venice design 2019 exhibition challenges vital contemporary issues

venice design 2019 exhibition challenges vital contemporary issues

the innovative yet highly artisanal work of 60 international creators from 30 different countries unites in the venice design 2019 exhibition. open to the public from may 11 until november 24, 2019, the pioneering event coincides with the venice art biennale. once there, visitors are immersed within a setting that shares the experience of exploring the role of design in today’s society, and can actively interact with the creations.

preview of venice design 2019, project of mal burkinshaw (GBR)
image © matteo losurdo
(main image: outside view of palazzo michiel del brusà on the grand canal of venice, italy
image © matteo losurdo)



located in palazzo michiel del brusà, just 250 meters from the rialto bridge, venice design 2019 transforms the historic venue into a place of innovative discovery. the exhibition is hosted by the european cultural centre, who use the space to showcase the work of artistic and creative practices. like venice design, each event investigates imperative contemporary issues as well as artistic development in the city.

preview of venice design 2019, site-specific project from luce couillet (FRA)
image © matteo losurdo



as its fourth edition, the exhibition once again aims to bring together international, multidisciplinary projects. with the work of creatives from south korea all the way to chile, the showcase highlights global innovations that range from solutions for daily life through to consumer products and technologies. at the same time, however, the designs are all tributes to inter-disciplinary traditions. including intricate details and ancient techniques, this craftsmanship is exemplified to visitors from conception through to production processes.

mikaela steby stenfalk (SWE), collective collection: sistine chapel, 2019
image © mikaela steby stenfalk



each creative was selected based on how their work proposes and forms a dialogue with the public. the results enable the exhibition to become an immersive, engagement environment that presents challenging yet thought-provoking ideas. visitors are encouraged to participate and interact with the work; senses and perceptions are awakened, and reflections on important contemporary topics are stimulated. to further promote design in venice, guests are given city maps that list 42 local, independent craftsmen who can be discovered in the area.

gisela simas (BRA), bia – chair and ottoman, 2019
image © darwin campos


creative chef studio (NLD), the composition table, 2019
image © berend van breda


wearable media (USA), sound interactive lightweight coat, 2018
image © eric chang


hicham ghandour (LBN), wall light fixtures, 2018
image © wael khoury photography


farah abdelhamid (EGY), in-pression, 2019 
image © natasha yonan


view of beijing fenghemuchen’s (CHN) installation from venice design 2018, palazzo michiel, venice
image ©VeniceDocumentationProject


view of the main room from venice design 2018 exhibition, palazzo michiel, venice
image © lorenzo basadonna scarpa



project info:


exhibition: venice design 2019

venue: palazzo michiel del brusà

location: venice, italy

organizer: european cultural centre

dates: may 11 – november 24, 2019

participants: & society (KOR), farah abdelhamid (EGY), acoocooro (MEX), atelier areti (AUT/FRA), masayo ave (JPN/DEU), alexander bannink (NLD), lacy barry (USA), nina van bart (NLD), donald baugh (GBR), BC biermann (USA), loreta bilinskaite (LTU/ UAE), felicia björklund (SWE), nick boers (NLD), daniela buonvino (ITA), mal burkinshaw (GBR), piero castiglioni x barrisol® (ITA/FRA), kevin callaghan and peter carroll (IRL), barbara calvo (ITA), aziza chaouni projects and IFASSEN (MAR), sophia chraïbi giorgi (MAR), luce couillet (FRA), creative chef studio (NLD), dá design studio (NGA), DUODU (NOR), e’thaan (IND), saverio d’elia (ITA), julie helles eriksen (DNK), faina collection (UKR), hicham ghandour (LBN), GHYCZY (NLD), donna glubo-schwartz (USA), BARRIE HO architecture interiors ltd (CHN), joca van der horst (NLD), hsc designs (IND), megumi ito (DEU), ka sha (IND), silvia knueppel (DEU), alexander lorenz (AUT), LYK CARPET (DEU), tahir mahmood (PAK), benjamin méry (FRA), teresa moorhouse (FIN), brian naeyaert (USA), shrikant nivasarkar (IND), katalin huszár (HUN), jinhwa oh (KOR), pemara design (IRL), yann peron (FRA), annick l petersen (GBR), QSTUDIO (CHL), revology (NLZ), royal college of art – design products (GBR), louise-anne van ‘t riet (BEL), scandinavia form (SWE), selek (USA), gisela simas (BRA), mikaela steby stenfalk (SWE), jake szymanski and alexandra kohl (USA), suzanne tick (USA), chantal tramasure (BDI), wearable media (USA), worktecht (JPN), jungmo yang (KOR), yeongkyu YOO X coway (KOR), monika zabel (DEU), hongtao zhou (CHN)

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