Today’s design is so multifaceted

Designer Johanna Pichlbauer (left) and Alice Stori Liechtenstein, mistress and curator of Schloss Hollenegg (right). (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Philipp Podesser / Kollektiv Fischka)

Vienna Design Week

Design Week is currently taking place in Vienna. Read here which exhibitions and presentations are particularly recommended this year.

Vienna Design Week (VDW) takes place for the 16th time this year. The festival shows the many facets of the design discipline. The nomadic festival headquarters offers a new look at Vienna’s districts every year: in 2022 it’s the turn to the area around Mariahilfer Strasse. It is particularly recommended to visit these exhibitions and presentations at various locations:

1. Passionswege: Anna Zimmermann with Bakalowits

Passionswege has been part of the festival since the beginning of VDW. After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the format is now being continued. Local and international designers are brought together with Viennese craft companies. The experimental designs are created without marketing pressure and show the innovative potential of the craft.

The Passionswege format is an integral part of VDW.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

The Passionswege format is an integral part of VDW. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

This year, the Swiss designer Anna Zimmermann has collaborated with the nearly 180-year-old company Bakalowits, known for crystal chandeliers. She did not focus on glass, but on the expertise in metal processing. More furniture and accessories were created.

2. Design in the company: Ding Dong!

Design in Society is not a collective, but an interdisciplinary study community that was formed in the 20th district last year. The 11 participating designers also use the loft-like space for exhibitions. As part of the design week, they invited acquaintances and friends to submit an object or piece of furniture. The curated living landscape shows how inventive and honest design can be. This is how sustainability works without greenwashing!

Design by friends and acquaintances at the Design in Gesellschaft study community.  (Image: Design in society)

Design by friends and acquaintances at the Design in Gesellschaft study community. (Image: Design in society)

3. King Arthur – Austria’s largest round table

VDW regularly uses fallow land for presentations, especially for the “City Work” format. This year, one of the three festival headquarters is located in one of these rare urban areas. Several forward-looking projects can be seen.

Miramondo is a manufacturer of furniture for public spaces, founded in 1999. The Austrian company made a 15.5 meter long table especially for VDW, which meanders through the venue. An urban meeting place that gives people something to talk about.

On 15.5.  meter long table was made by Miramondo especially for VDW.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Philipp Podesser / Kollektiv Fischka)

On 15.5. meter long table was made by Miramondo especially for VDW. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Philipp Podesser / Kollektiv Fischka)

4. Urban work: Dry share and carry, Mariahüf!

Mariahilfer Strasse is a well-known shopping street in Vienna, where many international brands offer their fast fashion products for sale. One of this year’s three Stadtarbeit projects deals with this very topic. The artist Nina Sandino and the designer Alexandra Fruhstorfer have teamed up to promote the fashion discourse through a mobile intervention. With his journey «OMG! Open Mobile Garment Vehicles” stops at various stops along Mariahilfer Strasse during the festival days and invites you to a roving garment swap party between the Westbahnhof and the MuseumsQuartier.

A toy exchange party.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / collective Fischka)

A toy exchange party. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / collective Fischka)

5. Saint Charles Pharmacy: Licking Rocks

We usually drink tea when we are sick. The tea culture from Asia teaches us that the tea ceremony can also be a beneficial everyday ritual. Such moments of pause are also an opportunity to sharpen your own senses and enter into dialogue with our surroundings.

Convinced of this potential, the two designers Julia Schwarz and Lisi Penker from the Simiæn research group created tea glasses made of natural stone. Together with pharmacist Alexander Ehrmann from the well-known Viennese Saint-Charles pharmacy, an infusion was also created based on lichen, a fascinating plant that could play an important role in the nutrition of the future.

Natural stone tea glass.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / collective Fischka)

Natural stone tea glass. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / collective Fischka)

6. Studio Jutta Goessl: Think about the box

The “Urban Food & Design” format is part of VDW for the fifth time and was created in close cooperation with the Vienna Business Agency. Four projects will be presented this year, one of them in a very special location, the Palmenhaus near the Burggarten.

We all know by now that food packaging is an environmental risk. Because they usually end up in the bin. How can food be packaged in such a way that we change our behavior in relation to it? The designer Jutta Goessl has found a convincing solution. She worked with Therese Imre, the founder of the digital farmer’s market “markta”. The installation in the palm house gives an insight into the reusable packaging collection and invites you to taste regional products.

Packaging that should not end up in the trash.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Karo Pernegger / Kollektiv Fischka)

Packaging that should not end up in the trash. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Karo Pernegger / Kollektiv Fischka)

7. Johanna Pichlbauer: Mounted porcelain

The designer Johanna Pichlbauer was invited by Schloss Hollenegg to design this year to deal with the exhibition motto “East to West”. She found ancient porcelain vases in the castle’s collection, many of them of Asian origin. With her subtle interventions in the plays, she draws attention to the cultural transfer, which especially today gives rise to intensive discussions. The objects are presented in the festival’s headquarters in the vault – beautifully arranged on an old piece of Chinese furniture that also comes from Hollenegg Castle.

Johanna Pichlbauer has reinterpreted the porcelain vases from Hollenegg Castle.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Philipp Podesser / Kollektiv Fischka)

Johanna Pichlbauer has reinterpreted the porcelain vases from Hollenegg Castle. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Philipp Podesser / Kollektiv Fischka)

8. Olga Flór: The secret life of objects

The new boutique hotel Motto is located in the focal district of Mariahilf and is also this year part of VDW. Several designs by the Dutch designer and artist Olga Flór are exhibited in a display case in the entrance area.

Dutch designer and artist Olga Flór.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

Dutch designer and artist Olga Flór. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

Her aluminum objects from the “Oasis” series are small sculptures that take a tender look at everyday life. Flór experiments with different techniques and is particularly interested in malleable materials.

Aluminum objects from the «Oasis» series.  (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

Aluminum objects from the «Oasis» series. (Image: VIENNA DESIGN WEEK / Kramar / Collective Fischka)

Her enchanting design invites contemplation and thus questions our fast and consumer-oriented way of life. The restaurant on the hotel’s top floor is also highly recommended for a break in between.

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