joi, 30 aprilie 2009

The VIENNA DESIGN WEEK ambassadors convey a feeling of Vienna to Berlin

From June 3 to 7, three designers act as forerunners of the Viennese design festival by showcasing experimental Austrian design projects

With its “Embassy”, the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK opens its temporary branch from June 3 to 7 at the International Design Festival DMY in Berlin for the second time. Design highlights of last year’s Passionswege (Paths of Passion), the central part of the festival programme, will be on display. In the framework of “DMY Allstars”, three young designers present experimental projects that were developed in collaboration with traditional Viennese companies. The VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Embassy wants to tempt visitors to come to Vienna during the third edition of the design event from October 1 until 11.

“City Shades” by Maxim Velčovský and J. & L. Lobmeyr

The “City Shades” by Czech designer Maxim Velčovský and the glass-chandelier-manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr already caused a stir internationally. In February, the backlit cityscapes made of glass and chandelier parts were granted the Wallpaper Design Award 2009 in the category “best commission”. Each year, the magazine awards this prize to “the very finest things that caught our collective eye over the last year”. Moreover, three of the cityscapes travel to the most important European tourism fairs accompanied by the Vienna Tourist Board.

“Cap’s” by Marco Dessi and Augarten Porcellain

In his presentation “Cap’s”, the young South Tyrolean Marco Dessi toys with the mostly invisible production process of porcellain. Together with Augarten, tradition-steeped Austrian porcellain manufacturer, the designer changes conventional fabrication techniques and thus creates new objects as well as a special edition. At the beginning of 2009, Dessi was selected by the American I.D. Magazine as one of “40 bright, young designers”.

Chandelier-Performance by Megumi Ito and Altmann & Kühne

Megumi Ito, a Japanese living in Austria, impresses with extraordinary lamp design. For the Passionswege 2008, she developed a comprehensive installation in the premises of Confectionery Altmann & Kühne that were originally designed by Josef Hoffmann. In her live performance in Berlin, Ito will convert fabrics by Austrian textile producer Backhausen that present motives of the confectionery into lampshades and objects. The “work in progress” can be experienced from June 3 to 5. The luminaires will then be on display for the whole Embassy period (until June 7).

The showcasing of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Embassy is made possible by the kind support of Vienna Tourist Board and Kulturforum Berlin.

Design Ambassadors of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Embassy
Marco Dessi -
Megumi Ito -
Maxim Velčovský -

Address of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Embassy
DMY Allstars, ÏMA Design Village, Ritterstraße 12-14, 10969 Berlin / Germany

Opening hours: Juni 4-6 from noon to 10pm, June 7 from noon to 6pm

Entrance fee Day Pass DMY Allstars: 8,00 € / reduced 6,00 €

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