Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Eindhoven

Welcome to Eindhoven. For those who are unfamiliar, this is a very important Dutch city. It's the home of Philips 'healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle' products and where the city first developed it's love of design. I didn't go to the Philips Museum, but I have heard it is worth a peep. Where I did go was the Eindhoven Academie, The Netherland's foremost design university which is continuing to churn out the most incredible designers year after year. Sorry, no pics but the gallery there is great for upcoming talent.
Continuing on we headed to a design and museum hot-spot – Design Huis and the van Abbe Museum being a stone's throw from each other. below, just some nice tiles i found on my travels...
The van Abbe Museum of Modern and Contemporay Art. The building itself is lovely, blending the old with the new.
And there's a lovely cafe overlooking the water feature, also accessible on it's own. Sadly all we had time for was to re-fuel at the cafe as we were on a design mission. so, off to the next stop...
Design Huis (Design House). The building is the former Eindhoven courthouse, designed by engineer J. Kruger B.I. and built 1962, has the characteristics of the Delft School as well as the building style of the New Traditionalism. You can read more about the building and it's renovations here.
The ceiling of building is a work of art in itself. the whole building is a lovely mix of concrete, stone, slate and wood.
Polish designed rug Dia by Moho Design.
The main exhibition focuses on design for the mass market looking at Hema (above and below)...
Muji product design, below.
Topshop, below:
Viktor & Rolf, for H&M:And a few smaller companies:
The shop has a great selection of designer products too.
And that was Eindhoven!

The Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10 Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Open: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday the museum is open until 9 p.m.! Until December 31th 2008: free admission on thursday evening, from 17.00 o'clock till 21.00 o'clock. Cost: adults: €8,50. Holders of 'Museumkaart': free of charge. Groups of 15 or more and those over 65: € 6 per person, students (up to 27 years old) is €4. Children under 12 years of age free.

Design Huis
Stadhuisplein 3, 5611 EM Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm. Cost: adults €5, seniors/students €3 (must show pass). children 12 and under €1.






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