Tomorrow, the Isola Design Festival kicks off with a week of design events to inspire and connect designers and studios from all over the world. This year’s theme, “Together As One,” highlights the fact that design isn’t about one singular end product. It’s about the process, relations, and connections amongst designers, manufacturers, architects, and consumers. Throughout the festival, you’ll find this theme reiterated through the exhibitions and installations. Whether you’ll be able to attend in person or watch from afar, here are five program highlights you should check out:
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Sponsored by Heura, the No Space for Waste exhibition will highlight products that were made using byproduct materials or designed to minimize the environmental impact. One of the designers, Zavier Wong, a Singapore-born designer based in the Netherlands, created a series of tables made from discarded materials like scrap wood, steel, brick, styrofoam, and plastic.
Now in its third year, the Materialized exhibition showcases how designers are incorporating sustainable and innovative materials in their designs. Studio Peipei, based in Munich and founded by Benedikt Peirotén, designed vases using glass scraps and mussel shells. Other highlights includes tiles made from paper waste from By The End Of May and biomaterials created by Kuori.
At the Isola Design Gallery, design lovers can scope out an exhibit full of handmade, handcrafted products by independent designers from all over the world. A special section will be dedicated to showcasing 16 different ways to design a chair. Over 50 designers will be participating, including Olivier Van Der Mark, Jaclyn Pappalardo, Victor Hahner, Artish Studio, Object Density, Aina Kari, Alexandre Labruyere, and more.
A selection of Dutch designers from the Isola Design Community will present their latest works at The Dutch Atelier. This exhibition will showcase how the designers bring a sense of Dutch identity to their products, from traditional glassblowing to knitting to weaving techniques. The participants include Arno Hoogland, Bold Studio & Atelier Schaft, Rutger de Regt, Cooloo, Sofie Aaldering, Studio Noun, Studio Wae, Ivi van Keulen, Anouk Lemm, and Wisse Trooster.
For those who aren’t able to attend in person, Isola has launched a refresh of its digital platform. The website will showcase designer projects worldwide with new content going live every day. This platform allows you to get to know over 500 designers and 1000 projects and connect with creative professionals, businesses, and design lovers.