New narrative – Design in the digital age

posted on: 12/09/2014

The exhibition “new narrative – design in the digital age” which takes place from September 12th – October 19th at the Design House Darmstadt shows how innovative designers deal with new technologies. Divided into sections Rapid Prototyping / 3D Printing, Wearable Electronics, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things, Hessen Design presents new forms of products, communication and interface design.

New Narratives arise where design and technology meet, these narratives can be seen at the exhibition. DDD presents a recent project: Limburg Open Lab, with Boy Bastiaens, Albert Kiefer, Gay Jongen and Maurice Mentjens. The lab was set up during the Social Beta Event in May of this year. Entitled “new narrative – design in the digital age”, Hessen Design organizes a symposium at September 26th at the Designhaus Darmstadt. Speakers are: Dennis Paul, Albert Schuster, Werner Sobek, Tom Beijing, Benedikt Groß and Marc Maurer.


posted on: 31/08/2014

On Saturday 30 August the Netherlands celebrated 200 years of Kingdom in Maastricht. The National Committee for the Bicentenary of the Kingdom organized an international congress entitled ‘Hello World! Reflections on the Netherlands’ with a focus on culture, politics and trade. The heads of state of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany were present. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans and Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck gave some impressive speeches.

Dutch Design Desk Europe (DDDE) promotes the Dutch Creative Industry across the national borders and is based in Maastricht.

Hessisch-Niederländischer Wirtschaftstag

posted on: 23/06/2014

DDDE took part at an event organized by the Netherlands-Germany Chamber of Commerce.

On thursday, DDDE gave a short presentation about DDDE and its activities during dinner that was organized at the Den Haag Toren. On friday, in the royal townhouse of the German embassy in Den Haag DDDE attended a meeting organised by the German ambassador in the Netherlands Franz Josef Kremp and the Minister of Energy, Traffic and Development of Hessen, Tarek Al-Wazir. A lively gathering of about 60 people from Hessen and the Netherlands, all active in one way or the other in the creative industries, gaming or IT business, discussed possible cooperations.


posted on: 14/06/2014

With the support of the Province of Limburg and ECCE (European Centre for Creative Economy – Dortmund), ‘Kreative KLasse’ from Essen and DDDE presented a small intervention in the city of Essen, organizing an exhibition ECOCRAFT at Raum:Klasse. ECOCRAFT has been presented before in march on ‘Gut. Die Messe 2014′ in Bochum.

Dutch designers have an interesting view of sustainability, which is different than the German approach. This vision is communicated in an exhibition stand with designs and ideas of designers: Ragbag, Think Paper, H2 Interior, Lisanne Janssen and Bee Collective. ‘Kreative Klasse’ will respond to the Dutch presentation from a German point of view.

ECOCRAFT opened with a reception on Thursday, June 12th from 18:00 in the Theater Passage, Rathenaustraße 2-45127 Essen. This get-together was the closing event of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr and the starting-event of the Kulturpfadfest, which took place on June 13.


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Last week, the N.I.C.E Award winners were announced during the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr event in Essen. Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economics of NRW announced the winner of the award, which was co-initiated by Dutch Design Desk Europe.

The N.I.C.E. Award’s 2014 topic was ‘Innovations in Spillover’. From 22 countries arrived 108 applications from Artists and cultural creative entrepreneurs, scientists, politics and towns. A jury constituted of Pia Areblad (TILLT, Sweden), Charles Landry (Comedia, UK), Prof. Kurt Mehnert (Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany) and Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture, The Netherlands) selectedthe winners: 3rd awardee: URBANAUTS; 2nd awardee: Conexiones improbables & Unperfekthaus and the winner, 1st awardee: RLF.

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