For this year’s iteration of Dutch Design Week, the organization and Frame are partnering to explore how we will live together in the future, specifically examining humans’ relationships with space. Below we share must-see five projects diving deep into the question, all part of the event’s Connected Living track. The design week will take place in Eindhoven from 16 to 24 October – don’t miss the chance to ponder the forthcoming ways we will need to work, live and play as a society.

Photo: Tilt / Switch/ Flip by Studio Jeroen van Veluw x Studio Pesi

LIVING AND WORKING FROM HOME

Dutch Design Foundation x Seoul Design Festival

The world over, masses have had to acquaint themselves with working from home due to the pandemic, a benefit for some and a drawback for others. Living and Working from Home, a collaborative project between Dutch Design Foundation and Seoul Design Festival, challenged three South Korean and three Dutch designers to team up and investigate the how WFH will evolve through three themes: workplace, public/private and phygital. Concepts developed by Cream on Chrome and Hyunjung Kim, Studio Jeroen van Veluw and Studio Pesi, and Studio Kontou and Dayoung Hwang spotlight the kinds of tools and strategies that can make long-term working from home more tenable.

Photo: Paulus van Dorsten (Concretestate)

ACCEPT & WORK

Setup

Three installations by Merijn van Moll and Ruben van de Ven will introduce visitors to the ‘hidden working class’ behind artificial intelligence (AI). Presented by Setup – a media lab that uncovers the impact of technology on society – the Accept & Work exhibition focuses on Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s crowdsourcing marketplace which offers individuals and businesses a ‘global, on-demand, 24/7 workforce’. The project educates on the work life and processes of the humans who train AIs through a range of micro-tasks, while sharing their diverse personal stories. Pictured is Auto-Accept, an installation that recreates the meditative flow workers experience during an ‘auto-accept HIT streak’.

Photo: Joery Verweij

SMART DISTANCING SYSTEM

Jólan van der Wiel x Nick Verstand 

How can social distancing become easier – and more fun? That question drove Jólan van der Wiel and Nick Verstand to create Smart Distancing System, which comprises self-authored software, motion tracking cameras and laser lights. Touted as a more intuitive, less intrusive set-up, the playful signage system follows people with dynamic light, seeking to encourage user connection despite the safety boundaries. Incorporating layout, technology and sound design, the project additionally serves as a critical commentary on the surveillance society and real-time movement tracking.

MATERIAL MEETINGS

Swedish School of Textiles

With the exhibition Material Meetings, BA and MA graduate students from the Swedish School of Textiles set out to show how design and material knowledge can help ‘tackle the complexity of our life today’. Aimed at shifting viewer perspectives through highlighting advanced artistic skills and textile methodology, the various works displayed reflect themes such as bio-design, digitalization, inclusiveness and challenging beliefs and traditions. The students intend to overcome limiting boundaries of textile thinking and techniques.

SOFT SPACE

Alissa+Nienke

Working at the intersection of technology and craft, Alissa+Nienke (A+N) develop material innovations targeted toward wellbeing. With Soft Space, the duo seeks to ‘add softness to our ever-digitalizing world’. A place for unwinding and connecting with others, the installation is a material universe, showcasing A+N’s research on stress-reducing surfaces – a collaboration with behavioural scientist Renske Bongers, TU Delft and TU/e – and Fringes & Floats, a wallcovering collection. 

Learn more about the Connected Living track here, and sign up for the talks programme in Eindhoven on 19 October here. In addition to this talks programme, Frame is organizing an interactive event during Dutch Design Week called The Next Space. Including talks and a make-a-thon, it will be held at DOMUSDELA in Eindhoven on 21 October. Secure your tickets here.