Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA) was a four-year strategic programme (2009-2012) aimed at strengthening the international position of Dutch design, fashion, and architecture, by building long-lasting international partnerships and focusing on topical issues and local demand.

Over the course of four years, the DutchDFA programme coordinated, supported and initiated a large number of projects to enhance the profile of Dutch design, build networks and develop knowledge, and improve market opportunities for enterprises.


DutchDFA activities took place in the focus countries China, India, Germany, and Turkey, and brought international partners and experience to the Netherlands. The projects varied from research by design projects and educational exchange to trade missions and multidisciplinary exhibitions.


The library contains publications and surveys relevant to the internationalisation of Dutch design that were published during the programme, as well as year reports, evaluations, newsletters and press archive. DutchDFA country mappings provide detailed information based on extensive market research on the local creative industries in China, India, and Germany.

Partners & sponsors

The programme was developed in close collaboration with the DutchDFA partners: Premsela, NAI, BNO, BNA, BNI, MODINT and Capital D; the funding ministries: Education, Culture and Science, Foreign Affairs, and Economic Affairs; and many individuals and companies from the design field.


The News Archive shows a selection of articles in (inter)national media related to the DutchDFA programme, and an overview of news items on Dutch design, fashion, and architecture that appeared on international platforms 2009-2012.


These organisations and persons in The Netherlands have been crucial to the success of the DutchDFA programme:

Premsela, NAI, BNO, BNA, BNI, MODINT, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the cities of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, NL Agency, the Office of the Chief Government Architect, Creative Industries Fund NL, Submarine, Thonik, Zinnebeeld, Harry Starren, Han Bekke, Ole Bouman, Marie-Helene Cornips, Matthijs Crietee, Christine van Gemert, Rob Huisman, Allard Jolles, Dingeman Kuilman, Albert Matthijssen, Els van der Plas, Fred Schoorl, Corien Beks, Gabry Foolen, Rita van Hattum, Mathias Lehner, Robert Jan Marringa, Alma Ploeger, Tim Vermeulen, Jannet Duijndam, Emmy Scholten, Marlou Thijssen, Paul Zwetsloot, Wienke Bodewes, Roelof Bleker, Janny Rodermond, Mariet Schoenmakers, Christine de Baan, Hester Swaving, Jolanda Strien, Elyne van Rijn, Marian Koek, Marie-Anne Souloumiac, Jeanne Tan, Lodewijk Reijs, Yonca Özbilge, Rogier Coopmans, Carlie Janszen, Nancy van Oorschot, Ingeborg van Lieshout, Nikki Gonnissen, Remco Oude Alink, Sven Sorensen, Sanja de Vries, Thomas Widdershoven, Gert Staal, Jose Teunissen, Huib Haye van der Werf, Bruno Felix, Liselot Francken, Olivia van Leeuwen, Femke Wolting, Geert van de Wetering, Tijl Akkermans, Bart Driessen.


As a follow-up to DutchDFA, the Creative Industries Fund NL administered a four-year internationalisation programme for the Dutch creative sector (2013–2016). This happened in close collaboration with the main DutchDFA partners, united in The New Institute and the Dutch Federation of Creative Industries