Association „Dizaino forumas“ (Design Forum) seeks the acknowledgement of design as a catalyst for the development of modern society and a factor for sustainable economical growth, the deeper use of design in production, communication and public life.
DESIGN WEEK LITHUANIA is an annual event dedicated to the synthesis of insightful solutions, original ideas and professional performance while highlighting the value of good design. All the latest artwork, concepts and products are welcome to join the festival in various forms. Young designers and small brands are able to present their work in the windows of shops or cafes on the main streets of Lithuania’s cities. Companies that create, use design or design solutions in their practice are welcome to present their production in their showrooms or studios. Individual events (exhibitions, lectures, workshops) organised by participants fill the festival programme as well.
In 2018 the festival will take place on May 7 – 13, in six cities of Lithuania – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Telšiai and Anykščiai.
The theme of DESIGN WEEK LITHUANIA 2018 is spaces. Thus we invite participants of the festival to bring in some fresh approach to various spaces that surround us, to analyse how they relate to and impact our daily life. To think outside the box.
The official colour of the festival in 2018 will be mustard yellow. Thanks to our Facebook followers who helped to choose this colour!
Visit the Website: http://www.dizainoforumas.lt
The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a traditional festival held on August 2-7 each year in Aomori City (Aomori Prefecture). Renowned as one of the country’s most iconic festivals, the Nebuta Matsuri attracts more than 2.5 million visitors annually (both domestic and from abroad), and in 1980 was designated the status of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.
The event has even been invited overseas, with versions held in the United States as well as many European and Asian countries. The stars of the festival are the nebuta – illuminated floats measuring about 9 meters wide, 7 meters deep, and 5 meters high.
A total of 22 of these giant floats follow a 3.1 kilometer course, shining brilliantly in the darkness. The plaintive sounds of flutes, drums, and cymbals fill the air while throngs of haneto dancers dressed in bright yukata and flowered hats dance around, shouting “Rasseraaa!” One of the main characteristics – and draws – of this festival is that anyone can participate, as long as they are wearing the specified outfit. The magnificent nebuta, the musicians filling the night air with sound, and the wildly dancing haneto become one, drawing the viewer into a whirlpool of fevered excitement and joy.
LAST YEAR'S WINNER
Asako Kitamura never set out to break any barriers. She simply grew up wanting to become a master nebuta maker, just like her father before her. She spent years perfecting the art of building nebuta, giant paper floats built to take on the shape of warrior gods. Last year, Mitamura made history as the first woman to win first place at Japan’s 300-year-old Aomori Nebuta Festival.
Visit the Website: https://www.en-aomori.com
As part of Venice Design’s Time, Space Existence exhibition, The Birth Chair II will be featured for the first time in acrylic. In addition, the exhibit will reveal four new designs including the incorporation of African textiles into the modular backrests.
The Birth Chair II is inspired by African birthing chairs, which are still used in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Like most home furnishings in African countries, it is both utilitarian and decorative as well as a functional furniture that is also a work of art. Jomo original model is modular, with swappable backrests featuring various designs. Spare backrests can be displayed as decor. The ultimate design is modern, though rooted in African history.
Jomo’s unique exhibition ushers in a new era of mainstreaming African design. Africa has been severely underrepresented in events such as Venice Biennale due in part to the ethnic, rather than nation-based identity among many in African countries. Mainstream events are typically organized around national representation.
About Jomo Furniture
Relaunched in 2017 by designer Jomo Tariku, Jomo Furniture LLC incorporates a deep appreciation for African art and culture. The line fuses his heritage with contemporary products such as chairs, tables, pendants and interior designs that offer an alternative to mainstream styles. Jomo believes the market is ripe for disruption as current trends are spin-offs of Scandinavian and Italian masters from more than 50 years ago.
About Venice Design 2017
The second annual Venice Design 2017 will showcase the latest innovative and diverse designs from the international market. More than 50 participants (both established and emerging) from over 20 countries will converge on the Grand Canal this May 9-10 to exhibit new and unexpected solutions of space.
Visit the Website: www.jomofurniture.com
Joseph Walsh Studio presents “REVEAL"
May 1st –May 24th
American Irish Historical Society,
NYC Address: 991 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Irish-based studio workshop Joseph Walsh Studio recently opened its REVEAL exhibition, a unique opportunity to view important unseen works and private commissions, as well as some of the Studio's past work, typically destined for collectors’ private residences. The exhibition is held at American Irish Historical Society (AIHS), located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, and includes a selection of free form chairs, part of a collection of 24 individual and unique chairs developed for Chatsworth House’s private dining room, a bespoke watch cabinet and seat created for the private collection of a father and his son, as well as a series of scale models and sketches of Walsh’s recent significant 7-meter high sculpture commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of the National Gallery of Ireland under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
Joseph Walsh established his Studio in 1999 on his family’s farm, which still hosts the original 18th century Walsh Farmhouse. Largely inspired by and appreciative of nature, his workis characterized by an ongoing curiosity about the dialogic possibilities of different materials and unison of form and functionality to create sculptural, one-of-a-kind pieces. The creative process behind these pieces is constantly fuelled by the Studio's cooperation with teams of master craftsmen, as well as apprentices and interns, coming from all over the world to realize Walsh’s design vision. The REVEAL exhibition at AIHS captures the very essence of Walsh’s design vision and inspiration, taking the viewer through a journey of some of his most unique creations.
