concept


Best of Europe

This curated European tour will bring a carefully selected group of interior designers and architects to the best of Europe's heritage and upcoming brands of design, furniture and architectural products.

Deep insights

This tour will provide deep insights not only in the interaction of designers and brands but especially also in the craftmanship and/or technology behind iconic and new furniture products.

Independent & inspiring

A 5-day tour mixing independently selected company visits with cultural highlights, exceptional food experiences, inspiring hotels and the opportunity to meet brand executives and designers behind the collections.

Key stakeholders

Maximum 12 selected interior architects and architects will come together on an informal basis and get access to key stakeholders of the European furniture and design business.

Media coverage

In daily short movies participants will be broadcasted with their experiences and opinions and these will be spread via the (social) media channels of partners interiordesign.net and architonic.com, together more than 3.7 million followers.

Included studio promotion

German Design Council offers participants to enter their projects for the Iconic Awards, a reputable European Design Award, and tour participants get a complete studio page on architonic.com

Meet the people that matter at Europe's leading design brands.

program details

The European Inspiration Tour #01 took place from June 15th-19th 2015 and focused on the Scandinavian and German speaking axis of European design. It had stops in Copenhagen (CPH) and Zurich (ZUR), both competing as one of the best places to live in the world, and did not missed the momentum of Design and Art Basel, which was running that same way.

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15 June
Mon
morning

arrival Copenhagen

afternoon

Copenhagen by bike

Emil B. Spangenberg of Wonderful Copenhagen guides a bike tour that proves why Copenhagen is highly ranked in Quality of Life indexes. Followed by coffee, tea and craftmanship stories from Thomas Baldur and Martin Lindholt.

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early evening

personal/work time

evening

Dinner at Uformel

Uformel, a restaurant that loves and respect Nordic cuisine but chooses not to limit themselves and look all over the world to find the best and most inspiring products to work with.
16 June
Tue
morning

company discovery: &Tradition

Experience the classic and the modern in a cluster of minimalist ‘houses' at &Tradition’s breathtaking dock-side headquarters.

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afternoon

canal tour & company visit Dinesen floors

Dinesen designs extraordinary wooden planks for floors and other creative interior solutions. After a Copenhagen canal tour Dinesen reveals its in-house design laboratory “DesignStudies”.

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early evening

personal/work time

evening

new nordic cuisine experience

You are brought to the exclusive home of Dinesen for a New Nordic Cuisine experience..
17 June
Wed
morning

travel
Copenhagen - Zurich

afternoon

VIP visit to Design Miami/Basel & Art Basel

A VIP visit to the world's premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel and its counterpart Design Miami/Basel.
early evening

personal/work time

evening

Vitra Campus visit
& summer party

Discover Vitra's remarkable ensemble of contemporary architecture by renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Herzog and De Meuron and Sanaa followed by an the renowned Vitra Summer party, the annual gathering of the design scene.
18 June
Thu
morning

Meet Peter Ruckstuhl

Contemporary design and sustainable materials distinguish the designer rugs of the Swiss carpet manufacturer Ruckstuhl who can look back on collections with Patricia Urquiola and Arik Levy to Claesson Koivoisto Rune and many more.

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afternoon

Paul Klee center
by Renzo Piano

The 'Zentrum' Paul Klee is a museum dedicated to the artist Paul Klee, located in Bern, Switzerland and designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
afternoon

personal/work time

afternoon & evening

company visit & dinner
USM Modular Furniture

Discovery of the authentic story behind the original USM Haller modular furniture system at the companies premises and the original pavilion in Münsingen, Switzerland where it all started back in 1961.

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dotsandplanes is creating an amazing tour in any case, but be aware that the schedule might be subject to slight changes.

tour guides

Tour guides Joost Vanhecke and An Michiels have an in-depth knowledge of the European design scene. They work on commercial and cultural projects within the field of design and architecture and are both part of the core team behind the international Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk (Belgium).
In 2014, Joost and An founded dotsandplanes together with digital strategist Brik De Maeyer.


Joost Vanhecke

Joost has an in-depth knowlegde of the European design industry and over the years has initiated, curated and managed numerous projects ranging from exhibitions to product showcases, temporary restaurants and pop-up shops. Joost beliefs that sharing is rewarding and teaches at the Rubika school of design in France.

An Michiels

An worked 10 years as a project architect in London (UK). In 2010 she shifted her focus and obtained an MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University (UK). She initiated design events and works in communication and design writing.

pricing

The independent approach of dotsandplanes requires a participation fee of $3000.


Included

  • local transfers
  • four 4* hotelnights inc. breakfast
  • local return flight Copenhagen (CPH) - Zurich (ZRH)
  • scheduled daily lunches & dinners
  • museum entries & visits

Excluded

  • return flight to and from Copenhagen
  • food and drinks outside scheduled daily lunches and dinners
  • hotel room service & mini bar
  • personal purchases

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For who

dotsandplanes selects a group of maximum twelve architects and interior architects with upcoming projects in the contract segment. The tour is specifically aimed at decision makers, specifiers and project architects and aims to establish relevant and lasting business connections.

Group of 12

Given the limited capacity of maximum 12 participants, dotsandplanes selects participant request. Participants are selected on their work and available information on upcoming project. Within a maximum of 7 days, applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their request.

To enrich the group the selection will be a mix of specifiers working in corporate, retail, residential, public and hospitality environments.

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