MUNICIPALITY OF MAASTRICHT _ Alderman Mieke Damsma announced during Designday’s anniversary edition in 2015 that the municipality of Maastricht will initiate the annual design award ‘Made for Maastricht’ in order to advance the creative industries of Maastricht. Maastricht mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake announced its first winners on the opening night of the next edition of Designday in 2016. The city of Maastricht has also introduced a new design label in the spring of 2015: ‘Made in Maastricht’. This label is launched to stimulate a more favourable economic climate for local designers and creators. A three-man committee is responsible for the selection of the designers. Designday is closely involved with these developments.

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ELISABETH STROUVEN _ The Elisabeth Strouven Fund has furnished its new Maastricht office at the Abtstraat with designs of Maastricht makers in the spring of 2016. The Fund has purchased several designs, but has also adopted designs in an ongoing sales exhibition. A rotation model has been set up for this. Hester Coolen, main initiator of Designday, has the role of curator in this project.

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BIJENKORF MAASTRICHT _ For our 10th edition in 2015, Bijenkorf Maastricht decorated its windows with designs from our participants for the first time. This collaboration continued later that year with an interactive series of presentations called ‘designer@work’. In these presentations, selected designers are at work amongst the shopping crowd. These series are now recurring every three months.

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MAMDT (Maastricht Academy of Media Design & Technology) _ Designday challenged students of the academy to develop a marketing strategy for the event, targeting people aged 25-30. This assignment was part of a minor in which students from four different education programs collaborated. The goal of this project is to enlarge the interest for design of the target audience and to emphasize its underlying values.

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MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY (UM) _ In collaboration with students of the School of Business and Economis, Designday drafted a market research project in order to define the profile of Designday’s visitors. Desigday uses these results to better attend to its publics needs.

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MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design) _ MAFAD is one of Designday’s main partners. Students get the opportunity to contribute to projects and exhibit their work at Designday. MAFAD also acts as a consultation partner in the development of Designday and has been one of the substantive founders of the annual design award ‘Made for Maastricht’.

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CUBE DESIGN MUSEUM_ A new and structural collaboration between Cube Design Museum Kerkrade and Designday was initiated for the 11th edition of the event in 2016. Among other things, the museum was responsible for the substantive lectures by design critic Jeroen Junte and design thinker Guido Stompff.

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MOSA _ A connection was established between the old and new manufacturing industry of Maastricht, right before the 11th edition in 2016. MOSA offered a program, including a lecture and a guided tour throughout its buildings. Later, they joined the opening evening of Designday in the Decorfabriek across the road, which is an old factory of MOSA.

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STADSMAKERS _ This initiative by Maastricht LAB has accomplished to structure substantial similarities between international city developers. There are only minor differences between the repurposing of vacant properties and the sustainable recycling and upcycling of materials in the different cities. We have had the honour to host an international group of city developers during the 11th edition of Designday. They were inspired by a lunch lecture, which was part of a program by ‘Pakhuis de Zwijger’ in Amsterdam.

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CARL HANSEN _ The furniture brand Carl Hansen provided Designday in 2015 with a part of its collection. This brand is known for design celebrities like Hans Wegner. Using this furniture and designs from participating designers, inspiring hotspots were created on the exhibition floor.

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SAHOT (cooperating hotels Maastricht) _ From 2015 onwards, SAHOT has contributed to Designday by housing designers, press and visitors of the event.

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CENTRE MANAGEMENT MAASTRICHT _ Ahead of the event in 2015, centre management Maastricht has provided Designday with a so-called popup box. This glass box was placed on one of the busiest spots in Maastricht: the Onze Lieve Vrouwe square. Designs were shown of participating designers from all over the country.

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KABOOM _ The unique design hotel Kaboom was launched during the 2015 edition of Designday. The facade of the hotel across the train station was used to prominently share Designday with the general public. In 2016, hotel director Rino Soeters was one of the judges for the ‘Made in Maastricht’ Award.

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MUSEUM A/H VRIJTHOF _ Before its winners were announced at Designday 2016, the nominated designs of the ‘Made for Maastricht’ Award were on show at Museum a/h Vrijthof. (Dit is niet gebeurd, moet dit hier wel staan?! Kunnen we niet beter iets zeggen dat er een nauwe samenwerking is tussen het museum en Designday.)

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CUYPERSHUIS _ Designday collaborated with the Cuypershuis in Roermond for a sales exhibition in 2014. Its museum shop still sells designs from participating Designday designers.

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DOMINICANENKERK _ Participants of Designday 2015 had the opportunity to exhibit their designs at the Dominicanen Church ahead of the event.

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