ReUse, ReTouch, ReDutch

- Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Royal Netherlands Embassy and Yksi Design will host a pop-up exhibition showcasing more than 50 examples of sustainable and social Dutch Design. The Netherlands Embassy and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines invite the public to a pop-up exhibition at the embassy on December 14 that showcases sustainable Dutch Design.

Whether it’s a groundbreaking approach to protect the land from flooding or developing innovative products for the future, the Netherlands is known for its pragmatic yet innovative approach to design. The pop-up exhibition “ReUse, ReTouch, ReDutch” will feature more than 50 examples of sustainable and social Dutch Design that can be seen in everyday life.

The exhibition includes the work of globally known Dutch designers who turn discarded old materials into something completely new. Come take a look at Piet Hein Eek’s famous scrapwood designs or the chairs made from old rags designed by Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen. The exhibition also features hats made out of human hair, baskets out of used flip-flops, and 3D-printed chairs from used refrigerators.

Sustainable Dutch design is also about finding new ways to tackle some of today’s most salient ecological challenges. The alarm clock Marieke Stap designed uses the power in our soil to function. Dopper is an alternative to plastic bottles, helping to put a stop to plastic waste threatening the world’s ecosystem. In a time of increasingly extreme weather, the Senz umbrella is designed in such a way that it can withstand 100 km/h winds.

Each of these designs are examples of how the innovative spirit in the Netherlands can improve the lives of people around the world by incorporating sustainability in the products they use daily. The pop-up exhibition is designed by Yksi Design, one of the founding organizations behind the Dutch Design Week.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Netherlands Embassy, 4200 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Check out the event on Facebook, and invite your friends.