Dudoc is a platform for Dutch companies to promote their business cases for sustainable development.
It provides an opportunity for exceptional Dutch innovators to introduce their advanced environmentally sustainable designs
and products to the Canadian public. As such, it bridges the gap between European expert knowledge and the Canadian consumers.
Our goal is to achieve a low carbon economy and resolve environmental challenges through
international partnerships and cutting-edge solutions. Through events and co-working space, we foster discussions and community around sustainability, urban development, green building & technology, architecture, socio-economic development and much more.
Come and visit us in our Dutch Urban Design and Development Centre at 1445 West Georgia Street.
Bough Bikes was founded by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes in 2012. Thanks to the advanced computer-controlled milling machine, the company is able to produce wooden bikes in larger quantities while keeping them affordable and consistently high quality.
Jan Gunneweg is a Dutch designer with a love for natural products. “If you design from nature you will always create something that people feel comfortable with.” His design stands out because of the combination of beauty, simplicity and functionality. Jan wants to inspire people and bring them closer to nature through his designs. His greatest passion is wood. “Wood is warm, flexible and solid at the same time. Wood is a live material. Every piece is different. The wooden product becomes more beautiful as the years go by”, says Jan.
Bough Bikes adheres the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The company only uses sustainable wood, which is an inherently responsibly green product of Mother Earth. In addition, processing wood takes considerably less energy than processing steel. The Bough Bike is made of oak from a sustainable forest in the Jura region of France. These woods are maintained under the principles of the Natura 2000 philosophy. Bough Bike’s ambition is to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible.
Riding a Bough Bike is a unique experience and offers a new perspective on cycling. Bough Bikes believes that we live in a transitional era that demands new solutions and out of the box thinking. Our society is on its way to a beautiful future with more room for sincerity.
One of the iconic images for Netherlands is the windmill – and now wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of sustainable energy production worldwide.
Windchallenge, a spin-off company from the Technical University of Delft, is run by wind-energy specialists Sander and Eline Mertens. They developed a “plug and play” turbine – a new generation of small wind turbines – after four years of research and testing.
The patented Windchallenge 1.7 features blade tilt for better performance and higher reliability. It’s quiet, efficient and affordable, and can be combined with solar panels. Easily transportable, it can be set up on rooftops, lampposts or greenhouses – or for placement as a sustainable energy source for charging station for e-car, e-scooter or eBike.
The rotor diameter of the Windchallenge is 1.7 meters and the mill weighs about 10 kilograms. With its moving mast of 5 meters the total weight is about 90 kg. It can be installed without a crane and the associated high costs of producing decentralized renewable electricity. It generates around 500 kWh per year at a wind speed of 4m/s and 900 kWh per year at 9m/s. The turbine’s high-energy yield is due to the fact that the blades automatically adjust their position to the speed and direction of the wind.
The Windchallenge 1.7 could be ideal for areas in Canada that get extreme weather. The company challenged the design to see how it would operate in harsh conditions, including ice accumulation, storm and power failure and it passed all tests with flying colours according to Dutch certification for small wind turbines.
The Windchallenge 1.7 has been designed and tested in accordance with IEC 61400-12 International Certification and Dutch Assessment for small wind turbines. Additional advantages are that it can make a visible contribution to local energy, reinforce sustainability policy and involve employees in energy saving.
The content of wallets is changing. Coin and paper money are increasingly being replaced by high-tech cards with computer chips and built-in antennas. This increases the ease of use, but also the risks. SECRID wallet drastically decreases the risk. The Cardprotector is the secure heart of a SECRID wallet. With one simple movement, cards slide out of the Cardprotector in overlapping sequence. The innovative Cardprotector protects important cards. The smooth leather jacket of the SECRID wallet envelopes the Cardprotector and offers space for extra cards and coins.
Secrid wallets are designed and manufactured in the Netherlands because it is important to get quality, working conditions and environmental care right. The fact that the wallets are produced on a large scale in the Netherlands is unique.
Secrid Wallet works with specialist manufacturers – such as a modern leather studio housed in a historic warehouse in the heart of Schiedam. In the production process, original materials are combined with modern technologies, ensuring good working conditions and high quality products. The employees of a social enterprise in Leiden assemble the products with great enthusiasm.
The SECRID Cardprotector won a Red Dot Design Award (2010) and the Aluminium Award (2012).
Secrid products Dutch Design is for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.
