Yesterday I went to the annual, and 4th design festival ‘Designkwartier‘ (translation: design quarter) in The Hague’s lively quarter the ‘zeeheldenbuurt’. This annual event lasts 3 days, from 19-21 May, so there’s still one more day to go. The quarter ‘zeeheldenbuurt’ is transformed into a design quarter with over hundred inspiring expositions, pop-up shops, galleries, open houses, workshops and other activities. Novel talent and renowned designers showcase new and popular home decor designs. Designs for daily use as well as inventive objects that are food for thought lure you to follow a special walking route through the quarter. The designers are on location to tell the story behind their products. See something you like? You can buy it on the spot!
The route is a walking route and centers around five streets, with a few exceptions: Prins Hendrikstraat, Piet Heinstraat, Zoutmanstraat, Anna Paulownastraat, and Noordeinde. Besides the design shops and expos, adjacent restaurants and bars are also joining the fun with special offers, and live music. The complete program and route can be found on their website. Here are some of my personal favourites on the design route:
WOTH – Van Galenstraat 34
Editorial home and office of magazine WOTH is transformed into a design ware house.
Vrienden – Zoutmanstraat 43
A new Dutch furniture brand has taken over a real townhouse livingroom in the Zoutmanstraat.
Yurtstore – Zoutmanstraat 43 A
I love this store where contemporary design meets Turkish influences and -design, like e.g. the gorgeous hammam towel below. In the garden you can indulge in an authentic Turkish lunch.
Siba Sahabi – Zoutmansstraat 43 A
The felt Blue Alchemy vases by Siba are a reinterpretation of Egyptian blue and pottery baking
Ogreen – Noordeinde 113
Ogreen asked young photography talents to give their perspective of plants through the lens. This resulted in a myriad of different photos. The exposition is definitely worth visiting.
Studio Bert Spolders – corner Prins Hendrikstraat/Van Diemenstraat 132
LED lights enabled Bert Spolders to create his Sky Diamonds collection; lamps of ultralight paper and super fine electricity wires. The paper design lamps in combination with LED lights create an airy and whimsical effect, almost like little clouds.
The Fine Store – Piet Heinstraat 64
Design store The Fine Store is one of my favourite stores in the quarter Zeeheldenbuurt and part of the route as well.
MAS pop-up store – Piet Heinstraat