The next generation of design

The next generation of design

Antenna is a platform for young, international design talent, initiated by Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week. The very best of a next generation that will have a positive impact on the world with new insights, clear ideals and strong ambition. No superficial products or big names, but people searching for answers to social problems. Antenna gives them a voice and the chance to change the world.

We select 20 talented individuals each year and offer them a platform during an inspirational and challenging conference and expo. But Antenna is more than this. We are also keen to see tomorrow’s ideas become reality. This is why we are building an international network, offering coaching and tools, and looking for partners who would like to join us in taking on the challenge to realise these plans.


Concept behind Antenna

By analysing the ability of these young designers and the talent they have to observe, detect and translate ideas into action, Antenna was born.

Antenna refers to sensory organs, in the natural world. Sensing touch, temperature, air motion, vibration, sound, smell or taste their main power is to intuitively spot and interpret subtle signs.

We are open to new ideas and to being surprised by what these talents come up with. But we also want to build a worldwide network of antennae connecting the dots between talents on different continents, working across disciplines and us acting almost as a patron for these conversations, exchanges and possible collaborations.

We want to help these talented young people to reach their next step.

About Design Indaba

Design Indaba is a respected institution on the global creative landscape, based on the foundation of our annual Festival that has attracted and showcased the world’s brightest talent since 1995. The Design Indaba Conference is a three-day hallmark of the global creative calendar, and our online design publication features the best of the world’s creativity, making design for change accessible throughout the year. Design Indaba strives to make the ideas presented on our stage come alive, with help from our speakers and partners, in order to make a difference in the world.

About Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week, hosted in Eindhoven, Netherlands is the biggest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and ideas of more than 2 600 designers to more than 335 000 visitors from home and abroad. During nine-days in October DDW presents exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities. DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.