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Belgium is Design

Published in Member News
1 August 2012


Perspectives at Milan Design Week

Design Flanders participated in Milan Design Week, one of the key events in the global design calendar, for many years, but never as successfully as in 2012. As members will know, a good presentation in an attractive location can make a designer’s career.

In previous years, designers from the three Belgian regions were represented separately on a map of the event, and this worked quite well. In 2011 and 2012, though, the regions joined forces to create a joint presentation. To raise the profile even more, this year’s Belgium is Design was shown in the Triennale de Milano – one of the two main locations for Milan Design Week.

Kris Peeters , Minister-President of Flanders , visited Belgium is Design – Perspectives and attended a dinner on Monday 16 April with forty five journalists, designers and design companies present. On Tuesday 17 April he opened the exhibition and visited some Flemish design companies. One of the main aims of his visit was to support Flemish entrepreneurship and to draw attention to Flemish design, and due to the excellent press coverage, many of the participating designers and companies have received more press interest.

The organisers were Design Flanders, Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode and the Brussels Centre of Fashion and Design. Belgium is Design is also supported by the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels export promoting organizations: Flanders Investment & Trade, AWEX and Brussels Invest & Export.

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In 2010 the Estonian Association of Designers brought together European designers (including the Cité du Design), Tallinn city officials, the Chamber of Estonian Disabled People, lecturers and students from Estonian and French design schools, to create concepts for a single vision: Tallinn for All.

This fell under the heading of the “Design for All” movement, which aims to create more accessible and functional cities in a measureable, solution-oriented way.

The results were clearly defined design solutions, which made their debut during the European Innovation Festival and Design Night in 2011. An exhibition was also created for Helsinki as part of its Design Capital 2012 programme.

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During the Cumulus conference in the World Design Capital, Helsinki, in May 2012, Deborah Dawton, President of BEDA, and Christian Guellerin, President of Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), signed a protocol to commit to BEDA and Cumulus working together.

Both organisations operate in the field of design, but BEDA now focusses purely on professional and promotional organisations, whilst Cumulus is focused on academic institutions. The two organisations therefore complement one another very well.

The aim of the protocol is to facilitate information exchange between professionals and educators, to assist with potential joint activities, and to tell regional, national, European and worldwide institutions that the design community is united and ready to work together at every level.

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BEDA members deliver European Design Innovation Initiative projects
Design Wales, the Cité du Design and Barcelona Design Centre are leading projects as part of the first action plan of the European Commission’s European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII), which aims to embed design for user-centred innovation in government policies and company strategies across the European Union.

‘IDeALL , Integrating  Design for All in Living Labs’
is a two year project  led by the Cité du Design, involving BEDA members the Slovak Design Centre and Latvia’s Design Information Centre. It connects two user-centred communities – Living Labs and Design for All professionals – to support them in building their public policy and to increase companies’ competitiveness.  
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Design Wales is leading a network of 11 partners (including four BEDA members) in a project called the ‘SEE Platform’, which examines the role of design in innovation policy across Europe. Through new research, workshops for policy-makers and programme managers, case studies, policy recommendations and the annual Design Policy Monitor, SEE aims to build a bank of evidence to support public authorities to integrate design into their mainstream practice.
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Led by Barcelona Design Centre, with partners including BEDA members Design Austria and the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, the ‘€Design – Measuring Design Value’ project will formulate a conceptual framework to make design measurable, so that data can be collected to demonstrate its value at a macro-economic level. This in turn will create evidence for establishing design as an economic factor of innovation and production (value creation).
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The fourth project to receive funding is DeEP (Design in European Policies), which is led by the Politecnico di Milano. It aims to create an understanding of the impact of design innovation policies both at macro (regional, national, European) and micro (specific initiative, company) levels.

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Dutch Creative Industries

Published in Member News
9 July 2012


Federation of Dutch Creative Industries (FDCI) 

Towards the end of 2009, BNO took the initiative to establish the Federation of Dutch Creative Industries: a collaborative framework spanning eight trade and professional associations, representing the entire field of Dutch creative industries. Members of the federation are: architects, interior architects, fashion designers, game designers, photographers, advertisement designers, and full-service Internet agencies. The Federation was established to actively promote the interests of the organised segment of the commercial creative industry.

Through the eight member organisations, the Federation now represents over 6000 individual members and 2500 creative enterprises, which jointly contribute more than €11 billion to the gross national product.The Federation of Dutch Creative Industries is the connecting link between the member representatives of the creative sub-sectors.

The Federation also acts as discussion partner for the government, sectorial organisations and ventures, implementing agencies, educational institutes and the business community, whenever relevant to or required by the sector’s interests.

