This edition of Designday allows you to work with the theme ‘Beauty of Waste’ in various workshops. These are still under development.

There will also be small mini-exhibitions related to the theme and you can see your designers working in a Designer@work on the floor.

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Waste walks

Our side program developer Nina Simons will give a tour of several highlighted projects within the theme the Beauty of Waste. How can design contribute to solutions for waste problems? The designers will have their say.

Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 and 15.00 hours




Ica van Tongeren regularly gives Upcycle Workshops to challenge and stimulate creativity and sustainable awareness. It does so with young people in schools as well as with adults. The two hundred reels received from an Amsterdam supplier gave her the idea of giving workshops with this plastic material during Designday. The designer makes visitors think about what they see in the material. I show them and look at it in a different way and discover the beauty of such a discarded material for myself, and you will see that a diversity of creative sustainable outcomes will then arise.  Read more >>

Workshops by Re4mers, Saturday 26 MAY Introductions at 11, 14 and 16 o’clock.



On Saturday the 26th of May at 18.00h Docfest, the documentary film festival of Maastricht, will show several short documentaires at Designday, within the theme the Beauty of Waste. One of these will show the beautiful story of Augustin, who lives in Siguatepeque, Honduras and is afflicted by polio. His illness has prevented his dream of becoming a pilot from coming true. Therefore he has been collecting metal scraps and other waste since 1958, with which he has been patiently building his own helicopter.

Saturday 26 May from 18.00 uur



Bellefroid 2.0


Centre Céramique and Vormstof have a common goal: to put the underexposed intangible heritage of porcelain back into the limelight. Designday offers them a platform for this. The workshop that Vormstof has developed suits this goal. The founders of Vormstof, Jo Schoenmakers and Marjo de Vries, have also been inspired by the designs of Edmond Bellefroid for years in their own work. Especially the iconic’ The Bird’. The Maastricht visual artist and designer, most famous in the fifties, made this legendary ceramic bird in the time that he was at the head of the Mosa design team that flourished then. The work, from the depot of Centre Céramique, comes to life as a kind of muse in two Designday workshops renewed.




Mosa Fabrica II


It could not be more suiting: in the Decorfabriek, after all the former factory of Mosa Porselein Maastricht, Centre Céramique will show a taste of the exhibition Mosa Fabrica II, which it opened in its own house in December 2018.
Senior curator of Cultural Heritage and archaeologist Wim Dijkman of Centre Céramique offers a preview especially for Designday with special pieces of Mosa porcelain. These works are of the extensive collection of no less than 10,000 porcelain and plate pieces that the ardent Mosa Collectionist Henk van Buren from Hardinxveld-Giessendam donated to Centre Céramique just before his death in 2009. It is the successor to the first exhibition: Mosa Fabrica I with a representative overview of the 1883-2004 collection.


Waste Drum


Musician Laurens Beijer opens Designday every day with a Waste Drumsolo. He manufactures his waste drum kit, which matches the theme of recycling, from materials found on site, such as rusty scrap. In addition, in his home town of Utrecht he hunts for scrap, radiators and washing machine drums that can add lustre to the musical spectacle.
His drum solo is also a nod to sampling music – with recycled versions from James Brown to André Rieu. Read more >>




Would you also like a meal of self-picked herbs and other wild plants? Together with Designday, Expedition Zilverschoon organizes a walk through Maastricht in search of edible nature. By looking for wild plants and ‘weeds’ people get to know nature better, is the idea. But a tasty meal is also prepared with the ‘harvest’ in the mobile mini-kitchen. The number of participants is limited. Registration for the walk plus meal for Sunday 27 May is possible via Cost: 10 euro excluding Designday Passepartout.

Sunday from 13.00h to 16.00h 





Wim Dijkman shows, in line with the theme of Designday: ‘The Beauty of Waste’, a selection of excavated ‘mismades’. Ceramics in which the baking process went a bit wrong. In the space of seven thousand years, many of these wreaks have disappeared under the ground of Maastricht as waste. As a treasure hunter, Dijkman takes the misfits above ground level and shows them like Beauty’s in all their unusual and crazy deformations in specially designed round showcases.