May 27-29 2016, festival Designkwartier Den Haag

Festival Designkwartier mixes presentations, shops, activities, and exhibitions in the design field into an inspiring event. For three days, the Zeeheldenkwartier is the domain of leading designers and new talent with exciting projects. You will find special design for everyday use as well as inventive and witty objects to think about. During the festival, the designers are present to illustrate their work. This way, the visitor is challenged to view obvious matters in a different way.
The route is inspiring as it runs along about 50 diverse locations, such as pop-up stores, shops, galleries, museum Panorama Mesdag, national monument the Temple, art center Stroom Den Haag and surprising places such as courtyards, houses and industrial warehouses.

Sneak preview
There is much to see and do at the festival. Here is some of the wide-ranging offer:

  • Step by step, Atelier NL shows how it made fine glassware from sand of the Scheveningen Sand Motor.
  • Designer Vera de Pont invented the Pop-Up Collection: seamless coats that you cut out of the pattern and wear immediately.
  • ​Label Breed shows what you get when you link renowned Dutch designers to Dutch factories with specific techniques.
  • At Windmakers, which is a platform for young artists from The Hague, the public can create an artistic collage.
  • Carte Blanche Concepts experiments with the taste, smell and experience of food. It builds a beautiful installation of cake from which you can eat.
  • The disruptors of Circus Engelbregt make the audience part of their presentation by challenging them to step out of their comfort zone.
  • Dutch Design Daily LIVE Pop-Up is a series of LIVE events across Dutch Design. On Saturday, May 28, interviews are held with fashion designer Dewi Bekker and product designer Floris Hovers at 12 pm and 3 pm. (Heering Office - Zoutmanstraat 30-36).
  • There is a unique pop-up museum from Woes van Haaften with New Window, which is a platform that provides insight into the creative process of art and design.
  • De Koppenwinkel, which only has coffee cups and tea cups, shows the numerous ceramic techniques of the designers. In addition, there is a theme store for special glassware.

Innovative design
The initiators of festival Designkwartier Den Haag see creative entrepreneurship as key driver for innovation. Designers and other creative thinkers contribute to the solving of minor and major social problems with new ideas and original approaches. For festival Designkwartier Den Haag, the organization makes a competitive selection of new and high-quality design: innovative and inquisitive, and therefore interesting for a wide audience. Designkwartier Den Haag highlights an international trend this way: measuring quality against the care and attention with which something is designed and made.

The organization
The festival is an initiative of Foundation Designkwartier Den Haag. This foundation is established by Edwin Pelser, owner of the homonymous design shop in The Hague, interior designer Susanne Kennedy and event organizer Mei Lan Tjoa. In 2014, the festival is organized for the first time. Sponsorship and grants from the cultural sector help realize this festival, such as the municipality of The Hague, Fonds 1818, the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and BIZ Zeeheldenkwartier.

Practical information
Date: Friday May 27 - Sunday May 29
Location: Zeeheldenkwartier, The Hague
Admission: free
Twitter: @dsgnkwrtr
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