Our last full day started with four more choose-your-own-adventure options. I picked the bike tour of the city (Dad, can you believe it?). Our hotel had enough bikes in the basement for everyone staying there to have a bike – literally hundreds. We figured out the back pedal braking and got on our way.
Many of the buildings, houses, and factories were built by Dr. Frits Philips. He founded Philips Electronics in Eindhoven in 1891 as a lightbulb factory, initially. For the 75th anniversary of the company, Philips wanted to build a cutting-edge science museum as a gift to the community, and commissioned the building of the Evoluon. It has since been transformed into a conference center.
My favorite part of the morning was a stop at Piet Hein Eek’s design studio. He uses a lot of reclaimed wood and features work of other local designers and artists in his space.
I loved the clean lines next to the rawness of the scrap wood. The furniture was the perfect balance of casual elegance that I can never seem to pull off in my own house.
The flowers are made out of felt, wire, and plastic. This was probably my favorite photo that I took all week.
Back at TAC, we got to work and had lunch in this funky dining room. Lunch was prepared by Minyoung’s Food Lab. She’s a designer and a cook and creates Korean fusion food using local ingredients.
The vegan dish was perfection. The rice was out of this world.
Before the final dinner, I took a stroll around town to find the river. I found it!
After work, we met at Wall Street for our celebratory dinner. They had a live jukebox where you could call a number and pay a guy five euros to come and sing a song. (I was just posing, no singing for me that night.)
We had a lively meal, full of conversation and good food. It was a nice way to end a productive week before we set off on our separate journeys home. Until we meet again!