Dutch Design Desk launches in Istanbul

Dutch Design Desk launches in Istanbul

Over 300 Turkish and Dutch guests witnessed the launch of the Dutch Design Desk Istanbul at Palais de Hollande on May 23, 2012. Vice prime minister of the Netherlands, Maxime Verhagen, together with head of the Business Delegation, Victor van der Chijs, unveiled the official logo of the Dutch Design Desk Istanbul during a grand reception held at the Dutch Consulate-General.

Dutch Design Desk Istanbul aims to be the first port of call for Dutch designers and design companies aiming to enter the Turkish market, and for Turkish parties interested in collaborating with Dutch designers. Its services include tailored matchmaking, a knowledge bank, advisory services, presentation and networking. The Dutch Design Desk Istanbul is located in the heart of Istanbul’s design, fashion and architecture district, in the Building Information Centre (YEM).

contact for Dutch creative entrepreneurs aiming to connect with Turkish clients as well as colleagues. Connecting demand and supply of specialized knowledge to address topical local issues, the desk supports the development of sustainable partnerships and valuable friendships.”

Over the past 400 years, the creative industries have always formed a strong connecting force between Turkey and The Netherlands. Turkey’s fast-growing economy brings obvious benefits, as well as new concerns related to explosive urbanisation, high environmental pressure, and rapid modernisation of agricultural and crafts-based economies. The Dutch creative industries have valuable expertise for addressing these concerns, working in close collaboration with related sectors in the Netherlands, and with Turkish partners.

The coming year will show many inspiring Turkish-Dutch initiatives in the areas of design, fashion and architecture. Please visit www.dutchdfa.com/turkey for updates on the programme in Turkey.

Vice Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen: “The creative industry is one of the ten top sectors of the Dutch economy, providing cutting edge products and services world wide. The Dutch Government strongly supports researchers and companies in the creative industry to foster innovation. Partnerships with Dutch creative companies can provide Turkish entrepreneurs a competitive advantage in their home markets and the region.”

Victor van der Chijs, Chairman Dutch Creative Industries: “The Dutch Creative Industries have a very strong international reputation and extensive know-how and experience to share with Turkey’s fast-growing economy. We are confident that the new Dutch Design Desk will help both Dutch and Turkish creative entrepreneurs to collaborate and build sustainable partnerships.”

Dutch design Desk Istanbul director Nurten Meriçer: “Creative Industries, particularly design, fashion, and architecture, are promising markets with a sustainable growth potential in Istanbul. Dutch Design can play an important part in this growth. I am confident that Dutch creative industries will be successful in collaborating with Turkish partners and co-developing new business opportunities.”

The Dutch Design Desk Istanbul is initiated and funded by the Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA) programme. DutchDFA programme director Christine de Baan: ‘The Dutch Design Desk Istanbul forms a pivotal point of contact for Dutch creative entrepreneurs aiming to connect with Turkish clients as well as colleagues. Connecting demand and supply of specialized knowledge to address topical local issues, the desk supports the development of sustainable partnerships and valuable friendships.”

Over the past 400 years, the creative industries have always formed a strong connecting force between Turkey and The Netherlands. Turkey’s fast-growing economy brings obvious benefits, as well as new concerns related to explosive urbanisation, high environmental pressure, and rapid modernisation of agricultural and crafts-based economies. The Dutch creative industries have valuable expertise for addressing these concerns, working in close collaboration with related sectors in the Netherlands, and with Turkish partners.

The coming year will show many inspiring Turkish-Dutch initiatives in the areas of design, fashion and architecture. Please visit www.dutchdfa.com/turkey for updates on the programme in Turkey.

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