For 9 whole days, DDW boosts 110 locations, presenting the processes, experiments and ideas, answers and solutions thought up by 2500 designers. Come and be amazed, surprised or astonished. Ask yourself new questions, draw inspiration for your own answers and allow the power of design to convince you.
Save the date! DDW 2018: 20 - 28 October.
Plan your visit
Tickets for DDW 2018 are not available yet. Keep an eye on the website for more information.
Click here for the Dutch Design week programme.
DDW is divided into three design areas. Opening
hours vary per venue, most venues are open from 11:00-18:00 every day. Design Academy Eindhoven opening hours are different. Check the Design Academy Eindhoven event page for the specific opening hours. Check the programme for more information and
up-to-date opening hours.
Talented and renowned designers, trade and industry, and numerous educational institutions present themselves in an industrial setting with a strong business character.
Design collectives and cultural institutes, mostly curated, in the friendly and welcoming centre of Eindhoven.
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.
Upon Dutch Design Week’s invitation, various experts compiled theme design routes. Routes that take you on foot, on a bicycle or in a Volvo Design Ride from one specially selected exhibition, presentation, lecture and music performance to another. There are tours for newcomers, die-hard visitors, and everyone in between. You can also find them on the website and in the DDW App (soon available).
Discover the value of design. You find more info here about different tours and programs.
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. There is a special DDW arrangement in the NS Spoordeelwinkel available. Check NS-spoordeelwinkel.nl for a special offer for train + pass-partout DDW
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.
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.
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 here for an overview of hotels in Eindhoven.
Are you planning to grab a bite in Eindhoven? Check here for an various overview of restaurants in Eindhoven who participate in Dutch Design Week 2017. We recommend to book very early to be sure of a seat.
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.
Click here for more information about the Volvo Design Rides
This year Dutch Design Week offers free transportation within Eindhoven for electrical wheelchair or mobility scooter users.
The Zonnebloem-car is available between 11:00 and 20:00. Unfortunately the Zonnebloem-car is not available in the last weekend of Dutch Design Week.
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 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,-.
The bikes are very populair so please note that there is a chance that all bicycles will be rented before 12:00.
A free shuttle bus transports you between the following locations: Ketelhuisplein, TAC/Philips stadium, Lichtplein, Citty Hall, Sectie-C, Design Perron/Dutch Invertuals, Central Station Eindhoven, Piet Hein Eek and between Veem/Innovation Powerhouse. Every day between 11:00 – 19:00. The bus departs every twenty minutes from the Klokgebouw (Strijp-S). All departure times subject to change.
With DDW Talks, the Dutch Design Week guides you towards exemplary designers and innovative practices. A great opportunity to get inspired, all for free.
Start your DDW-day early! Before the exhibitions open you can kickstart your day with some major players in the design field and their young heroes. In the afternoon, a thinker and a maker are invited to share their experiences about their practices and will join efforts to understand underlying currents in the future of the design field. Prepare to stretch your mind!
Find the programme of DDW talks here.
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.
Did you know that Dutch Design Week goes beyond the physical and visual? DDW Music adds a catchy, danceable, buzzworthy, and moving soundtrack to the weeklong festival. This year’s programme is bigger than ever, with over 70 musical performances between 20–28 October, at over a dozen venues throughout Eindhoven. Click here for more info about DDW Music.
A special rate applies for the DDW Music specials,
your DDW wristband entitles you to a €5,- discount on the DDW Music Specials. Prior to DDW, tickets are available through www.effenaar.nl and at the Effenaar ticket office.
The DDW Music line-up is not yet available.
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.
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
2017: Winy Maas & Lonny van Ryswyck en Nadine Sterk & Marcus Fairs
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).