Explore the Dutch Design district
Welcome to North Brabant: the Dutch Design district and birthplace of Vincent van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch. The industrious city of Eindhoven is the epicentre of the Dutch Design scene, home to Design Academy Eindhoven and the illustrious Dutch Design Week every autumn. Be sure to also visit neighbouring cities like Tilburg, Den Bosch and Breda to discover a wealth of design-inspired museums and icons. All in, it’s the perfect region in which to encounter pioneers like Gerrit Rietveld, meet the stars of contemporary Dutch Design, such as Piet Hein Eek and Maarten Baas, and uncover the stars of tomorrow during Dutch Design Week.
- Visit the Dutch Design Week
- Take a peek inside Piet Hein Eek’s design studio in Eindhoven, open all year.
- The Ploegfabriek, a spectacular textile factory designed by Gerrit Rietveld, is open to public.
Discover the Dutch Design district: from Gerrit Rietveld to Dutch Design Week
The beautiful province of North Brabant has long been responsible for some of Holland's most important artists and designers. The key cities of Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Breda, Tilburg and Helmond are recognised as hubs of Dutch Design and artistic innovation. Designers from here have become masters of functional, solution-oriented concepts that reflect the culture and attitude of the Dutch. In 2017 Brabant celebrates the achievements of Dutch Design with a full calendar of special events, illuminating exhibitions, exclusive guided tours and design routes. Visit icons of De Stijl, get to know the work of leading Dutch designers like Piet Hein Eek and Maarten Baas, meet the design stars of tomorrow, or try your own hand at design during ceramic and textile workshops.
Established in 1947, the world-renowned Design Academy Eindhoven has cemented the industrious city of Eindhoven as the beating heart of Dutch Design. Its alumni have gone on to some of Holland's best-known design brands (think Piet Hein Eek, Moooi, Droog Design), and each year its graduating students dazzle with new ideas. The perfect chance to experience this first hand is during Dutch Design Week, an annual design showcase that takes place across some 100 locations in Eindhoven.
For a truly special experience, visit Gerrit Rietveld's iconic textile factory the Ploegfabriek. Situated in the town of Bergeijk, it was the only industrial space designed by Gerrit Reitveld, while acclaimed landscape architect Mien Ruys was responsible for its surrounding park. The Ploegfabriek reopens to the public especially for the Mondrian to Dutch Design celebrations in 2017. Join an official Rietveld safari tour or simply stroll through the magnificent grounds. You can even take a look at the bungalow Rietveld designed for the Van Daalen family (and its authentic Spectrum Showroom), follow the cycling trails or enjoy a game of mini golf with the kids.
Take a City Design tour
Explore 10 hidden design delights that make the Dutch Design district so unique. This guided tour also offers insider tips and insights about the history of the North Brabant region.
Don't miss Dutch Design Week
Dutch Design Week is a grand celebration of art, design and innovation, taking place in Eindhoven every October. It showcases some 2,500 talents across 100 locations and unsurprisingly it attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. Discover what the future of design holds, meet the new stars of Dutch Design, pick the perfect Design Route through Eindhoven, and don’t miss the famous Graduation Show by students from the Design Academy Eindhoven.
Stay in Eindhoven
Make the most of the Dutch Design district by staying in the beautiful Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven, partly housed in the monumental Philips Light Tower in the heart of the city.
Take inspiration from Van Gogh. No trip to Eindhoven is complete without cycling the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path. After dark, this sparkling path is lit by thousands of twinkling pebbles, inspired by his 'Starry Night'.