Dutch Design & Beijing Design Week 2017

Looking at the bigger picture

During the Beijing Design Week 2017 a broad range of Dutch design is featured throughout different locations in China’s capital. These Dutch projects show that Dutch design never stands alone; it is driven by inclusivity, cross-fertilization, integration and looking at the bigger picture.

Schedule of Dutch exhibitions and events


Dutch Architecture & You

Dutch architecture firms are well known for their integrated approach and the far reaching involvement with end users. They have proved that their projects in China made users feel comfortable to live, study and work in. For the 2017 Beijing design week, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invites you to take a closer look at some prime examples throughout China and (re-)discover the buildings from different points of view, both from the architect as the end users. The exhbition includes 10 Dutch architecture firms around China, for example: OMA, MVRDV, NEXT architects, Powerhouse company and so on.

The exhibition is designed by Maison H.

  • Organizer: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Time: 28 September – 6 October, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Venue: 751D·PARK // A19 Gearing Space
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: follow us on Instagram (@DutchCultureChina)

Our Future Cities seminar series

Urbanization and environmental challenges ask for creative solutions to make the cities we live in resilient, our societies sustainable and our lives comfortable. The creative industry plays an important role in developing new ideas for a sustainable future. During three seminar sessions we introduce Chinese and Dutch visions on our future cities. We will discuss how we can supply future cities with quality and diverse food, we will envision (Far) Future Cityscapes and explore how future public spaces should be designed. By creating together we can come up with stronger solutions to global changes. The participation of you & I plays an essential role in this process. Let’s create together!

29 September - Future Cityscapes: Neville Mars (Mars Architects), Ben de Lange (Superimpose Architects), Zhuang Zhiyu (RSAA)           
30 September - Feeding Future Cities: Oscar Niezen, Lydia Qi (Priva), Wei Lingling (AgriGarden)
1 October - Future of Public Spaces: Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Michiel Roosjen (About Asia), Wang Zhenfei (HHDFUN)

  • Organizer: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands & Urban, Environment, Design (UED) Media
  • Time: 18:30 - 22:00
  • Venue: Event space A18 Fashion Echo, 751 D·PARK
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd
  • Seminars free of charge
  • Registration link: https://jinshuju.net/f/tQcZwV 

Dreams Need Air #DNA

The 4-year bachelor course Fashion Design of ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem has a long and illustrious history. Established in 1953 the department has continuously produced highly skilled and successful designers such as Li Edelkoort, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin’s head of menswear Lucas Ossendrijver, Iris van Herpen, and Sies Marjan’s Sander Lak, to name just a few.

Collectie Arnhem is a collective project in which third-year students collaborate to develop, design and present a cohesive collection. The project offers a laboratory-style environment where students research and explore diverse aspects of the process and the profession; questioning what fashion is and proposing what fashion can be.

Anna Anastazija Celic, Mette Zijlema and Raisa Kok (finalist International Youth Design Competition Beijing 2017) are three out of twenty, class of 2017. Each of them represent what the curriculum and main objectives of the department are about: highly talented fashion designers excelling in conceptual approach, individualism, craftsmanship, professionalism and determination.

The exhibition is curated by Lenn Cox.

  • Organizer: Department Fashion Design of ArtEZ University of the Arts & Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Time: 28 September – 6 October, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Venue: 751D·PARK // A19 Gearing Space 1st floor
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd 
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: http://arnhemfashiondesign.nl

Best Dutch Book Design

Dating back to 1926, the annual judging of the Dutch Best Verzorgde Boeken (Best Dutch Book Designs) is the oldest of its kind in Europe. Each year Dutch publishers, designers and printers submit over 300 books to be judged. The panel consists mostly of a publisher, two designers and a printer or binder, the fifth panel member being alternately a bookseller, a book historian, a museum curator or a writer on the subject.

The exhibition is designed by Studio Henny van Nistelrooy.

  • Organizer: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken & Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Time: 28 September – 6 October
  • Venue: 751D·PARK // A19 Gearing Space 2nd floor
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd 
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl

100 Years of De Stijl - Revisit and Reflection

In 2017, the Dutch ‘De Stijl’ movement is set to mark its 100th anniversary. Today, we are still affected by De Stijl in every turn of life. This exhibition, initiated by OBJEKT magazine, features art, furniture, architecture, fashion, installation, etc. Not only the original furniture products of Rietveld, like the Red and Blue chair, but also rich adaptations from local designers.

To connect the work of this ground breaking art movement with China the local creative community is joining forces. Gong He She Design Community, artists Zhao Gang, Liu Ye and Ding Yi, Beijing NEXT Architecture, Hans Fonk (founder of OBJEKT International) and CAFA students will exhibit their works inspired by De Stijl during this year’s Beijing Design Week.

