Dutch Prime Minister Rutte @ Hannover Messe

posted on: 07/04/2014

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was present at the opening of the Hannover Messe, one of the most important industrial fairs in the world. The Netherlands will be the official “Partner Country” of the Hannover Messe this year. More than 270 Dutch companies, industrial associations and knowledge institutes will present themselves at this international fair.

At the opening of the Hanover Messe, Rutte mentions that is was wrong to think that The Netherlands are only represented by things as tulips, dikes and cheese. He highlights the fact that The Netherlands is an “innovation country in optimal form” and “a country of developers, creative spirits and inventive engineers”. Angela Merkel and Rutte visited a few of the 9 Dutch pavilions at the Hannover Messe.

NRW willing to collaborate with NL

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The German neighbouring state of The Netherlands, Nordrhein-Westfalen, receives 440 million euro from the European Union to improve their collaboration with The Netherlands and the German state Niedersachsen.

“Our commitment has paid off. Now, the close collaboration in the Euregion can gain momentum again”, says the minister of Economy Garrelt Duin of Nordrhein-Westfalen. We experienced that there can be made a lot of progress with small and specific projects.” As an example Duin mentioned the harmonization of vocational education on both sides of the border creating more opportunities for people. One half of the cost of the projects will be finance by Brussels the other half by Nordrhein-Westfalen, The Netherlands and Niedersachsen. Important for tis collaboration between The Netherlands, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Niedersachsen are all nine top sectors in The Netherlands: High Tech, Agro-food, Water, Energy, Horticulture, Chemicals, Creative Industry, Logistics and Life Sciences.

The aim of Dutch Design Desk Europe is to help businesses within the creative industry, which is one of the nine top sectors, to cross the national borders to Nordrhein-Westfalen and Niedersachsen.


posted on: 18/03/2014

Dutch Design Desk Europe will present Dutch designers on the Business-to-Consumer fair GUT. Die Messe. in Bochum from March 21st till 23rd, 2014.

Under the title ECOCRAFT, DDDE will collaborate with the Province of Limburg and the European Centre for Creative Economy in Dortmund (ECCE). The exhibition will show the work of the Dutch Designers; Ragbag, Think Paper, Bee Collective, Lisanne Janssen and H2 Interior. On Saturday, there will be two lectures given by Janicke Kernland (Studio Kernland) and Stella van Himbergen (Dutch Design in Development). During lunch there will be a matchmaking event between German and Dutch designers.

‘GUT. Die Messe’ stands for the concept of sustainability, which combines ecological, economic and social aspects. It’s about transformation design, an expression of a (sustainable) lifestyle and that is just as important as any new technical innovation.


posted on: 03/12/2013

Under the title ‘DUTCH DESIGN 2014’, Dutch Design Desk (DDD), in collaboration with the Dutch Consulate Cologne and the Chamber of Crafts Cologne, will present sixteen designers on PASSAGEN 2014 from January 13th to 19th, 2014. The exhibition shows the latest work of designers Alexander Pelikan, Chris Slutter, Dave Keune, DUM, Fabian Von Spreckelsen, Geke Lensink, Kaspar Hamacher, Kranen/Gille, Kees Marcelis, Jeroen Wand, Jacco Bregonje, Jesse Visser, Maurer United, Maurice Mentjens, Mieke Meijer and Roel Huisman.

The opening will take place on Monday, January 13th at 18.00 h. Speakers are Honorair Consul Jean Möhring, Director Handwerkskammerr Köln Dr. Ortwin Weltrich and Director Dutch Design Desk Nicole Maurer. The address is of the exhibition is: Handwerkskammer Köln, Heumarkt 12, 50667 Köln.

PASSAGEN is the largest design event in Germany and will open this year’s design season for the 25th time with international design projects, exhibitions and presentations. Together with the International Furniture Fair (IMM), which simultaneously takes place in Cologne, PASSAGEN is an unparalleled international design event every year.

DDD was founded in 2011 as part of the DutchDFA program and supports Dutch designers entering the German market. DDD collaborates with Dutch associations of the creative industries, the Dutch Embassy and Consulates in Germany, the Dutch ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ and several German partners. DDD is financially supported by the Province of Limburg and the ‘Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie’.

Very N.I.C.E.!

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To discuss the future of the Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E.) initiated by ecce and presented at the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013, representatives of the initiators from seven nations met at Dortmund U on 28 November 2013.

Following a keynote speech on the terminology and understanding of innovation by Pia Areblad, founder of the Swedish agency for artistic interventions TILLT, Dr. Leimüller, CEO of the Austrian special consulting agency for open innovation winnovation, hosted four debates on the new European network’s visions, methods, activities and statutes. At the end of this first intense work meeting it became clear that the coming year will be as busy as the last, with the official founding of the network, an award and an exhibition coming up. DDDE is one of the partners in this European network for the creative industry.

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