuseum)
Guided tour of one or two of the aforementioned exhibitions in the Van Abbemuseum
Concluded with a drink or dinner in Karel 1 museum café

Can start from 15:00 hours. If the guided tour takes place after 17:00 hours, there will be a surcharge for the visit outside normal exhibition hours.


Programme Sectie-C

The programme on Sectie-C presents dynamic and experimental design, with attention for the circular economy, social design and new craftsmanship, by design talent in a raw setting on the edge of town. In Sectie-C the various studios and workshops accommodate emerging and established talents that are open and accessible during DDW. There are also several collective exhibitions worth visiting each year.

Meet-up in Sectie-C with drink
Short explanation about DDW with short video by director Martijn Paulen
Introduction to Sectie-C with presentation by a designer or representative from Sectie-C
Tour with designer around Sectie-C, visiting a number of studios, workshops and exhibitions.
18:00– y.t.d.
Concluded with a drink or dinner in an exceptional space in Sectie-C
Discover Sectie-C in the evening, the exhibitions and spaces are open until 21:00 hours

Prices per person for business packages (excluding drinks or dinner):

20-40 people = € 90 incl. VAT (comprising 75.50 incl. 21% VAT + DDW ticket each 19.50  incl. 6% VAT)

41-60 people = € 70 incl. VAT (comprising 50.50 incl. 21% VAT + DDW ticket each 19.50  incl. 6% VAT)   

61 > people = € 60 incl. VAT (comprising 40.50 incl. 21% VAT + DDW ticket each 19.50  incl. 6% VAT)  


Looking for cooperation with designers? Dutch Design Foundation brings companies, organisations and government institutions purposefully into contact with designers. This is arranged with customised tours and programmes during Dutch Design Week. Want to know more? Please contact us for more information.


Press accreditation

The press accreditation of Dutch Design Week 2017 starts in August, keep an eye on the press page for more information.

Plan your visit

Ticket algemeen

Click here for the Dutch Design week programme.

Opening hours

Areas and opening hours

DDW is divided into three design areas. Opening hours vary per venue, most venues are open from 11:00-18:00 every day. Check the programme for more information and up-to-date opening hours.

Strijp Area

General opening hours: 11:00 - 18:00.
Talented and renowned designers, trade and industry, and numerous educational institutions present themselves in an industrial setting with a strong business character.

Central Area

General opening hours: 11.00-18:00. Design Academy Eindhoven opening hours are different. Check the Design Academy Eindhoven event page for the specific opening hours. 
Design collectives and cultural institutes, mostly curated, in the friendly and welcoming centre of Eindhoven.

East Area

General opening hours: Sectie C, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 21:00, Monday till Friday 14:00 - 21:00. Up-and-coming designers and dynamic collectives with a hands-on mentality in the experimental environment of the unique design enclave Sectie C on the outskirts of the city.

Getting to Eindhoven

By Train 

DDW visitors getting off the train will find themselves in the midst of the design bustle. The intercity takes you to the Central Station in the heart of the city. Slow trains also stop at Station Strijp-S. Plan your journey via the website of the Dutch Railways.

By Car

Eindhoven is easy to access and to exit by car. From Amsterdam/Utrecht via the A2, Rotterdam/Tilburg via the A58, Antwerp via the A67, and from Arnhem/Nijmegen via the A50. At and around Strijp S/T/R sites and in the city centre are sufficient paid parking facilities. Get directions.

By Plane

Eindhoven Airport has a fast bus service that takes you to the Central Station in up to fifteen minutes. From there, the various DDW locations are excellently accessible on foot, by bike or by public transport. You can also take a cab: the price of a ride from the airport to the city centre is approx. € 25.00.

Stay Overnight

Are you planning to stay overnight? Eindhoven has numerous hotels in and around the city centre, where you can stay very comfortably. Most hotels are at capacity during the festival, we recommend to book very early to be sure to have a hotel room. Check for an overview of hotels in Eindhoven.

Getting Around

Volvo Car

Free Volvo taxis take visitors (every day between 11:00-20:00) to and from every DDW venue. Hop in at one of the taxi ranks: the Witte Dame, Stadhuisplein, Klokgebouw and Piet Hein Eek. Reservations by telephone from all other locations: + 31-40-218 00 00.

ABN AMRO bikes

Want to see everything of DDW? All event locations are within biking distance. Moreover, you’re only a real ‘Dutchie’ when you’re cycling. Rent a bike from Urban Wheelz Center at the Ketelhuisplein, Design Perron/Dutch Invertuals or on the Lichtplein. Note: only upon presentation of valid ID and creditcard. Free for DDW ticket holders, while stocks last! Rent a bike without a DDW ticket for € 10,-.

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DDW Music

Tickets DDW Music

The DDW Music programme is free (except for the specials) if you have a DDW ticket. Without a DDW ticket, a concert costs € 5 (tickets only at the door). Please note: there are a limited number of places. A DDW ticket does not guarantee you admission.

DDW Music Specials

A special rate applies for the DDW Music specials, your DDW wristband entitles you to a €5,- discount on the DDW Music Specials. Tickets are available through and at the Effenaar ticket office.

Line-up DDW Music

More information about the line-up will follow.

More info

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 2500 designers to more than 295,000 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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Save the date!

Future DDW


October 21 through October 29


October 20 through October 28


October 19 through October 27


October 17 through October 25


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.

2009:  Leonne Cuppen

2010:  Roland Bird, Marijn van der Poll

2011:  Miriam van der Lubbe, Bruno Ninaber van Eyben

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

2013:  Daan Roosegaarde, Piet Hein Eek

2014:  Scholten & Baijings, Arne Hendriks

2015:  Makkink & Bey, Koert van Mensvoort

2016:  Maarten Baas & Bas van Abel

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).