LABEL/BREED at 751 Design Shop

LABEL/BREED is an initiative focused on the development of innovative interior objects by establishing collaborations between designers and manufacturers. During the Beijing Design Week the 751 Design Store will launch their collection for the Chinese market. In a large tank of 25m2 LABEL/BREED will present the philosophy of their label which tells a story of: cooperation between industry & designers, smart design, sustainability and re-use of material, circular products.

The collection shows the potential of the Dutch manufacturing industry and everything it has to offer. LABEL/BREED is looking for long-term connections with Chinese partners and will give a lecture at 751 Design District on September 27 about their label.

  • Organizer: LABEL/BREED
  • Time: 28 September – 25 October, 10:00 -18:00
  • Venue: 751Design Store, A18 Fashion Echo, 751 D·PARK
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd  
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.labelbreed.nl

The Best 50m2: An open discussion about our urban public space

In a world where a desk job is common, where we maintain relations mostly digitally, we purchase everything online, and decide whom to date by swiping left or right, the connection with the physical space can be questioned and desired. The use of physical space is becoming obsolete.

In an effort to demonstrate the importance of physical space, we search for ideas and answers to these questions. Dutch and Chinese creative industries develop ideas for the best 50 square meters’ public space in town. During Beijing Design Week, Dutch concept developers guide a group of workshop participants to literally develop 50 square meters for the public. We seek to encourage artistic thought while simultaneously nurturing a public space to interact with.

  • Organizer: About Asia
  • Date: 30 September – 6 October (workshop), 10:00 - 18:00 / 1 October (Seminar), 10:00 - 18:00
  • Venue: Public space outside A19 Gearing Space 751D·PARK
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd
  • All activities free of charge
  • More information: www.aboutasia.nl  

Eclipse rug collection

Studio HVN Eclipse rug design for TAN was inspired by solar and lunar eclipse. The design creates an eclipse of two rugs seemingly overlapping each other made in three different shapes and colors. Each piece is an eclipse in a different stage of being, representing from early losses to total eclipse. The collection together represents the gradual happening of one full eclipse.

Tan Carpet & Home is a luxury brand devoted to high-quality life. We design
 and produce the most exquisite rugs and carpets in the world. Tan Carpet & Home (China) was established in 2010, focusing on the perfect integration of artistic design and processing technologies of modern carpet.

Studio HVN founded in 2009 by Henny van Nistelrooy after received his Master degree in Design Products at the renowned Royal College of Art London. In 2012, mr. Van Nistelrooy moved Studio HVN to Beijing and teaches at Central Academy of Fine Arts.

  • Organizer: TAN Carpet & Home  -  Studio HVN
  • Date: 27 September - 6 October (Time 9:00 - 18:00)
  • Venue: 751Design Store, A18 Fashion Echo, 751 D·PARK
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd 
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.studiohvn.com


The project 'Innersmile' travels since 2007 to collect and eternalize smiles in porcelain from people all over the world. The purpose of this project is to investigate happiness.                                   

Imprints of a mouth are used, integrated in large installations or in small intimate works. The lips are silent, but full of sympathy. The inner smile anticipates the words. When passing by, you will recognize it and may be inspired by it.    

  • Organizer: The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen
  • Date: 01 October – 02 October, 11:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: 751 D•PARK, Train Square
  • Address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd 
  • Workshop price:  99 RMB
  • More information: http://bit.ly/2x6ScV3


GREAT WALLS is a project by SDC, a multi-platform design company founded by Wopke Schaafstal in Pinna. This project is an urban intervention. Building bridges by projecting on walls with a Tuk Tuk that delivers art. 

Public art enriches the lives of the citizens.  The walls of the city can be used as a canvas to show art in the public space.  The art that will be projected by this Tuk Tuk will be gathered through a competition. Artists are free to send in their work that is related to the term “AND”. How does “AND” inspire them, what are their associations with this concept? This Tuk Tuk will drive around the hutongs and deliver art in 751 and Dashilar during the BJDW 2017.

  • Organizer: Wopke Schaafstal in Pinna
  • Date: 27 September (751D·PARK) /20 September – 7 October (Dashilar), evening
  • Venue: 751D·PARK & Dashilar
  • Address: /
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.greatwallsbeijing.wordpress.com


Sigrid’s Secrets

Extra Graphic Design is most delighted to have famous Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon hold her first personal exhibition in China. Ms. Calon will bring her out of print work To The Extend of / \|& into Chinese public views.

In ms. Calon's visual practice, she bedims the boundary between fine and applied art. She has thus redefined the division of artistic categories in public perceptions. 

Ms. Calon's work reflects human who tries to find the nature of order within unpredictable and chaotic environment; with an urge of searching patterns. Her individual philosophy hides under the graphics. Her unique visual language breaks a new path for graphic design, it also gives a new direction for applied art.

