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.
|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.
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.
Cersaie is considered as the not-to-be-missed event for the surfaces and bathroom furnishings sectors.
Cersaie will be held in the Bologna Exhibition Centre from September the 27th to October the 1st.
The show will adopt a safer, more engaging and more international exhibition format.
It will allow rethinking the world of architecture and home design in a way that brings together health and beauty.