Design has been in the DNA of the Eindhoven Brainport region for decades
Thanks to its industrial and technological background, Eindhoven has developed into a city of innovation and creativity, a fact that is acknowledged by the numerous innovative products invented, developed and manufactured in Brainport. Design icons are the Design Academy Eindhoven (according to Time Magazine the ‘School of Cool’), the top design studio of Philips Design, the famous Van Abbemuseum, the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and the extremely popular annual Dutch Design Week.
Mind you, top design from Brainport is not only ‘technology with an attractive appearance’ but also ‘convenience’ and ‘comfort’. In short: products that make life more pleasant. And it is for this reason that there is a market for these products. Design is increasingly often making the difference.
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Design by Van Berlo
The name Van Berlo probably won’t immediately ring a bell. Yet this design agency is responsible for the design of commonly used coffee machines, parking meters, home tap and hip bikes. And do you know the Maxi Cosi? A design by Van Berlo!
In the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven you will find collections of modern and contemporary art. The museum, which was once founded by a cigar manufacturer, exhibits among others paintings by El Lissitzky, Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky.
Since 2010 the center of Eindhoven is decorated with the teardrop Blob, a Binary Linear Object Building. This striking building was designed by the Italian designer Massimiliano Fuksas.
A nice product to
Anton and Gerard Philips, the founders of the eponymous company, realized years ago that it’s important for a successful product to look nice. The design office of Philips is still located in Eindhoven. That’s for example the birthplace of Philips Wake-up Light.
The empire of Piet Hein Eek
When it comes to furniture design in Brainport Eindhoven Region, you can’t miss designer Piet Hein Eek. The former student of the Design Academy started with a simple box of scrap wood, but has now built a large empire in Strijp-S: a design studio, workshop, shop and restaurant.
Dutch Design Week (DDW)
Every year, during the Dutch Design Week (DDW ), top designers from Eindhoven show why this region is such a fascinating creative industry. More than 1500 designers exhibit their work at 65 different locations in the city. This year (2012) will be the 11the edition of the Dutch Design Week.
Design Academy: the best place to study design
The Design Academy in Eindhoven is, according to the American newspaper The New York Times, the best place to study design. Famous designers include Richard Hutten and Piet Hein Eek are alumni of the Design Academy. The graduation show of the Design Academy is every year one of the biggest crowd pullers at the Dutch Design Week.