HOW WILL WE LIVE TOGETHER?
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia will run from 22 May to 21 November 2021, curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. “The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture – stated Sarkis. I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges.”
Hashim Sarkis has been Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on modern architectural history and theory.
TOWARDS A PHYTO-CENTRED DESIGN
An exhibition about the hidden potential of plants.
For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from truly understanding the potential of plants as more than simple materials or decorative objects.
In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical approaches have reframed our relationship with them, questioning the dualism human/nature so much rooted in Western thinking. Echoing the belief of American ecologist Ian Baldwin that “we should try to think like plants”, designers, scientists and engineers, started to look into plants’ structures and behaviours adopting them as allies to develop solutions for current and upcoming environmental and social issues.
Plant Fever proposes to look at the future of design from this new vegetal perspective, moving from a human-centred to a phyto-centred design. Spanning from products and fashion items to material research, open-source devices and emerging technologies, a selection of approx. 50 exhibits – representing the work of creatives from more than 20 countries – will investigate notions such as plant blindness, eco-feminism, forestry, biomimicry and upcycling, but also post-colonialism and cultural landscapes.
Conceived as a militant exposition, Plant Fever will not fear to take a stand, ask critical questions and call for new radical perspectives, involving the public in a positive, inspiring and constructive conversation.
Parallel to the physical space of the museum, the discourse of the exhibition will be further developed through an accompanying web platform, as well as a dedicated conference & workshop programme.
HOMI, the Lifestyle Trade Fair rescheduled for September 2021 at fieramilanocity and MiCo together with the Salone del Mobile.
The event will strengthen HOMI’s position as a European platform for quality design and innovation, with a comprehensive yet carefully curated, quality‐focused selection of products spanning decorations, tableware, kitchenware, textiles, fragrances, gifts and a festivity area. Known for anticipating trends and keeping a close eye on market developments, the show will host historic, consolidated brands alongside new designers. In line with the demands of an increasingly specific sector, HOMI brings together a wide range of products, giving equal billing to the artisan and the innovative, the Italian and the international. It’s a combination that has turned the exhibition into a leading event in this constantly evolving industry. The range is extensive and well‐structured, while the new layout of the event ensures that the exhibition is as user‐friendly as possible. No longer is HOMI simply set out based on goods type: it now reflects new distribution practices, basing itself around three visitor routes designed to meet the needs of industry professionals and deliver a diversified consumer experience.
The first route is HOME Retail Inspiration, which has a special focus on the target audience of specialist stores, large retail groups and online stores. If offers up a highly varied, versatile product offering, which in itself is split into the Fragrance Inspiration and Textile Inspiration areas, both of which feature a wealth of products to discover.
HOME Boutique&Design, meanwhile, gives a platform to quality manufacturing and is targeted at department stores and innovative concept stores, as well as interior designers, architects and industry operators looking for original, innovative products. Its Creazioni Italiane area will be entirely dedicated to Italian craftsmanship and design, while World Designers will bring together the best, most innovative and most unique work from international designers.
The third route ‐ HOME International Delivery ‐ is aimed at the multi‐product distribution and international import and export markets. It will showcase a huge range of products at different price points to appeal to retail operators sensitive to competitiveness needs in terms of margins and product mix. It offers a range of innovative products and plenty of inspiration across all of its sub‐sections, not least the accessory and stationery areas.
The area will focus on the traditional festive periods and other big occasions, with Christmas decorations and nativity sets taking centre stage. The decision to set special dates and create a special area for the Festivity section is designed to boost synergy within the sector and accommodate the need for exhibitors and buyers alike. The event will also include a packed programme of workshops, talks and meetings, offering trade visitors an overview of market trends, ideas and suggestions to help them grow their business.
|SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO POSTPONED UNTIL 2021|
The 2020 edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano has been suspended. The event will now take place from 5th to 10th September 2021. The decision to postpone was made by the Board of the Salone del Mobile.Milano in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is spreading to almost every country in the world. The situation that led to the original change of date from April to June, announced on 25th February, has fundamentally changed. Although we were determined to keep to the June date, to allow the annual event to take place as planned, the present, unprecedented circumstances and medium-term uncertainties now mean that this year’s Salone can no longer go ahead.
The 2021 edition, which will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Salone, will be a special event for the entire sector. For the first time ever, all the biennial exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, S.Project and SaloneSatellite. This means that EuroCucina, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition will also take place next year, along with Euroluce, which was already scheduled for 2021.
This single, great sector-wide trade fair will represent a fresh opportunity to pull together to revitalise our businesses, the entire supply chain that works in synergy with the Salone, and Milan.
