09/10/2019 - Austria’s biggest and most international design festival addresses essential and topical issues relating to design. Designers from Vienna, Austria and all of Europe experiment, present and discuss. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK
interlinks and activates the entire city and its design potentials. From 27 September to 6 October 2019, Vienna once more became a City Full of Design
for the 13th time in a row.
The festival views design as an integral element of everyday life that far transcends any merely aesthetic contribution but rather acts as a multifaceted, deeply effective instrument of society.
VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, Festival Campaign
On ten days in autumn, Vienna presented design in its myriad formats – exhibitions, product presentations, workshops, participatory projects, talks and tours across the city – while this year’s focus district Alsergrund revealed novel, surprising and trendsetting insights. The event featureed national and international projects, positions, creative and production processes as well as experimental approaches in the fields of architecture or graphics as well as product, furniture, industrial and social design. However, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is not conceived solely for an expert audience but open to discourse in all directions by involving both an interested local public and visitors to Vienna. The objective lies in familiarising the widest possible audience with the innovations, concepts and design processes underpinning the products and systems that surround us.
VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, Festival Center
As a content-oriented design festival, the 13th VIENNA DESIGN WEEK was concerned, precisely like its predecessors, with making the wide range of issues, challenges, work practices and problem-solving skills in design visible and perceptible.
“Digital change impacts the ways in which we live, work, communicate and move – today and even more so in the coming years. Design is a playground for innovation as well as the discipline that provides the tools that help us to integrate these processes of change sensitively into our everyday lives. At the same time, it is an artistic discipline, with positions that are political, demand critical engagement and refute easy compliance. In the digital era, design is the hub that gives shape to our everyday lives”, says Lilli Hollein, Festival Director.
New projects too, are developed in the context of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. Towards this goal, the festival adopts a varied curated programme and strives for innovation. By blending and combining different disciplines, special attention is given to the links between design and business and to the promotion of experimental approaches. As a result, the festival has established itself as a steadily growing network of Austrian and international creative professionals and enterprises that unites and mutually strengthens culture, business and media.
GUEST COUNTRY FINLAND
With its changing focus, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK aims to grant detailed insights into the creative work of a different European country year after year. Finnish design is inextricably linked to such characteristic and renowned brands as Artek, Iittala or Marimekko. Leading Finnish designers like Alvar Aalto are considered modern classics, Nokia wrote design history with the first generations of mobile phones, and the Finnish sauna is the mother of all spas. Shedding a light on this multifaceted history of design was with the exhibition "Wild at Heart" part of this year’s festival.
GUEST COUNTRY FINLAND, Wild at Heart exhibition
GUEST COUNTRY FINLAND, Wild at Heart exhibition
Design as a connecting, creative-productive element: Passion Paths curated by VIENNA DESIGN WEEK was a showcase of collaborations on equal terms between designers and Viennese crafts and artisan enterprises. On the basis of an intensive exchange of know-how, an open process facilitates experiments free of commercial constraints in order to develop unexpected solutions, projects and products – or simply to ask the right questions.
PASSIONSWEGE, Drechslerei Viehauser X Studio Sain
PASSIONSWEGE, Teresa Berger X Galvanik Austria
PASSIONSWEGE, Lobmeyr X Ville Kokkonen
Alongside the curated formats, program partners contributed significantly to the great variety of the festival. National and international enterprises, museums, institutions, galleries and design studios were invited to present their activities through temporary contributions in the course of the ten-day event. The contributions familiarised festival visitors with design from a great variety of perspectives in addition to reflecting the creative potential of the world of economy and business. Cultural institutions pooled their presence in the context of the festival, and the integration of the local scene into international networks was made visible.
PROGRAMMPARTNER, Vegetable Living Room Takeover! - Raiseaplant
PROGRAMMPARTNER, Teppichgalerie Geba