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NY400 Week / Holland on the Hudson presents Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York's Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of Dutch-American friendship.

Activities will take place in and around eleven officers' houses at Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York.

Open: Fri 10am - 4:30pm
Sat / Sun 10am - 6:30pm
Download Ferry schedule.
House 18:

Rhode Island /
Roode Eylandt

Open Talks: presented by Pioneers of Change in collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York; Franck Bragigand; Dutch Profiles
On the opening day, talks between Dutch and New York designers and architects will take place in this house, presented by Pioneers of Change in collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. The topics will be 'Towards a New Notion of Luxury' and 'New Collaborations.'

Towards a new notion of luxury
Since the economic downfall the notion of luxury has come under attack. Pioneers of Change does not apply the luxury tag to an ethos of riches as such but to qualities now hard to come by, such a space, fresh air respect, care, silence, slowness and time. Join the discussion about luxury of content and experience over luxury of expensive materials, and about the difference between false and real scarcity in limited edition designs.

New collaborations
Pioneers of Change celebrates the blurring of low and high brow, questioning the difference between the ‘design world’ and the ‘normal world’. Non-professionals and ‘unqualified’ locals play an intricate role in realizing creative projects.
Franck Bragigand
The space will be furnished and painted by Franck Bragigand using second-hand chairs and tables, making the house a worthwhile visit even after the open talks.

Dutch Profiles
One room will present the first edition of Dutch Profiles, a series of short documentaries about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands. Dutch Profiles focuses on the conceptual and research-based background of well-known icons of Dutch design and includes interviews with, among others, MVRDV, 2012 architects, Jurgen Bey, Claudy Jongstra and Alexander van Slobbe. More profiles will be added over the coming years. Dutch Profiles is a project of Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA).

About Cooper-Hewitt, Franck Bragigand, and Dutch profiles
These names are the titles of the former officers' houses during Pioneers of Change. Click on each name for the specific program:

To download a map and program (pdf, 580 Kb), click here.
Staten Island /
Staten Eylandt
Pop up store:
100 dollars or less

Bowery /
The luxury of
Silence and Care

Harlem /
Platform21 =
Hempstead /
Christien Meindertsma

Bushwick /

Flushing /
Harvest Map:
Bloomingdale /
Go Slow / Droog, Sloom.org,
Vogelzang and van Halem

Gravesend /
's Gravesande
Drawn from Clay:
Atelier NL

Brooklyn /
Maarten Baas
Coney Island /
Conyne Eylandt
Painted / Parsons
The New School for Design

Rhode Island /
Roode Eylandt
Open Talks
Dutch Profiles

Greenwhich /
Various objects