REHAB® is a unique Dutch design footwear brand that creates tough and inspiring footwear.
REHAB® represents those people who like showing their own individual identity and have a great interest in fashion and quality products.
Walas recognized its own identity in the KURT Forrest icon shoes as an embodiment of the blue wave. Walas is also into rehab of cities, communities, buildings and Walas loves nature. REHAB and Walas decided these KURT icon special edition shoes should be for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.
Colored by nature
These products are made with vegetable tanned chemical free leather. Vegetable tanning is a traditional craft process of creating leathers free of chemicals based on the use of natural tannins by using both ancient recipes and state-of-the-art technology. Vegetable tanned chemical free leather gives a unique characteristic look to your shoes.
When Basten Leijh of Bleijh created the first concept of the Sandwichbike there was no way of knowing the road it was going to take. Thanks to the continual enthusiastic online interest in the concept, the Sandwichbike remained on the drawing table, even in the years when other projects demanded Bleijh’s attention. After much hard work, the Sandwichbike can be pre-ordered and last fall the first two bikes were shipped and delivered at Dudoc Vancouver.
Inspired by the concept of flat packing and home assembly, Basten Leijh of Bleijh, together with Pieter Janssen, designed a bike made out of two wooden plates. Apart from the obvious advantages flat packing has for shipment, the use of two wooden plates gives freedom of printing and cutting techniques, making it possible to give each bicycle its own unique identity.
The Sandwichbike is true Dutch innovative design and for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.
We believe that cities are all about people, not buildings. We create vital cities and urban areas. We see the promise of worn down urban areas, where others are blind for this. We bring them back to life. We love empty factories and other old building, believe in their strength and the meaning of their souls. We think that people like to visit those places to practice and experience all kinds of interesting things. We find those old buildings generous and we think that we can turn them into fantastic places for people to live, work, recreate and challenge their creativity. We are convinced that we have to do all this with the new users and inhabitants. The colourful active urban world in which people feel good is our stage to create a sustainable and vital city: social, cultural and interactive, honest and just, economically as well as ecologically powerful, and therefore valuable and efficient.
We are driven by a great passion for people. We want everyone in the city to enjoy life, work and recreation. Team Walas works on the city, the urban community of life, with clarity and creativity, with vitality, resilience and sustainability. Team Walas works on clear processes, on itself, on each other, on the future of us all. We strive for enduring and reliable relationships, for respect and for collaboration with anyone who wants to co-evolve. We want to share our ideas and our knowledge and we open our minds to those of others. We want to develop the best urban places and communities with access for all.
Our values are: creativity, sociality, sustainability, communication, connectivity, vitality, liveability, honesty and value. We maintain the principles of the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.
Walas continuously works on itself and the improvement of its high level of knowledge and its best practice. Our focus is on targets, on results, on people.
In 2012, designer Yanto Drogt combined his love for denim and his passion for shoes to create a denim footwear label – the first of its kind in the Netherlands. The shoes are made with the finest denim fabrics from Italy combined with the best quality calf leather. Drogt plans to open a concept store in the center of Rotterdam, which tends to be a trendsetting city in Netherlands. He plans to add other Blue Day products to fill the store and open a showroom for consumers and retailers.
Blue Days shoes are available for costumers and interested agents and retailers at Dudoc Vancouver.
Inspired by the belief that any space can be transformed into a healthyliving environment, ByNature Design brings interiors to life with stylish products that make people feel good. Vancouver’s pioneers of the green design revolution showcase the conflux of design and nature
President Nicolas Rousseau says ByNature’s mission is to make it easier to bring natural elements indoors by creating green “windows” that help people reconnect with the wilderness. He believes bio mimicry offers the best biological ideas to solve human challenges.
Live indoor “plant-scapes” demonstrate nature’s way of transforming carbon dioxide to fresh air. Live interior landscaping can serve as an inspiration, an affirmation of nature’s intelligence.
Plants do much more than simply look good in a home or office environment. Extensive research on the health benefits of indoor plants show that not only do they improve indoor air quality and well-being, but they can also increase productivity at work and reduce absenteeism.
