Featuring almost 200 works by over 60 this exhibition is the first overview of the generation that came of age during the credit crunch. Guest curator Jeroen Junte: “The engagement and open-mindedness of these young designers is remarkable. They think in terms of opportunities and solutions rather than problems and obstacles.”

SPRING – FaLL 2016

Jeroen Junte

Exhibition design


NEXT UP is the world’s first exhibition presenting the entire spectrum of post-crisis design. This new generation of designers elaborates on the inquisitive, critical attitude of Dutch design, while at the same time striving to contribute positively to social issues. These engaged designers don’t just ask questions, they also look for answers. They deploy instinct and intuition just as much as conceptual exploration and a critical attitude. They are both thinkers and doers.



Junte is a freelance design journalist, curator, moderator and event organiser. He is a regular contributor to the Dutch daily De Volkskrant, the international magazine Frame and monthlies such as Elle Decor and Architectuur NL. In addition, he has written books about design such as the Design Nederland Must See travel guide, the compendium Think Dutch. Conceptual Architecture and Design in the Netherlands and the bilingual edition Hands on: Dutch design in de 21ste eeuw (in the 21st century.) Since 2012 Junte has been organizing the live magazine Design Matters every two months at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, featuring interviews, presentations, debates, spoken columns and lectures by a variety of guests.


Guest curator Jeroen Junte on NEXT UP: “Yes, of course, contemporary young designers came of age during the crisis. Raw materials are running out, energy is becoming scarce and globalization is making new, small-scale production essential. That requires engagement and resoluteness. And, no, they are not disheartened. They are enterprising and have no trouble switching between industrial and independent production. They are pragmatists and are oblivious to existing boundaries that compartmentalize art, design, science and even the service industries. They plot their own course, and their course is in ascendance. They are next up!”

NEXT UP is divided into nine crucial themes that characterise not only the NEXT UP generation but the entire contemporary field of design: functional concepts (storytelling), 3D printing and open design (Do It Ourselves), pure materials and shapes (Making More From Less), biodesign and sustainability (Beyond Green), advancing digitization (Dematerialize), making technology accessible (Slow Tech), social interaction as a product (At Your Service), innovations in recycling (Upcycling Recycling) and small-scale, process-driven production (Perfect Imperfection).


FEATURING: Rogier Arents & Bin Yu, Marjan van Aubel, Steven Banken, Merel Bekking, Daniel de Bruin, Collectie Veenhuizen, Lilian van Daal, Daphna Laurens, David Derksen, Teresa van Dongen, Govert Flint, Allix Gallet, Gionata Gatto & Mike Thompson, Dave Hakkens, Handmade Industrials, Paul Heijnen, Nienke Hoogvliet, Jesse Howard, Manon van Hoeckel, Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen, Jesse Kirschner, Nynke Koster, Dirk vander Kooij, Aliki van der Kruijs, Lemz, Sam Linders, Jelle Mastenbroek, Roos Meerman, Arnout Meijer, Studio Minale Maeda, Isaac Monté, Bastiaan de Nennie, Dirk Osinga & Lotte de Raadt, Pink Pony Express, Nienke van de Pol, Simone Post, Lex Pott, Studio rENs & Desso, Chloé Rutzerveld, Sheltersuit, Stone Cycling, StudioStudio, Emilie van Spronsen, Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, The Incredible Machine, Unaware Objects, Sander Wassink, Jólan van der Wiel