Helsinki Design Week will be organized from 9 to 19 September 2021 in the city and online. This year the main events will take place on Aleksanterinkatu, on the premises of Glasshouse Helsinki! HDW will be spread on the second, third, and fourth floors of the building.
The main exhibition is U-JOINTS. Initiated with a first show at the 2018 Milano Salone del Mobile in Milan, U-JOINTS is a project by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu that closely looks at the connections in architecture and design. HDW will host the fourth chapter, Knots & Knits.
“Often invisible, hidden elegantly within an object, joints can be overlooked. U-JOINTS sheds light on these hidden details and invites visitors to discover the beauty and quality of an object or structure starting from its detail. At Helsinki Design Week, Knots & Knits unravels the joints of textiles, fabrics, meshes, membranes, and ropework. Whether used in rigging, for lifting heavy objects, wrapping a lunch box or closing a gift, securing a funambulist’s highwire, to keep a climber from falling off a wall, or creating adventurous playgrounds for children, knots are considered the oldest and most basic techniques of joinery. The exhibition will examine all this and more,” Anniina Koivu tells Weekly.
The other program set is a series of installations titled “Office of the Future”. The past year has changed the way we do office work, perhaps for good. The need to be with other people has not vanished, however. Will offices become ever more important meeting places where we can experience unity, exchange ideas, and develop new solutions? How does premises/spatial design meet this necessity of change?
“Glasshouse believes that it is now more important than ever for design, art, research, architecture, and public and private companies to sit down together and find solutions to the environmental crisis that is developing around us at an increasing pace. We are all part of the answers. Helsinki Design Week is an influencer in this field, taking a stand and looking forward. In the world of Glasshouse Helsinki, HDW represents the encounter of thinking and co-creation,“ says CEO and founder of Glasshouse Helsinki Mirkku Kullberg.
Exceptional conditions due to the Covid19 pandemic continue, and we have taken this into account in planning our events for September. Without risking our health, we can expect to be able to participate in exhibitions, discussions, parties, and shopping opportunities, as well as the program of Children’s Design Week. There are also two open calls for content until 27 May. Find the full story here.
Design Diplomacy card game does delight in New York and Weekly!
An event known to us through Helsinki Design Week will be organized as part of the NYCXDESIGN Days between 13 and 18 May. This online design festival invites us to virtual visits to the residencies of the Nordic consulates in New York. We’ll be able to take a virtual tour in five unique residencies rarely given access to. Five Nordic countries have each invited two design professionals to participate in the game. Both of the players have experience and insight into what it is like to work in different cultures. A total of ten American and Nordic designers will meet by the card game.
Learn more about the event and get to know the speakers here.
With the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to prevent us from planning events smoothly, and with the results of the latest surveys carried out among exhibitors and visitors, Maison&Objet has decided not to hold the first session of the fair in 2021, initially scheduled for the end of March.
The next session of Maison&Objet Paris will therefore take place from the 9th to the 13th of September 2021, in conjunction with Paris Design Week.
This year, international buyers, specifiers, and members of the press will be able to attend both Milan and Paris and fully take advantage of these two major events in the fields of design, décor and lifestyle.
In September 2021, Maison&Objet Paris will enhance its programming with a focus on the Work! and Projects sectors. Work! is highly anticipated, with innovations for workspaces and the office, a field that has experienced major shifts in terms of design over the past few months. At a time when living spaces are continually redefining themselves, specifiers and interior designers will also discover Projects, an exclusive offer of materials and creative technical solutions for optimising hospitality, commercial, and residential spaces. The teams at Maison&Objet are working hard to offer a new experience, using digital tools that allow attendees to optimally prepare for their visit to the show, and keep it going over time, based on what they’ve learned from the digital events recently organised on MOM (Maison&Objet and More).
The 8 thematic Digital Days will be held every week from 27th January through 19th March 2021, every Wednesday through Friday. About Maison&Objet For 25 years now, Maison&Objet, organised by SAFI (a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France), has led and united the international design, home décor and lifestyle community.
The trademark of Maison&Objet is its unique ability to generate connections, boost business both during fairs and through its digital platform, but also its unique talent in highlighting the trends that drive the world of home décor. Revealing talents, offering opportunities and inspiration online and offline, and stimulating the growth of companies: such is the mission of Maison&Objet. Through two yearly fairs reserved for professionals, Maison&Objet Paris – and Paris Design Week, a public event in September that gathers all the creative energies of designers and brands altogether in the City of Lights, Maison&Objet is the essential platform for companies and designers who want to thrive in the home décor industry. Maison&Objet and More, or MOM, helps buyers and brands continue their conversations year-round, launch collections, and forge connections beyond physical meetings. New products and news on the latest design trends, launched weekly, energize the market continuously. On maison-objet.com, you can re-watch the talks that were given at the show, get inspired with Behind-the-Scenes exclusives, and stay up to date with the latest industry trends. On social media, conversations are enriched daily by an active community of 1M followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing, and WeChat.
