The Slow Loket event took place at the Oude Kerk in the heart of Amsterdam, as part of FreeDesignDom, “a month-long celebration of creativity, innovation, fashion and design” in  the Netherlands. As many as fifty emerging designers will show and sell their work to the public, filling the central hall (nave) of the church.

In a beautiful chapel just off that central hall will be the ‘Slow Loket,’ a place where slowLab will present talks and workshops, exhibit slow design provocations, and offer opportunities for members of that public to express their own views on Slowness in open microphone sessions. At the heart of these activities will be slowLab’s ‘Slow Design Principles,’ a set of criteria against which designers are encouraged to interrogate and appraise their creative ideas, processes, motives, and outcomes. The ‘Slow Loket’ will also feature a small exhibition of design provocations to inspire the visiting public with ideas, projects and principles of Slow Design.

We’re really pleased to be able to show the work of slowLab network members Julia Mandle (USA), Judith van den Boom (NL) and Marie Ilse Bourlanges (FR), and the beautiful films ‘Stitch’ by Natalie Chanin and ‘Living Lightly’ by Robin Burke. Visitors will also have opportunities to express their own views in a rolling ideas workshop and open microphone sessions.

At the heart of these activities will be slowLab’s Slow Design Principles, a set of criteria against which designers are encouraged to interrogate and appraise their creative ideas, processes, motives, and outcomes. These principles provide a lens through which to more intimately understand one’s identity as a designer, to reflect upon the processes one employs, to evaluate tangible outcomes, and to imagine new scenarios.

With this Slow Loket event, slowLab hopes to inspire designers to explore slowness in creative practice, while at the same time empowering the public with a new set of tools to understand, evaluate and respond to the myriad of designs encountered in their daily lives.

These principles provide a lens through which to more intimately understand one’s identity as a designer, to reflect upon the processes one employs, to evaluate tangible outcomes, and to imagine new scenarios. By participating in this event, slowLab hopes to inspire designers to explore Slowness in creative practice, while at the same time empowering the public with a new set of tools to understand, evaluate and respond to the myriad of designs encountered in their daily lives.