World Design Embassies deploys the power of design in the development of new perspectives and concrete directions to societal challenges. In open coalitions, we work with partners and designers on the future. WDE is a programme of Dutch Design Foundation.

Ketelhuisplein - credits: Max Kneefel
De Toekomst van Nederland (v.l.n.r. Nicky Liebregts, Francesco Veenstra, Mirthe Frese, Floris Alkemade, Jan Rotmans) - credits:


World Design Embassies is a programme and platform that would not exist without its partners. Together, the partners make up the embassy: they present the topics and issues to be addressed, offer knowledge and expertise, show their own or joint practical examples and co-develop the programme. Embassies also connect networks and link designers to the issues. The result is the creation or design of new, appealing and—most importantly—innovative solutions, or the embassy is the impulse for long-term collaborative research. During Dutch Design Week the programme connects future makers, designers and thinkers so they can shape the future together.

Dutch Design Week

World Design Embassies is a year-round programme that we shape together with partners and stakeholders. The programme culminates during Dutch Design Week (21 October – 29 October 2023). This is where the Embassy will take physical form and where vision, knowledge and insights will be shared. We do this in two ways: in the form of exhibitions and a programme of lectures, discussions, debates and workshops.

Dutch Design Foundation

Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes that the problem-solving capacity of designers can improve the world. That’s why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. But how do we do that?

We do this in a variety of ways. By means of large and small events, exhibitions, talks, prizes and debates, DDF provides a platform for the best and most promising designers. In this way, we help them to spread their ideas and work. The foundation organises events and projects such as WDE and DDW. The foundation facilitates the platform and is also a partner in the embassies. WDE is made possible by a contribution by Regio Deal Brainport Eindhoven.


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