Last Friday the Design Academy Eindhoven students, employees and tutors received an official letter from Li Edelkoort. In the letter the Chairwoman of the Academy located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands was informing of her decision to leave the Creative Direction position after ten years.
On the opening of the new Academic year, september 2nd, she will probably reveal the name of her successor.
The Design Academy Eindhoven has reached a strong image in the conceptual design field and in the design education world thanks to the vision of Li, trend watcher and former mentor and head of the Academy Identity department. For this Academy is clearly the "end of an era".
It will be very difficult to fill the chair of Li, a strong ambitious woman, who has brought this 60 years old institution to the pages of the world wide design press.
I am very curious to see who's next Creative Director!