Best of Dutch Design – vernissage with international guests at the red dot design museum

The public vernissage of the special exhibition “Best of Dutch Design” at the red dot design museum on 7 April 2010 was a complete success: numerous guests from the Netherlands had also travelled to the exhibition opening which was accompanied by a diverse programme consisting of lectures and a Design Talk as well as a broad range of exclusive designer food.

In the exhibition, which runs until 2 May 2010, the red dot design museum presents the finalists and winners of the Dutch Design Award 2009. All creative works come from the three main categories “Communication Design”, “Product Design”, and the relatively new discipline “Spatial Design”, with entries from architecture, space and landscape design.

After a welcome by Vito Ora˛em, managing director of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Timo de Rijk, university professor for industrial design at Delft University, gave a lecture about the Dutch design approach of creating design solutions for social issues in particular, and thus increasing living conditions.

At the ensuing Design Talk three winners of the Dutch Design Award were introduced. The host, Hans Robertus, Director of the Dutch Design Week, presented the “Kitten Scanner” by Philips Design, a teaching aid that aims to take away children’s fear of computer tomography and already received the red dot: best of the best 2009. Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde presented his interactive landscape “Flow 5.0”, consisting of hundreds of little fans which react to the sounds and movements of passers-by, and thus visually illustrates an interaction between technology and human beings. With their “Flying Grass Carpet”, an artistically designed area of artificial lawn, Eddy Kayser and Bart Cardinaal explained their concept which aims to make dull cities greener and invite passers-by to linger.

Afterwards, the audience had the opportunity to inspect the quality of Dutch design in the different design disciplines themselves. The food design also inspired the guests: at a 10 metre long table Dutch food designers offered culinary specialities.

The exhibition “Best of Dutch Design” will be on display at the red dot design museum until 2 May 2010.

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