Beijing and Vienna as design symbols

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Article from the 2011-09-29

After England and Finland also China and Austria begin with Design Weeks: Tomorrow begins the Vienna Design Week in Vienna, the Beijing Design Week runs since a few days.

The Vienna Design Week comes along with its habitual versatility again after five years of successful events. The organizers again created a versatile and divers festival that should enchant Vienna from the 30th of September to the 10th of October. This year, the focus lays on Leopoldstadt, the second common district of Vienna.

Cooperating with numerous partners – from the Vienna museum over producers and business men up to designers out of the world – Vienna becomes the platform and exposition city of design for ten days. The Vienna Design Week therefore does not have the character of an exposition but exposes a Vienna-specific variety of places and accesses. International but located, that is the motto – for example the cooperation with the central- and east Europe design scene is expanded by that.

The Vienna Design Week does not only expose design products, but also wants to display developments and production processes and improve experimental work on site. The festival visitors will thereby meet design, creating consciousness and creating questions or simply fun. The research of materials, mood values and interaction between person and object are the focus of design practice and are central origins of the Vienna Design Week.

With expositions, place-specific installations, theme-specials, discussion events, movie programs and enough possibilities of celebrating or also “networking”, the Vienna Design Week is not only an attraction point for the international design scene, but also wants to appeal explicitly the wide audience of the Vienna and Vienna visitors.

The complete Programm, the participants as well as further information about the Vienna Design Week are prepared on the according Homepage.

The Beijing Design Week already begun the 26th September in China’s capital and runs until the 3rd of October. It is organized by numerous Chinese ministers and communities and wants to present the Chinese design scene as well as improve it. The long-term aim is to change the label “Made in China” into “Design in China”.

During the Beijing Design Week, more than 130 events take place at different places in the whole city, among them more than 30 international events and more than 90 Chinese presentations. According to the organizers, more than 60 famous design-labels take place at the Beijing Design Week, and 800 international designers as well as several hundred thousand visitors were expected. Also the Italian manufacturer Alessi will be there presenting its exposition “(Un)Forbidden City” together with Gary Chang until the 31st of October.

Find further information about the Beijing Design Week as well as a list of the participants and events on the according Homepage.


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