Below you can find the complete Design District lecture program. All lectures, workshops and discussions take place in the lecture hall at Design District 2018 and are free to attend. The entrance to the lecture room is in the middle of the exhibition floor, close to the large toilet area. The space can only be reached by stairs. All program components are in Dutch, unless stated otherwise.
In addition, you can go to FLokk Design Center in the city center of Rotterdam. Every day before the opening of Design District you can join lectures by Richard Hutten, Ineke Hans or Andrea Ruggiero. More information can be found at the Off Site program.
Wednesday, June 6
11.30 – 12.30 hrs ‘Color Navigator System’ by Bart van Tigchelt, Powered by NIA Academy
Get acquainted with the Color Navigation System: the first intelligent color system based on the DNA of a color, its properties and how our eyes and brains perceive color and translate. Understanding color, communicating and working with color becomes more professional.
13.00 – 14.00 hrs ‘Creativity, culture and health’ by Kitty de Groot, Powered by Inside Information magazine
Creativity, culture and health are becoming more important in a world that is becoming more unstable, uncertain and unpredictable. A continuous stream of changes, far-reaching digitization and a progressive knowledge economy, require innovation, vitality, well-being, strong social cohesion and interaction. Kitty de Groot (interior strategist, journalist and author) tells you how you stimulate creativity, culture and health with a good interior concept.
14.30 – 15.30 hrs ‘Northerlight meets colors in Swedish contemporary interiors’ by Björn Dahlström
This lecture is in English!
Northerlight and clarity are the classic clichés of Swedish interior architecture, but nowadays a new use of color and saturation influences interior design in Sweden. Styles are vividly mixed and matched, the light also offers opportunities for more saturated and colorful tendencies. This is applied throughout the spectrum of Swedish interior projects, from the renovation of the National Museum of Art in Stockholm to small-scale projects such as trendy restaurants.
Thursday, June 7
11.30 – 13.00 hrs ‘Developing a sustainable working environment’ Powered by the Architect
The central question during the session is whether it is possible to develop a sustainable work environment in a rapidly changing society. The panel members each give their vision for about 10 minutes, followed by a discussion led by Harm Tilman, editor in chief of the Architect. The panel consists of Teo Krijgsman (photographer), Chris Pachen (N-Interior architects), Susanne Colenberg (Center for People and Buildings), Mark Graafland (Bureau Kroner) and Hans Bloemendaal (Rohde & Grahl).
13.30 – 17.00 hrs knowledge day #2 ’50 years of interior architecture and heritage’
3 lectures on interior and heritage and 50 years of interior architecture. O.a. with Ilja Meijer, researcher and author of the coming bni special.
Friday, June 8
Facility Management Nederland will organize a program with a ‘Special Tour’ and 5 lectures for members and non-members on Friday 8 June from 11.15 am.
The ‘Special Tour’ starts 11.15 | 12.15 | 13.15 | 14.15 | 15.15 | 16.15 hrs from the meeting point in the middle of the Design District exhibition floor. The tour goes through 6 specially selected participants. Maximum 20 participants per tour.
Below the FMN lecture program:
11.15 – 12.00 hrs Facilities and Management ‘Partners’
How housing and facilities should connect to the primary process, and what role Purchasing, ICT, HRM and Communication play.
12.00 – 12.45 hrs Well-being ‘Whatthewell’
How health, well-being & productivity in offices are linked together. Healthy buildings, healthy people.
14.30 – 15.15 hrs FMN / NFC Index ‘Value figure’
FMN / NFC Index publishes annual figures for facility costs for the offices sectors (per m²) and education (per student and m²). A presentation and discussion about the numbers of 2017.
15.15 – 16.00 hrs Real estate as a service
Real estate and housing remain areas with many different interests and different financing flows. At the same time, tenants want more care. Will the future be ‘Real estate as a Service’ or which other model will be introduced?
16.00 – 16.45 hrs Working environment ‘Nudging’
How behavior influencing plays a role (consciously/unconsciously) in the choice of architecture and design of the working environment and the layout. How small things can bring about a big change. A presentation and work session.
Various locations in Rotterdam will open doors for Design District visitors 6 – 7 – 8 June. On the Van Nelle site you can visit the showrooms of Wilkhahn and Tunaofis. Just outside the premises of the factory you can take a look at Secoff.
Wednesday 6 June 9:30 am – 11:00 am ‘Eat Design for breakfast’ powered by Offecct with Richard Hutten
Thursday 7 June 9.30 am – 11.00 am ‘Eat Design for breakfast’ powered by Offecct with Ineke Hans
Friday 8 June 9:30 am – 11:00 am ‘Eat Design for breakfast’ powered by Offecct with Andrea Ruggiero
Visit the Tearoom for a phenomenal view of Rotterdam
It is quite a climb, 9 floors up, but then you see the most beautiful part of the Van Nelle Factory, the Tearoom. The Tearoom is the glass dome on the roof top. The former management of Van Nelle had this Tearoom built in the past to impress guests with the great view. And that view is of course still there! You can see the impressive skyline of Rotterdam and in clear weather you can even see The Hague. But not only that; You will also find the presentation of Lande and Interstuhl!
Free guided tours with Van Nelle guide
The unique Van Nelle Factory from 1931 is the monument of Dutch modernism. World famous for the progressive design that gave air, light and space a new meaning in architecture. In 2014, UNESCO completed the international recognition of this exceptional building by granting World Heritage status. During Design District you can walk through and around the factory with experienced Van Nelle guide, and learn why this design is of international significance.
Daily at 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00 hrs. Maximum 20 people per tour. Starting point at the coffee corner just after the entrance of Design District.
In addition to the well-known names of manufacturers, there are 20 starting and/ or self-producing designers on the Designer District. We are very proud of the list of names this year, and we expect a lot from the special presentation in the old distribution center. Make sure you do not miss this part!
Students Willem de Kooning and HMC
For the second year in a row, the Product Design students from the Willem de Kooning Academy are present. The works of both first-year students and recent alumni can be seen in the long hall towards the Distribution Center. Traditionally, you will also find talented students from the HMC college. This year they are in Hall 2.
There is a beautiful garden at Design District, where you can relax in or in front of the panorama tent of Studioworks, furnished with the furniture of Lonc and ByOtten Outdoor. With a nice sun and a view of the monumental factory, it is good to stay here!
Good food and drinks
In every hall at Design District you will find a bar and terrace where you can go for good coffee, some fresh or drinks, soup, sandwiches, cake or something else. When the weather is really good, a bar opens outside.