The creative industry plays a key part in building a sustainable and innovative society in the Netherlands. With its advanced creative industry, educational sector and open society, the Netherlands is well positioned to achieve a solid head start. The Dutch government sets great store by an effectively operating creative industry, and it expects the industry to contribute substantially to the innovative capacity of the Dutch economy. The government has therefore adopted a large number of the Federation’s action points. One of the priorities is to establish a ‘Creative Council’, as an independent advisory body. The Council will not only be tasked with coordinating the agenda for the creative industry but will also provide for a clear and transparent infrastructure.

The Federation advocates creating more room for newer forms of innovation, for example through crowdsourcing and crowd funding, and knowledge development through cooperative frameworks (innovation cooperation). To boost the competitive power of creative companies also requires a greater understanding of the sector itself, which in turn demands further research.

The Dutch creative industry has always been well organised. The establishment of the Federation of Creative Industries takes this a significant step further. Throughout Europe, the organisation of the Dutch creative industry is often held up as an example. The Federation will intensify its contacts with the European Commission in order to better utilise the opportunities available there, and in doing so it counts on the support of the Dutch government.


Hands that Draw the Future: Ornamo 100 Years jubilee exhibition, 16 June – 5 August 2012

Designers have always designed the future, giving shape to something that did not exist before. Every design seeks to be a step towards a better world – happier, more beautiful, intelligent, and just. The Hands that Draw the Future exhibition tells the story of design from modernism to the future, through objects selected by designers and users. From the design objects of the past hundred years, design professionals have chosen gems of Finnish design that hold a personal meaning for them - familiar as well as unexpected objects and concepts that have revolutionised the life of designers or their way of thinking: ao. Pelago bicycles (Timo & Mikko Hyppönen), Kasaa cardboard shelf (Järvi+Ruoho), OK Do (Anni Puolakka & Jenna Sutela), Pikkujakkala stool (Pekka Harni), Savoy tableware (Karin Widnäs), Daniel Palillo, Ilona Rista, Saara Lepokorpi…

With the Hands that Draw the Future exhibition, Ornamo - the Finnish Association of Designers, celebrates its first centenary. Ornamo is the second oldest design organisation in the world, with members working in industrial, textile, fashion and furniture design, interior architecture as well as art and crafts.

The exhibition was part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
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Invitation for the Design Days in Brussels on 6-7 and 8 June 2012 in Brussels

Vleva  & Design Flanders organise Design Days 2012 in co-operation with ERRIN and the Regions Central Denmark and the Helsinki EU Office.

The plenary meeting of the 7th of  June 2012 will take place in room  ”De Schelp” of the Flemish Parlement.


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4_HelsinkiCitiesOn 24 May 2012, the new Helsinki Music Centre hosted the Cities for All Helsinki Conference, the annual conference of EIDD – Design for All Europe, which this year took place within the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme, and attracted participants from all over Europe.


Cities for All Helsinki Conference and Exhibition 24 May 2012 

Accessibility is a matter of design. The international expert conference provides an opportunity for the distribution and dissemination of examples related to the subject, as well as high-level information. The aim of the conference is to show how the Design for All method can offer concrete solutions to global challenges, such as ageing populations and sustainable development.

The conference creates a comprehensive Design for All experience, as well as provides latest information, inspiration and enthusiasm in the fields of freedom from barriers and accessibility. The event itself forms a pilot example of a conference executed with easy access for all.

The Cities for All Helsinki conference is organised in conjunction with the General Assembly meeting of the Design for All Europe EIDD organisation. The conference will also be accompanied by an exhibition of invited designers of Finnish solutions. The exhibition is designed with a view to an international tour.

The conference is intended for construction industry professionals, municipal and private sector building contractors, city and company executives, as well as developers and students.

When: 24 May 2012
Where: Helsinki Music Centre 
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Cities for All Helsinki 2012 CALL FOR EXHIBITORS
Cities for All Helsinki Exhibition is seeking a selection of the most interesting Design for All solutions in the areas of built environment, product design and service design.

Please send your proposals no later than 30th November 2011 to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Accepted proposals to the exhibition will cost € 2000/ case.

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Norway's Design Day 2012

Published in Conferences
18 April 2012


Design Day 2012

Mark the date 18th April 2012! This is when we open the doors to our national Design Day - Norway's largest network arena for the business and design community.

The Design Day is Norway's main event focusing on design in a business perspective. It will be a full day (and night) with international speakers and a highlight on Norwegian design projects receiving the Award for Design Excellence. This is The Day for inspiration, celebration and networking.

Program and registration will be published in January 2012. The event will mainly be in Norwegian, partly in English.

When: 18 April 2012
Time: 11.00am - 1am
Where: DogA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, Hausmanns gt 16 in Oslo 
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Contact BEDA  Koloniënstraat 56, 1000 Brussels (Belgium) t. (+32) 2 217 39 77  f. (+32) 2 217 99 72
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