ByNature Design is pioneering the use of picture frames surrounding a diverse selection of plant material to create living works of art. Called Wallflower Living Frames, they consist of a soil-filled bag containing a rope wick system. Slits are cut in the bag and a dense mix of plants inserted. The bag is then placed into a pouch that fits neatly into the picture frame. In some cases, the frames have been hand-painted by artists to turn them into unique art works in themselves. The wick dangles out the bottom of the plant bag and sits in a reservoir from which it is able to suck up as much water as the plants need to thrive. An indicator at the side of the frame shows when the reservoir needs to be topped up.
For more information: http://www.bynaturedesign.ca/
The designers and builders of Brandwacht & Meijer combine creativity, pigheadedness, improvisation with workmanship.
Brandwacht & Meijer is a big fan of circular economy and donated used materials to Dudoc to build decors and small exhibits for Dudoc partners. Brandwacht & Meijers generously lent us on of their skilled workmen and with his help Dudoc was able to create the special atmosphere you will encounter when visiting our showroom.
Gorter® is a manufacturer and supplier of building access solutions that are safe, reliable and have an incredible insulation value: Dutch sustainable innovation at its best performance.
Gorter, since 1928
The Gorter Group started as a manufacturer of metal window and door frames in 1928. Throughout the nineties, Gorter began to specialize in safe access solutions through roof, floor, wall and ceiling cavities. Gorter is now considered one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of access products and the Gorter trademark is recognized as a sign of quality in building industries around the world. The Gorter group is represented in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East.
The Gorter Group has appointment Dudoc Vancouver as the contact for all of the safe access products throughout the USA and Canada. This will further strengthen Gorter Group’s commitment to providing Safe Access Solutions to the US and Canadian markets.
The existing and new customers of Gorter of North America now have a representative in Vancouver, who will manage all sales and customer service inquiries. Dudoc’s knowledge, expertise and commitment to the Gorter products makes it the perfect point of contact for builders and architects alike.
Inspired by the beauty of city design, Nov82 Architects has launched the designer brand UrbanFabric. The first products of the brand are laser cut clocks with a choice of the image of Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Vancouver on the face.
Founded by Saynzo Osinga and Laura Ubachs in Rotterdam in 2009, Nov82 explores the boundaries of architectural design. In addition to architecture, interior and landscape design, they are also involved in model building and design – where laser cutting plays an important role.
According to Osinga, “The architectural model plays a major role in the way we work; it’s a great medium to explore spatial design and explain it to clients. Nowadays, quick modeling is possible thanks to modern technologies, among which the laser-cutting machine charms us in particular. That is the reason we decided to buy one.”
The strength of the tool is that it makes it simple to cut complex patterns with a variety of materials, providing the freedom to play with light and shadow, with volume and transparency.
The laser-cutting machine soon attracted other creative people in Rotterdam, who came to them with their own designs. Subsequently Nov82 decided to officially offer a laser-cutting service. To put their service on the map, and to show the various attainable results, the architects designed a number of laser-cut products. In addition to the clocks, they designed lamps that project Rotterdam buildings on the wall.
The clocks were an instant success because, according to Osinga, it gave people a sense of belonging and involvement with their city. “It’s like hanging a beautiful map on the wall, but more special. Looking at the clock, you find yourself exploring the city.” Requests poured in from other cities. The collection began to grow and now includes more than twenty Dutch and international cities, including Vancouver.
This Dutch design is for sale at Dudoc in three different sizes and featuring three different cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Vancouver.
Tulpi-design is a Dutch product design company in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. The company was established in April 2011 and is run by designer Marco Manders and his team of creative professionals and interns.
Tulpi-design has a flair for quirky, innovative and playful design for indoor and outdoor environments. Marco Manders achieved international recognition with his Tulpi-seats, which are based on the Dutch national flower, the tulip. Tulpi-seats have been ‘planted’ all over the world and their popularity continues to ‘grow’.
Marco’s visionary designs are genuinely eye catching … not just for their organic shapes, which are constant reminders of nature’s beauty, but primarily because they epitomize the importance of social design.
This designer embraces the cohesion of environment and people, playfully contributing to and enhancing the value, appearance and importance of our surroundings.
Tulpi products are designed to inject fun and colour into our outdoor and indoor environments. The designs confirm Holland’s reputation for producing high quality products. Not only was the shape a major focus point during the product development process, but a lot of thought and research went into its ergonomic features and user comfort.
During Dutch Design Week 2011, an independent jury awarded the Tulpi-seat the coveted Award for Most Original Design and Good Industrial Design (GIO). In 2015, the Tulpi chair was awarded with Golden A’Design Award.