"The REVEAL exhibition provides us with an opportunity to share the results of some of the special commissions that we have undertaken over the years, that reflect a direct dialogue and close relationship with our commissioning clients who have a particular appreciation of our work. The level of trust that was built over the years between our great patrons and us allowed us to delve into the unknown to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. To be presented at the beautiful AIHS venue, which in 2008 was the venue of ‘Realizations’ my first ever solo exhibition, REVEAL will enable us to showcase the diversity of our commissioned projects and the process behind our work, whilst unveiling the overall essence and philosophy of our studio." - Joseph Walsh, Founder of Joseph Walsh Studio
VENICE DESIGN 2017 is the large design exhibition running alongside La Biennale di Venezia. During the Art Biennial, from May 13th to November 26th 2017, VENICE DESIGN intends to show a glimpse of the approaches of today’s international designers and is a testimony as well as an evidence of the current design scene. For its second consecutive year, the exhibition will be housed by the European Cultural Centre in the historical location of Palazzo Michiel, facing the Grand Canal in the very heart of Venice.
Around 50 creators from 25 different countries and of various cultural backgrounds, ages and points in their career are invited to present their concepts and approaches towards design. Palazzo Michiel has become the place where design perspectives confront themselves and VENICE DESIGN takes the shape of an international platform for design investigations, contemporary mutations and innovative creative attitudes.
From an observation of today’s design scene, the vast and precious collection of creations in VENICE DESIGN offers a reflection on its paradoxes and analogies. Inspiring and fascinating, each creation in Palazzo Michiel is here to raise curiosity and interest towards the role of design in our daily life and dreams. Each design represents a keen research to be ultimately accomplished by the creation of an item; this may be a unique piece of furniture, a both beautiful and functional object, a light system, a piece of jewellery, an illustration or a hybrid between any of these.
In addition, VENICE DESIGN has the pleasure to host the exhibition “NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE so Starck, so Bouroullec ...so Le French Design” by the VIA. The exhibition is taking a world tour and will be visiting Palazzo Rossini in Venice this summer. 10 essential values of French design will be highlighted by 40 iconic pieces from the be French designers among them Philippe Starck, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec and matali crasset. The masterpieces are selected by a prestigious think-tank of 40 internationally renowned figures, with an original scenography by designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
While Palazzo Michiel has become the platform to host an international vision on design, VENICE DESIGN also intends to show its visitors the design landscape of Venice. A city map has been created enabling our visitors to discover around 40 independent designers all living and working in Venice. This collaboration between VENICE DESIGN and Venetian designers invites visitors to find new inspiration by exploring the singular traditions and original design processes taking place in Venice, sometimes in plain sight, sometimes tucked away in an alley.
Participating designers of VENICE DESIGN are:
Nendo (JPN), Asher Israelow Studio (USA), Kinetura (BEL), Pierre Cardin (FRA), Studio Florentijn Hofman (NLD), DEUTSU (DEU), VIA - “NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE so Starck, so Bouroullec ... so Le French Design” (FRA), Orley Shabahang (USA), JARKEN (THA), Jouni Leino (FIN), Hervet Manufa urier (FRA), Anton Hendrik Denys (BEL), TRUE-TREU (TUR), Steen Higham (DNK), Sang Yoon Kim -Li en Communication (KOR), Alessandro Ci o (ITA), Jonathan Browning Studios (USA), Merve Kahraman (TUR), Carolin Zeyher (DEU), Gerard Kuijpers (BEL), Wael Farran (LBN), Yi Chen & Muchen Zhang (CHN), Valeria Montaña (COL), Luca Casini (ITA), Isaac Monté (NLD), Hiroki akada (JPN), LOLO PALAZZO (NLD), E údio Ronald Sasson (BRA), Jomo Tariku (USA), Studio Heike Buchfelder (DEU), Designing Cultures Studio (SGP), Marie-Louise Hellgren (SWE), Barbara Prinčič (SVN), Eckhard Beger - ArteNemus (CHE), Jenny Ritzenho (DEU), TOZ design (TUR), Leony van Schalm (NLD), Ekaterina Elizarova (RUS), MS&WOOD (BIH), ATELIER OPA (JPN), Revology (NZL), Studio KBB (DEN), Studio Nina Lieven (DEU), Ari Korolainen (FIN), Pao Hui Kao (TWN), Vedran Erceg (HRV), Daniela Buonvino (ITA), The Cabinet (HKN), Tiago Sá da Co a Design Studio (PRT), Gisela Simas - Original Pra ical Design Limited (BRA) and Carmadesign (ITA).