The group exhibition at The Olympia Room by Dutch curator David Heldt showcased work from Dutch design studios, among others, Margaret van Bekkum, Marc de Groot, Jacqueline Harberink, Alex Groot Jebbink and Jesse Visser.
Quality is not only to be found in the presented objects but also in the gallery-like presentation that transcends the volatile and busy trade floors of today’s international design fairs.
The first edition in 2016 took place in a time-capsule: inside the untouched 18th-century Georgian merchant house in Spitalfields; in 2017 Enlightened Design took place in an equally cinematographic and untouched location: the crypt of St Pancras Parish Church. This year’s decision for the original Victorian reception rooms with its original murals at the famous Olympia was in line with preference of historic London venues, and at the same time in better visitors reach.Enlightened Design is an exhibition organised by Connecting the Dots that publishes and presents Dutch designers and design culture on an international stage during key design events. Founded in 2009, Connecting the Dots has so far been active in Amsterdam, Cologne, Eindhoven, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Turin.