Tulpi-design is currently working on new designs, such as the Tulpi-bin.
WoodNiels Acoustics is a young Dutch company founded by Niels Kroon. Although still a student at HMC Amsterdam (college for furniture making and upholstery) Niels is a natural entrepreneur. He presented his first project, a wooden headphone, at the Design District Zaandam exhibition in 2014. These headphones are almost entirely hand made out of wood. The headphones are adjustable and suitable for anyone who wants to look hip and loves music.
Walas Concepts has been working both in Canada and Europe. Its goal is to create vital and sustainable cities and this concerns a wide variety of topics. Walas is also one of the founding fathers of Parallel 52. Parallel52 is a non-profit organization with an ideal of collaboration between the sustainable building sector in Canada and the Netherlands. Canada and the Netherlands are similar in spirit and acknowledge worldwide climate change. They are both well developed in sustainable planning and building, each with their own expertise. By sharing this expertise both countries can reach higher sustainable goals. Parallel52‘s goal is to improve this knowledge sharing between the two countries.
Between Walas Concepts, the Dutch government and Parallel52, entrepreneurship, innovation, decision-making, change-making and knowledge are shared at Dudoc Vancouver.
Hotsofa transforms a radiator into a comfortable seating area, creating a warm gathering spot beside the window. It’s the only sofa that makes space instead of taking it up!
Hotsofa has become an instant classic thanks to its unique design. Each sofa has its own serial number and the designer’s signature. Hotsofa is Dutch Design, produced in the Netherlands and now you are able to buy your own unique sofa at Dudoc Vancouver.
As a designer, Co de Smalen is always looking for functional designs that will fill our modern lives with pleasure. And best of all is to discover a meaningful product application that nobody has yet thought of. This was the case with Hotsofa. Many people seeing Hotsofa for the first time can’t believe that it’s actually a novelty. That’s why Co’s design motto is: “Good things seem to have existed forever”.
See how it works here.
For more than 40 years, Jaga has led the world in heating and cooling concepts that incorporate innovation and art. At Jaga we want to go beyond just conducting business to developing a culture that encourages creativity and expression. We want to help people and businesses differentiate themselves from the masses and creating a unique, distinctive voice. And we want to do all of this in a way that helps preserve the Earth’s natural resources for future generations to enjoy.
Jaga has been an innovator leading in building comfort for over fifty years. Focusing on the most energy efficient designs with an aesthetic flair, Jaga has been providing residential, commercial and institutional buildings with the most advanced, artful and tailor made products.
Hydronic heating at the lowest possible water temperature, incorporating water cooling and unobtrusive designs, are hallmarks that help Jaga become an integral part of projects like Telus Gardens in downtown Vancouver.
Jaga has only been available in North America for a short time, and already their products have found their way into several notable projects including the Evergreen Brickworks Building in Toronto, the World Trade Center Museum in New York and the Cite Verte project in Montreal. As the demand for comfortable, energy-efficient products increases, more architects, engineers and contractors are turning to our stylish and energy-efficient solutions.
Started by two brothers in rural Belgium who were looking for lighter weight radiators to decrease their installation time, the company has grown to more than 500 employees with active projects in 40-plus countries. We maintain office locations in Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, England, Germany and Canada. We also export products to countries including Australia, China and Japan. Our proprietary Low-H20 system has helped save energy in many buildings throughout the world.
SmartDC is the largest carrier neutral datacenter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
SmartDC datacenters have the lowest PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) in the industry. Our unique cooling concept with closed cold and closed warm corridors feature N+1 adiabatic cooling for a PUE below 1.15.
SmartDC has several of the highest quality networks and fiber providers to ensure excellent connectivity. Connect to Level3, Global Crossing, Cogent, Interoute and more.
SmartDC datacenters have 24×7 security staff on-site and multiple layers of hardened security zones. Our facilities are yearly audited for the CDSA approval on content security and protection.
SmartDC launched the Rotterdam flagship facility in 2009 after a one year design phase. The SmartDC: Dataport of Rotterdam facility is located in the monumental UNESCO candidate listed Van Nelle facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. SmartDC is well known for its unique suite concept featuring dedicated suites per customer. Every suite is a mini-datacenter with private cooling, power breakers, security and capacity build-out. Our flagship datacenter operates 24 of these suites. Our datacenters are all Tier-3+ with N+1 cooling, N+1 uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), N+1 generators and two transformers for 23,000 Volt mains power for a total of 12 MegaWatt (MW) power usage.
