Madrid Design Festival in five exhibitions lifestyle
The capital is hosting the third edition of this event until 29 February with Turin as a guest city. With 290 activities planned and more than 400 professionals invited, the event transforms every corner of the city into an art gallery to “redesign the world,” as its motto suggests.
With three editions behind under its belt, the Madrid Design Festival returns to the capital to turn every street and corner into an art gallery. Under the slogan “redesign the world,” the event takes place throughout February with 290 activities, 69 exhibitions, seminars, workshops and talks in order to study design from all angles.
Sustainability, the educational role of design, responsible consumption of natural resources or homes of the future are just some of the topics addressed at the 11 official venues. In addition, this year the festival has added some guest centres to hold its events. These include CaixaForum, the ICO Museum, Tabacalera, El Instante Fundación and the Santa Bárbara Palace.
With Turin as a guest city (recognised by UNESCO at the end of 2014 as a “creative city” in the design category) , the festival will show the most innovative proposals of Italian design at events such as the Madrid Design Pro (until 15 February at the COAM), and to which leading industry experts will be attending, such as Giorgetto Giugiaro , Bruno Monguzzi, Nn Ery & Hu, Ron Arad, Mario Ruiz, Pepe García, Francesca Zampollo and Willie Williams.
The 400 professionals participating in the festival will be able to reflect on the transformative capacity of design and emerging talent to enrich “a dialogue that will stimulate the creation of a design culture from Madrid for the whole of society,” as its organisers point out.
From the Industrial Revolution to Patricia Urquiola
The Industrial Revolution changed the way we manufacture, consume and design. With the introduction of industrial machinery and work automation, objects acquired new uses and meaning.
This step from manual work to assembly lines is analysed in Funciono! Porque soy así (I work! Because I’m like that), the exhibition on industrial design that is part of this festival. Until 1 March, visitors attending the Fernan Gómez Theatre will be able to learn about the social change brought about by the industrial economy through 100 objects that the gallery owner, Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, has loaned for the occasion.
The exhibits are displayed according to their concept: Cheapen, Improve, Complement, Speed-up, Multifunction, Reduce, Signify and Implement, each of the items on display will dissect the dilemma between function and shape that began as far back as the 1950s and continues today.
In this same theatre Patricia Urquiola will be exhibiting her most personal work until 1 March. Under the title of Nature Morte Vivante , this retrospective exhibition traces the designer’s career chronologically through six still life paintings (Transparent Things, Emphatic Journeys, Resistances, Gender? What gender? Upcycling and Contamination). Each piece exhibited suggests a different artistic dialogue with Dalí’s painting, Nature Morte Vivante, and the defence of colour as its origin.
Urquiola, who founded her own studio in 2001, is here facing herself through her own memories and techniques, concentrated into every piece of furniture, lamp, carpet, vase, bathtub or ceramic. Urquiola versus Urquiola.
Back to the past and the future of design
With the 1960s came the first single by the Beatles (Love me do) and with it, major success for the Fab Four. The first cassette tapes also appeared, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon successfully completing the mission of Apollo 11 and from that “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, the internet appeared. This strange, but automatic way of communicating that was invented by the scientist John Licklider of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) through his Arpanet network.
This historical context is the setting for Open by Design.Industrial design and urban product in the 60s. The exhibition, which is being held in the Museo del Traje (Fashion Museum) until 22 March, is presenting the most iconic pieces of industrial design such as the Brionvega Radio by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso and the DG Studios lamp created by Eduardo Duque. An open reflection on the evolution of industrial design and its importance within contemporary Spanish society.
This return to the past is of great use in order to learn about the triumphs of Spanish design throughout the 20th century. One of the most prominent figures was Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (1918-2000), whose history, which is none other than architecture, is reviewed in Sáenz de Oiza, Arts and trades.
Located at the ICO Museum until 26 April, this exhibition explores the relationship Oiza maintained with the artists and architects he collaborated with: Eduardo Chillida, Pablo Palazuelo, Jorge Oteiza, Antonio López, Carlos Pascual de Lara, Alberto Schommer, Néstor Basterretxea and José Antonio Sistiaga, among others.
Curated by three of the architect’s children (Marisa, Javier and Vicente Sáenz Guerra), the exhibition discovers all the facets of Oiza, from his learning and teaching side to his way of living and understanding architecture through literature, philosophy or poetry.
Madrid Design Festival has organised an exhibition showing the shortlisted projects in the Toca Madera competition. Over 40 young designers from all over Spain participated in the event and their entries will be on show at the Fernan Gómez Theatre until 1 March.
The competition, organised jointly by AIDI (Association of Industrial Design Engineers) and AHEC (American Hardwood Export), set the participants the challenge of designing “infinite objects” using wood as their main material. The three winners will be announced this Saturday, 15 February, with three prizes worth a total of €5,000.
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