This upcoming weekend is all over the radar of design. Multiple happenings lure product and fashion designers from all over the world to our beloved city. Design has become an important creative field in this city – 10 years ago, making a living in the creative industry was fairly impossible. Nowadays tons of small studios, ateliers and design manufactures build businesses in town. This weekend not only do you have the chance to visit the spaces of these small studios, but you can also discover international design coming to Berlin for the DMY fair. This and three other design highlights in our little design guide for the weekend.
Yesterday we paid a visit to the opening of the DMY 2015 – the International Design Festival in Berlin. Until Sunday you can still see the exhibition with its new talents and designs. With the Kraftwerk in Mitte the festival team found an amazing new location. Yet, some of the exhibition set-up could have been more adjusted to the cool looks of the industrial building – quite a symbol for the raw Berlin during the 90’s. For some of the exhibitors it appeared to be a challenge to take advantage of the great space as their booths sometimes felt a bit too improvised. Still, there were some really interesting and inspiring designs to see. Have a look at some of our impressions and favorite designs after the jump.
Last night the annual DMY Festival for young product design opened its exhibition at the Tempelhof Airport and we took the opportunity to pay a visit and take some photos for you. There was some great designs and ideas there to be found, my favorites being the clever cardboard furniture by Room in a Box, the amazing Street Food Kitchen by Anna Liesch (would be so practical for the Bite Club), the Veener Shoes by Tobias Jänecke, as well as the Snego play set by the students of the Lund Universaty. The exhibition will be open until Sunday, June 1, and there are even some design products for sale there. Get a first impression with our photo set after the jump.
The design week just started and I just visited the maybe most central event – the DMY fair. Assuming DMY could be compared to other fairs at Flughafen Tempelhof like Bread & Butter is quiet wrong. Experiencing the hangars transforming themselves into giant cocoons for small but bright ideas is every year a unique pleasure of this specific fair. At DMY you will not experience the exhibition of any big design brand like in Milan. But for sure you can see international ideas and refined aesthetics brought to the table. The exhibition surfaces are mostly made of natural materials like wood or stone. Most of the design objects themselves are again a combination of new developed (sometimes recycled) materials and traditional materials like glass, ceramic and wood. What I noticed in comparison to the years before, is that there was less architecture and design for the public space replaced with a lot of home ware and functional interior objects. In general I liked the exhibition even if some holistic design concepts would have inspired me more than just to see individual pieces all great by themselves but not connected to anything. My photographic impressions after the jump.
We all love design. But what exactly do we mean by that? I actually think that people always associates design with “things that look pretty”. I am really bothered by such thoughts, because I know that design is so much more. Great design for me should always try to achieve the perfect combination between beauty and functionality. A lot of great projects and ideas where presented at the international design festival DMY in Berlin last week. If you wanted to check out some really innovative design companies you might have been disapointed. Actually the main stands where from tourist boards of several countries presenting an overview of some of their new design talents and the several German design universities who showed the students’ graduation projects. Still, I have some wonderful impressions of my little stroll over the DMY for you after the jump.
What’s up in Berlin this week? The DMY, that’s what’s up! And along with the big design festival at Tempelhof Airport come a truckload of satellite events all over the city. We also have some nice exhibition openings this week as well as a very awesome Berghain party with the hottest acts in town. These and more events after the jump.
The DMY International Design Festival Berlin has become quite the major event in the past few years. The main festival at the Flughafen Tempelhof with numorous satellite events all over the city is therefore quite dominantly featured in this weeks event guide. Another highlight is definately the new store opening of one of my favorite Berlin labels JULIAANDBEN. More events and parties after the jump.
I’m not entirly sure if a wooden notebook case is all that practical, but it sure as hell looks good! This wonderful design object is a product of Berlin-based interior and furniture designer Rainer Spehl who will open his new exhibition tomorrow at the A.D.Deertz shop at Kastanienallee as a part of the DMY Shop Day. Spehl has not only furnished this store but also other Berlin places like the well known boutiques Akif and Konk. You might also have stumbled across his benches and tables down the U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz. More photos of his work and details about the exhibition after the jump.
Time flies by and a new weekend is ahead and offers us a lot of opportunities to spend the nights – as usual. But this time the dancefloors of Berlin will stay free of me as I will head over to Hamburg to help my BFF who just came back from an 8-month trip through South America to overcome her craving for Caipirinha. I’m more the Vodka type anyways…
For those of you who will be in town, here are our party recommendations for the weekend: Firstly, tonight Create Berlin is throwing a DMY party at Betahaus tonight in Kreuzberg. The official Klublabor parties of the DMY Festival are all taking place at WMF. I especially recommend the one on Saturday with our girls the Sick Girls and Paris Suit Yourself. More parties after the jump.