" We need to rethink our relationship with objects and our role as designers within our society"

'Objects for a new kind of society'

Dutch Invertuals and The Future Laboratory present Objects for a New Kind of Society, a new exhibition based on The Future Laboratory’s research into Equilibrium Cities. Together, we explore how design can foster our future cities, where collective ownership, fluid identities and nature will thrive.

“We need to rethink our relationship with objects and our role as designers within our society.” – Wendy Plomp, Design Director of Dutch Invertuals

The world’s cities are outgrowing the limits of our comprehension. This constant expansion is converting vast plains into urbanised areas, consuming land needed to feed their growing population. This puts the concept of the city out of balance. The outbreak of a global pandemic has clearly shown us how fragile our current model of society can be. 

We can no longer ignore the downsides of living in urban areas. Climate change, air pollution, waste, social unrest and inequality will continue to challenge the way we exist within them. At the same time, new technologies and innovations are emerging that will radically change urban society and place cities in balance again. Our environment will shift towards degrowth and deceleration, leading to a more resilient and liveable future.

“The world’s Equilibrium Cities will be built on a foundation of nature, but they will evolve through intersectional architecture, new economic models and responsive healthcare – some will even establish new populations in the virtual realm” – Britt Berden, Art Director of The Future Laboratory.

The Future Laboratory has the expertise to forecast futures and Dutch Invertuals the power to imagine and build these futures.

Objects for a New Kind of Society presents eleven works from designers, who translated their vision into tangible design manifestations, giving shape to the world of tomorrow. The exhibition features works from Johanna Seelemann, Sander Hagelaar, Christoph Dichmann, Dae Uk Kim, Delphine Lejeune, Edhv, Moonseop Seo, Elly Feldstein, Steeven Macal, Anna Resei and Sorrel Madley.


We invite you to join our annual dinner in a unique setting, inside our future city.

– Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October 2021
– 4 courses, including wines and drinks 
– 19:00 – 22:00 | € 80
– 18:30 walk in

Talks by  
– Dutch Invertuals – Wendy Plomp and Designers
– The Future Laboratory – Britt Berden
– Reon Brand – Director Design Research at Philips (guest speaker Sunday)
– Paul Cournet – Architect at OMA*AMO (guest speaker Monday)

Sunday, October 17 
Monday, October 18


October 22 2021

19:00 – 23:00 
Reservations required

Note: We will follow the latest Covid-19 rules and regulations.



Weekdays: 10:00 – 18:00
Weekends: 11:00 – 18:00
October 24: 11:00 – 16:00

Press opening: Saturday October 16 2021, 13:00pm


Free with DDW Ticket
€ 4 without DDW Ticket


Fuutlaan 12B
5613AB Eindhoven

Contact us for tours and reservations: studio@dutchinvertuals.nl

Press package press@dutchinvertuals.nl

Campaign Images

Visuals by Anke Sondi


Design Direction: Wendy Plomp

Team Dutch Invertuals: 
Elena Genesio - concept, communications
Honor Newman - project management
Esther Severijns - business management
Anne Pieterse - exhibition production
Daphna Laurens - exhibition design
Edhv - graphic design

Team The Future Laboratory:
Britt Berden - art direction
Kathryn Bishop - foresight editor
Savannah Scott - creative research

Campaign Images and digital exhibition: Anke Sondi
Exhibition pictures: Ronald Smits

Supported by: Cultuur Eindhoven, Dutch Design Foundation, Stichting Stokroos

Thanks to: Jongeneel, Leeuwerik Plaatmateriaal, Drukkerij Snep, Mansveld Expotech