The graduation show brought together over 200 projects from bachelor’s and master’s students, which were exhibited in the Heuvel shopping centre in Eindhoven.
Projects featured in the show spanned diverse themes, ranging from futuristic product designs to speculative proposals and community-focussed work.
The shoe was fitted with weights to counteract the detrimental effects of Mars’ low-gravity atmosphere, which is only 38 per cent as strong as the Earth’s gravitational pull.
The weighted design was intended to simulate the same physical exertion as a user exercising on Earth feels.
Red Comet is designed by student Nolan Le Goff. Photography by Nicole Marnati
Postgraduate student Ankit Kumar Singh‘s Its Delivery Time project aimed to address the often dehumanising struggles that delivery food drivers experience.
Singh created a portable, hand-pushed cart, which offers refreshments and acts as a service point for delivery drivers throughout the city.
The concept aimed to open up a dialogue between drivers and the wider public, who often are alienated from one another. Singh worked with local drivers and restaurants to create a service tailored to their needs.
Its Delivery Time was created by masters student Ankit Kumar Singh. Photograph by FemkeReijerman
The show also included large-scale installations, such as Dace Sūna‘s Cosmic Dancer concept. The immersive installation took the form of a large hanging lamp placed over a sensory water pool, around which visitors were seated.
Sūna invited viewers to focus on the the changing water drop cycles at the centre of the piece, which created a meditative experience intended to provoke viewers into contemplating the cycles of creation, preservation, destruction and rebirth.
Michelle Akiki Jonker is the designer of The Mutuba Spirit project. Photograph by Carlfried Verwaayen
Other exhibited projects included a card game designed to raise awareness about burnout, a video installation exploring cognitive tension around pornography and erotica, as well as a display showcasing traditional Ugandan methods of creating cloth from tree bark.
This video is the first in a series of reels Dezeen is producing during the design week, highlighting the best projects from the design fair.
Dutch Design Week 2023 takes place from 21 to 29 October in Eindhoven. See Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.
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