New festival Designkwartier Den Haag speaks to all the senses

Slow design, food & lifestyle at the Zeeheldenkwartier The Hague

16 – 18 May 2014

Bringing slow design of Dutch origin, vintage lifestyle, interior design and design menus, the Designkwartier Den Haag [Design Quarter The Hague] festival joins the current movement of sustainability and small-scale lifestyle and living. 

The festival features presentations by designers, pop-up stores, specials in existing shops and exhibitions at the Panorama Mesdag and the Museum voor Communicatie.

Visitors can get to know new design straight from the studio and engage with designers’ stories. The first edition of Designkwartier Den Haag will take place from 16 to 18 May at the Zeeheldenkwartier near the centre of The Hague.

Pop-up stores, startling presentations and design warehouse
An inspiring route through the vibrant Zeeheldenkwartier will take in specialist shops like Edwin Pelser, Wauw, PIM and Tas-ka. Pop-up stores include a design tea towel shop and a toyshop, which will offer work for sale by known and unknown talent.

Among its permanent collection museum Panorama Mesdag presents work by Christien Meindertsma and Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters. The Museum voor Communicatie offers the exhibition Pratende Apparaten (Speaking Devices), which includes the most fascinating interactive inventions.

Editor in chief of Eigen Huis & Interieur magazine Mary Hessing will open up her own residence with WOTH (a Week-Only Treasure Hunt), a temporary design store featuring her personal favourites. The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) will have work on display that featured in the exhibition presented during the design week in Milan earlier this year. At The Reactor visitors can explore how the creative process actually unfolds.

Creative entrepreneurship
Designkwartier Den Haag was initiated by Edwin Pelser, owner of the eponymous design shop, interior stylist Susanne Kennedy and event organiser Mei- Lan Tjoa.

They consider creative entrepreneurship as a driver for innovation. By way of a multi-faceted and high-quality selection of slow design Designkwartier Den Haag pays attention to the international trend in which quality is measured by the care and attention with which sometimes has been designed and produced. For Designkwartier Den Haag they made a careful selection of new high-quality design, without losing sight of the need to appeal to a broad audience.