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.


posted on: 08/05/2014

By assignment of the Province of Limburg DDDE selected four top designers from Limburg to join the Limburg Open Lab (LOL): Maurice Mentjens, Gay Jongen, Boy Bastiaens and Albert Kiefer. The designers will develop the next promotional gift for the Province of Limburg as a team and in only one day. The prototype will be 3D printed at the end of this intensive whole day workshop, that will take place at the Social Beta Event 2014 in Heerlen. The audience of the event will be invited to observe and interact with the designers while their working. The future is now!

“The Social Beta Event takes place every year in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. It is a three day cross-over event for new technology and innovation that matters. Discover business opportunities and challenges in an inspiring, creative environment full of thinkers and makers. An event for today’s and tomorrow’s society.”

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