October 6, 2014

Dutch Design Week:Graduation 2014Sense Nonsense

Design Academy Eindhoven
Left: Gerard Jasperse, On Sea and Land, 2014. Photo: Lisa Klappe. Courtesy of Design Academy Eindhoven. Right: Thomas de Wolf, Fish on Wheels, 2014. Courtesy of Studio Diip.

Graduation 2014
White Lady building
Emmasingel 14
Hours: Saturday October 18, 13–18h;
October 19–October 22, 11–18h;
October 23–October 25, 11–20h;
Sunday October 26, 11–18h

During this year’s Dutch Design Week, from 18 to 26 October, Design Academy Eindhoven is presenting all graduation work in the White Lady building in Eindhoven.

This year’s graduates reach into multidisciplinary terrain with a host of politically and socially engaged projects. “The work is a bold vision of how design—after its era of pause and reflection—can grapple with some of the biggest issues facing individuals and society today,” says artistic director Thomas Widdershoven. Widdershoven together with Jan Konings curated the exhibition.


Sense Nonsense
Van Abbemuseum
Hours during DDW: October 18–26, 11–18h
(except for October 19, when the museum will close at 17h);
October 20–25 the museum remains open 19–23h
with dinner between 19h and 21h, exhibition open until 22h

When Thomas Widdershoven and Jan Konings traipsed through the graduation projects of 2014 they landed inside the imaginations of a new generation of designers. There they sensed a tension between the critical pressure to be practical and the imaginative need to be magical. Out of this, Sense Nonsense was born—an exhibition inspired by the work of the graduates and extended to include both Dutch and international designers, artists, scientists and engineers whose work acts and reacts to this tension between sense and nonsense. Sense Nonsense can be seen during Dutch Design Week at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and includes work by current and former Design Academy Eindhoven graduates, and its networks.

“No Nonsense” evening program
Van Abbemuseum presents a special “No Nonsense” evening program every day from Monday, October 20, until Saturday, October 25. Visitors can join for a designed dinner by Annelies Hermsen from 19h, and, until 23h, lectures, tours and live music performances are scheduled. The exhibition Sense Nonsense will also be open at night; tours will be given every half hour.

Check the website for updates.

Now Future Passe-partout tickets are your entrance to Klokgebouw, Dutch Design Awards exhibition, Designhuis, Design Academy Eindhoven and Van Abbemuseum. Information on price and how to buy is available on

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