Eindhoven is a university city where Design Academy Eindhoven, the best school in design, is located, making the city the design capital of the Netherlands. Every year, Eindhoven plays home to Dutch Design Week. Being peaceful and serene during the year, Eindhoven hosts crowds during the design week. Eindhoven is also synonymous with Philips. Factories of Phillips have been in this city for years, making the largest contribution to the urban economy. The brand has now removed its plants from the city, within the framework of urban transformation. The remaining industrial area, however, now is home to young Hollander designers during both the design week and the year. This year I paid a three-day visit to Eindhoven as an invitee of Dutch DFA Istanbul Desk. Click here to read my notes on Dutch Design Week. My notes on the city and the attractions are as follows:
(Smalle Haven 2-14)
Offering retro and modern designer’s furniture during daytime, Smalle Haven turns into an elegant, chilled restaurant at nights. The dim light of the illumination products on sale nicely accompany various meals sprinkled on the large, wooden tables, while you’re feeling like you’re having a family gathering. The warm ambience will compliment your stomach and eye, thanks to the delicacies of the food served and the designs offered.
Designhuis is a medium-scaled gallery/exhibition space lying just next to the Eindhoven Municipality Building. When I was in the city, it showcased an interesting exhibition on culinary cultures. The venue is home to a beautiful setting and exquisite exhibitions. Don’t hesitate to spend a few hours there. http://designhuis.nl
(Halvemaanstraat 30) http://www.pietheineek.nl
Housing his design, manufacturing and showroom along with ample exhibition spaces as well as other artist ateliers, a shop and a restaurant, this giant studio is a design treasure by famed Dutch designer Piet Hein Eeek. There, you can see how the studio contains design, production and exhibition spaces together, and how the post processes such as sales, marketing and distribution affect the brands and products. You can also find the products of various designers’ brands. This must-see complex is located in Strijp, which formerly stocked Phillips factories and now has become a byword for design, upon their removal from Eindhoven and allocation of the remaining ateliers to designers. It will widen your horizon.
This is among the most interesting cafes I have seen in my life, let alone Eindhoven. I guess it is also a factory turned venue because it is in Strijp. The high ceilings and brick walls also strengthened my guess. Using a giant dough machine as a vase, this interesting café serves sandwiches during lunch. Order your sandwich of choice and a drink with it. After eating, I’d also recommend you to indulge yourself on the greenery with a glass of wine under the sun. Check out the schedule of Ketelhuis which hosts film screenings, live performances and DJ parties: http://www.ketelhuis.nl
AREA 51 SKATE PARK
Also, have a look at Area 51 Skate Park just behind Ketelhuis. It’s like a heaven. If I had grown up there, I would have probably been a skater. If you visit Eindhoven during the Design Week, grab the daily Design Week paper available in any cafe, museum and exhibition area, to find out what the daily schedule offers. Not only exhibitions, but also concerts, dialogues and many other events, as well as special store campaigns for the Design Week will cheer you up.
A former industrial quarter, Strijp is also home to this high-ceiling, brightened café. Carpets, tables, illumination and even fridges inside are designer products. No matter how attractive the décor is, Eindoven locals rush outside, when the sun comes up, to sip their coffees on the benches outside. Drop by the café to experience vibrant exteriors and interiors.
This is a small café just in the heart of Strijp. Outside of the café is packed under the sun, with youngsters hanging around. Coffees are not bad, but it might be another destination for you.
(Lichttoren 6 (Emmasingel))
Just located next to my hotel (Art Hotel), Usine amazed me every time I went outside. I felt so happy when I heard our last dinner destination in Eindhoven would be Usine. Factory-turned Usine in exquisite decors would be an antidote to my disappointment the night before at French restaurant Wiesen, where the service didn’t even compliment the eye, and the meals, which didn’t satisfy us at all, were in plates looking as if they were prepared by a drunk, surrealist painter. (You can add Wiesen in your list of don’ts.) Having been to Usine with a large group, we were served a bit late. However, beginners, wine, main dishes and desserts were delicious. The restaurant appeals to both the eye and the palate. Also, the patisserie section inside is mind-blowing.
Eindhoven is a university city where Design Academy Eindhoven, the best school in design, is located, making the city the design capital of the Netherlands. Every year, Eindhoven plays...