Some time ago artist Gilbert de Rooij started to collect discarded 2- litre plastic milk cartons with a goal of making a lampshade. He had so much fun playing with the concept that it turned into a series.
The ‘Milkshell‘ was created from the top part of the milk cartons. It has a playful shape with a protective character because of the inward direction in which it points, creating a fantastic shadow on the walls.
‘MilkShell2’ is a new and bigger version, 48 cm. diameter, made out of leftovers from producing other upcycle lampshades. After cutting up all these cartons, de Rooij ended up with the top part, a middle part and the bottom. As with the original MilkShell, he used the top part, but in such a way that the milk carton isn’t recognizable right away.
After being a graphic designer for over twenty-five years, Gilbert de Rooij became inspired by the concept of upcycling – giving a new function, a second life and added value to something that would otherwise end up in landfill. It gives him great pleasure to transform a discarded item into an object of beauty and utility.
Made in the Netherlands out of copper, wood, and brass, the Strietman ES3 is a fully manual espresso machine that uses an Italian method from the 1950s that relies on a lever to compress a column of hot water through the grounds. The lever control allows the operator to customize the brew.
The Strietman ES3’s simple design makes it more reliable, durable, and easier to clean than a typical espresso machine. And with the only electrical part being the adjustable water heater, there’s not much that can go wrong besides operator error.
What makes the Strietman ES3 different from most espresso makers isn’t just its gorgeous copper on birch looks, its ingenious piston design, or even the fact that it’s wall mounted, which frees up valuable counter space. It’s the simplicity by which it actually makes your elixir.
The 11-pound machine mounts to the wall and draws 750 watts of power to get it hot. Though it’s Dutch, there’s a 115 volt version as well. Besides the unit, each one comes with a custom tamper, an anti-dust lid, a double spout, and three filter baskets.
A true Dutch design. Handmade in the Netherlands.
Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, organizations and frameworks from across the world to inspire exponential improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.
The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action for all of us. It was developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter. After an almost 2 year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010.
Dudoc Vancouver has the Earth Charter as its fundamental principle. We are proud to be the voice of Earth Charter Cities in Canada.
nai010 publishers specializes in developing, publishing and distributing books in the fields of architecture, urbanism, art and design.
The international reputation of nai010 is founded on an absolute commitment to quality from a small, dedicated team. The merger of NAi Publishers and 010 Publishers opens a new chapter in the tradition of international art and architecture publications in the Netherlands. With the combined backlist of NAi Publishers and 010 Publishers as a foundation and a wealth of ideas for the future, this publisher is better placed than ever to be an incubator, platform and treasure-house for publishing about art, architecture and design.
Around the globe
The largest part of nai010 publishers’ production is bilingual or published in English in order to reach a global audience. For national as well as international distribution nai010 publishers boasts an extensive worldwide network of representatives. nai010’s books are available in specialized book- and museum shops from the US to New Zealand, and from Canada to Korea. Dudoc guests can get a cup of coffee and start reading a selection of books. The books are also for sale.
nai010 focusses on architects and designers – professionally active or in training, artists and art enthusiasts, as well as a growing number of readers among the general public interested in art, architecture and design. nai010 publications are distinctive for their relevance to present-day issues, their innovative and interdisciplinary character as well as their cutting edge design, and stimulate the contemporary socio-cultural debate.
Priva develops and supplies products and services for sustainable, innovative climate control to its end users in horticulture, public and commercial buildings, and general industry.
Priva helps businesses create a climate for growth. Whether companies want to improve operating results, maximise crop yields or find the ideal living and working environment, the products and services for process optimisation allow them to perform at a high level.
Priva offers businesses a broad overview of the crucial operating processes, giving them insight and enabling them to retain optimal control of their processes. This facilitates sustainable returns and helps create ecologically sound living and working environments that anticipate the physical and mental needs of people plants and animals, thus increasing well-being all around.
For Priva, everything revolves around people. When you let people use their talents and give them plenty of room for development, it brings out the best in Priva’s people, in the people of the Priva partners, dealers and end users. We link people together in productive ways, and the knowledge, experience and energy released in the process is used by Priva as input and inspiration for their shared development. This creates a climate of mutual respect and commitment in which growth and development go hand in hand.
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