That was the networking trip to Dutch Design Week
From 20 to 24 October 2023, Creative Industries Styria organized an exclusive networking trip to Eindhoven for the renowned Dutch Design Week (DDW), followed by a day in Amsterdam with a visit to a design hub and the NXT Museum for New Media Art.

DDW is one of the largest design events in Europe and has been held annually in Eindhoven in October since 2009. This year, more than 2,600 designers presented themselves in over 110 different locations, with the event enjoying great popularity and attracting more than 350,000 visitors.

The highlights were a warm welcome from Gerbrand Bas, Chairman of designlink, and an exceptional networking dinner hosted by the Dutch Invertuals. The Philips Museum surprised with a touch of nostalgia, while the Design Hub Capital C in Amsterdam impressed with its restoration history. The visit to the NXT Museum opened up a fascinating fusion of art and technology.

Designlink has been networking and supporting the Dutch design scene for over 20 years. The exhibition presented almost 100 design pieces that were launched no more than two years ago.

The Dutch Invertuals hosted an extraordinary networking dinner in an impressive industrial setting behind Eindhoven Central Station. In addition to an impressive art installation, numerous Dutch Invertuals creatives presented their work and their visions on the meaning of design.

Marieke Blankenstijn gave us an insight into the impressive Design Hub Capital C in the heart of Amsterdam. The former diamond and jewelry exchange building from 1911, which was in danger of collapsing after years of disuse, underwent extensive restoration from 2015 to 2019. Today, it shines in new splendor and offers space for numerous creative minds, a restaurant and a diverse selection of event rooms.

Our recommended visit to the NXT museum for new media art in Amsterdam impressively showcased the fusion of art and technology and we learned how innovative media can push the boundaries of art.