Paris Design Week brings the mindset of Maison&Objet to the heart of the city from September 9th to 18th, 2021 to support the commercial activities of professionals in decoration, design, and fine crafts in Paris.
A 10-day fringe event. New concept stores, staged window displays, vernissages, stores that deserve a detour, meet ‘n’ greets with designers, festive events…
The next edition of Maison&Objet Paris will be held from January 22nd to 26th, 2021.
New dates for miart and Milano Art Week 2021.
Milan’s international modern and contemporary art fair, organised by Fiera Milano and the first under the artistic direction of Nicola Ricciardi, initially scheduled for its traditional slot in April, has been moved to 17 to 19 September 2021 (with the preview on 16 September) in fieramilanocity.
Following on from the 2020 online edition, which enabled gallery managers, collectors, art professionals and visitors to stay in touch, miart has identified its ideal window of opportunity in between Salone del Mobile (5-10 September) and Milan Fashion Week (21-27 September).
This decision stems from a rigorous assessment and determination not to compromise the attractiveness of miart, which has always distinguished itself due to its international vocation. Indeed these new dates will ensure the event stays true to this important and fundamental characteristic.
The aim is to create a fair that will be a solid and sincere opportunity for a restart: a “physical” edition enriched with and completed by a digital experience, thanks to an online platform offering innovative multimedia contents and new communication methods, further enhancing dialogue between modernity and contemporaneity, the very essence of miart.
Every year, miart is the key event of Milano ArtWeek, the packed celebration of exhibitions and events organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan’s Culture Department, bringing together the city’s leading public institutions and private foundations.
WHITE NEXT EDITION SEPTEMBER 23–26 2021
For this edition, the selection dedicated to contemporary craftsmanship, curated by Angelo Ruggeri and Valeria Oppenheimer, presents over 20 companies with a brand mix that ranges from clothing to footwear, passing through jewels. A selection of different brands, sharing the same DNA, that of “contemporary artisans” who offer Made in Italy creations, attentive to the image of the product and sustainability. Today, the craftsmanship that we can define as ‘contemporary’ is not only linked to the hand-made, but also to the ‘mind-made’, or rather to ‘doing with the head’, with ideas. The selection is therefore enriched by young brands founded by artisans expert in graphics and prints, by opinion makers who have relaunched the concept of footwear, or by creatives who have introduced new technologies to create innovative collections. This is the direction to follow today: mixing the tradition dedicated to the artisanal universe with the digitized allure of the present and the future. If until a few years ago, these micro-companies were on the margins of the fashion system, at the moment they are experiencing a phase in which they have the opportunity to conquer large markets. This is partly due to the digitization of the sector and the direct relationship that some media, especially social networks, allow to entertain with the end customer.
A necessary decision in maintaining your business in a market that is more aware and attentive to these dynamics.
Sustainable fashion represents the only viable way for the future of planet earth and of those who inhabit it as the fashion industry aims to establish a respectful relationship with the environment.
The selected brands represent this value because they aim to produce their garments using recycling and upcycling processes, to work with less polluting raw materials, to reduce the environmental impact of their production, and above all to work towards a path of traceability and transparency.
Eco-design has become a new way of conceiving fashion and this starts from the art of design, thinking of an item that is sustainable from its birth to its disposal.
The new frontier of craftsmanship where tradition coexists with modernity through the work of modern makers who combine image and product.
Uniqueness and attention to detail characterize all the products created by the selected brands that have been able to preserve an artisanal dimension by associating them with an avant-garde way of designing. Each object through the material and finishes tells a precise story that involves the consumer and makes them feel special.
Handcraft productions are more sustainable than large-scale distribution and give life to unique creations with a strong personality thanks to heritage, a concept that speaks of culture and makes each product a symbol of innovation through design.
Art Basel announces the exhibitor list for its 2021 edition in Basel, staging a strong in-person return to its Swiss show with 273 leading galleries
Art Basel is pleased to announce the list of exhibitors taking part in the 2021 edition of the fair in Basel. 273 leading galleries from across the globe will present the highest quality of works across all media, from rare and historical masterpieces to new works by today’s emerging artistic voices. A strong line-up of galleries from around Europe will be joined by new and returning exhibitors from across the world, including Asia, North and South America, the Middle East, and Africa.