  • Organizer: Extra Graphic Design
  • Date: 23 September – 06 October, 10:00 -18:00
  • Venue: Beijing Fun
  • Address: L2, Quan Ye Chang, Beijing Fun, Dashilar
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: http://weibo.com/graphique

Lava & Community

Since the Mobile Design Agency first wheeled the streets of Dashilar in 2013, Lava Beijing has delved into more neighbourhoods with its community projects. Whether designing new shopfront signs for bricked up businesses in Dongcheng, devising infographics from streetside material in Baitasi, touring the signature Mobile Design Agency sanlunche in Chengdu and Xiamen or creating fluid surveys in Wangjing with Next City, Lava Beijing has shown how engagement can counter resignation in a changing city. 

  • Organizer: Lava Beijing
  • Date: 25 September – 5 October, 10:00 -18:00
  • Venue: Yanshou Jie, Dashilar
  • Address: 47 Yanshou Jie, Xicheng District
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.lavabeijing.com


The NODE // Multimodal city

THE NODE // multimodal city is a large, highly complex 3D printed model that exists in a place of architectural hyperbole, interrogating a future that will evolve around nodes of hyper density and maximum mobility.

Crossroads have always been the heart of urban life. From the footbridge to central station, urban vibrancy coalesces around the places through which we move. The NODE examines how the scale of Chinese infrastructural projects might be maintained while their footprints are reduced.

As a work of critical design, we seek to test the functions and aesthetics of network density where human space emerges from infrastructural monuments. The NODE aims to understand the power of immense intersections, and how vibrant urban life can be built out of concrete and steel monoliths.

  • Organizer: MARS Architects / Dynamic City Foundation
  • Date: 22 September - 6 March, 10:00 -18:00   
  • Venue: Hyundai Motor Studio
  • Address: 798, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: http://m-a-r-s.asia/

The Grey Area

1.1 Gallery presents the work of Dutch jewelry designers whose work is best positioned between disciplines. Artists who will be exhibited will be: Noon Passama, Lucy Sarneel, Ruudt Peters. 1.1 Gallery is dedicated in promoting and showcasing the richness and diversity of art jewelry. Through this space we represent the revolutionaries; artist who break the mold instead of fitting it.

  • Organizer: 1.1 Gallery
  • Date: 28 September - 6 October, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: 1.1 Gallery
  • Address: 798, D06-2 Zhongyi Street
  • Exhibition free of charge
  • More information: www.mistova.com


A shared courtyard in a shared city

The designs proposals exhibited in this exhibition were the starting point for an urban regeneration model; sharing the city. The exhibition consists of two parts; an exhibition of student work from international master students from Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture, and, secondly, an inhabitable installation to facilitate the activities of the local community, based on the students work from the 'Sharing Cities' studio.

The 'Sharing Cities' studio aims to provide solutions to emerging concept of sharing, and responds to the idea of public space sharing and sustainable urban development from social, economic and humanitarian perspectives.

The results of the work will first be shown during Beijing Design Week 2017 on location of the studio’s site.

  • Organizer: Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
  • Date: 22 September - 08 October, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: Historic Courtyard House no. 31
  • Address: White Pagoda Temple, QianChaoShou hutong no. 31
  • Exhibition free of charge

Other locations

Abstraction to Earth: Art and Design in your life 
(Lecture & Exhibition)

KWM artcenter is presenting the exhibition 'Huanzhong- Nature follows Abstraction', 14 both intergenerational and international artists are invited to participate.

The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles and ceramics. These works demonstrate how the look of abstraction easily crosses mediums. It asks one to acknowledge how visually, abstraction has been so readily absorbed into daily life and yet still has the ability to surprise and shock people’s preconceptions of what can be considered art.

Two exhibition artists Henny Van Nistelrooy (Designer), Liu Shuang (Artist) and Editing Director of AD magazine will join the forum on 23 September, to discuss how the abstraction of art is involved in daily life.

  • Organizer: KWM art center , AD Magazine, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Date: 3 August – 12 October (Exhibition) /  23 September, 15:00-16:30 (Lecture)
  • Venue: KWM art center
  • Address: 201, Tower East, World Financial Center, No.1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu
  • Exhibition & lecture free of charge
  • More information: http://kwmartcenter.com/2017/07/31/huan-zhong-nature-follows-abstraction/

Connecting through making

In this presentation by Martijn van Boven, Head Of Interaction Design at ArtEZ School Of The Arts ( Arnhem, The Netherlands), will look at the ubiquitous field of Interaction Design and its ever changing nature. By presenting work from students and its teachers from its department, Van Boven will look at how concepts, (digital) technologies and the critical approach towards the design of interaction has evolved. As well he will give a brief overview of the artistic history of computational design and some future projections.

  • Organizer: School of City Design, CAFA
  • Date: 23 September, 15:00 - 16:30
  • Venue: School of City Design, CAFA
  • Address: School of City Design, CAFA
  • Lecture free of charge