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Bologna Design Week 2016

The worlds of design and creativity, education and production are set to meet in Bologna for the second edition of BDW. From Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, and with previews to be held on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September, a packed programme of cultural events, exhibitions and design talks will be hosted in historic buildings in the city

Bologna Design Week is an international show promoting design culture as part of a network of process design and regional promotion events. It aims to foster distributed creativity by promoting collaboration between institutions, companies, designers, universities, research institutions, associations and individuals in keeping with principles of co-design and participatory design. All data are published on an open-source basis on the website bolognadesignweek.com.

For a week, in conjunction with CERSAIE, BDW will host public exhibitions, workshops, book presentations, conferences and design talks held in old buildings, galleries and other unique locations in the city. BDW will bring together cultural, productive, distributive and creative excellences from the local area and elsewhere in an integrated communication network aimed at creating synergies between industry, culture and creativity.

This second edition of the event will feature plenty of new initiatives. In the courtyard of Palazzo Pepoli, the Bologna History Museum will host “Miniature Exhibition – 100 classic chairs”, an exhibition of these historic design icons curated by Vitra. On the mezzanine floor, an exhibition entitled “Freewheel. Dino Gavina, for design” curated by Elena Brigi and Daniele Vincenzi will feature content from the exhibition Dino Gavina “Lampi di design”, held in 2010 at MAMbo, Bologna Museum of Modern Art and seen at the time as a platform for future-looking research. Today, as then, it confirms the contemporary relevance of the work of Gavina and his collaborators and prompts reflection on the themes of invention, innovation, identity and internationalisation – in other words the criteria behind the award set up in his memory. The Dino Gavina Award, due to be launched on the evening of 26 September, has been strongly promoted by the University of Bologna to raise public awareness of Gavina’s international role as an “inventor, forerunner and innovator”. It will be held every two years and will be presented to designers, companies and businesses in recognition of excellence in the field of design.

Palazzo Pepoli will also stage a screening of the short film Loving Gio Ponti, directed by Francesca Molteni.

The eighteenth-century rooms in Palazzo Isolani will feature installations by companies and designers in the surface coverings and materials sector. Palazzo Zambeccari will host an exhibition of the winning submissions to the A’ Design Award & Competition, consisting of a selection of international companies and designers, while Palazzo de’ Toschi will host an international symposium organised by the University of Bologna and entitled “Wearabil_IT”, which will discuss the new challenges and opportunities deriving from the convergence between fashion and wearable computing. The old Anatomy Theatre, located inside the Archiginnasio Municipal Library, has been chosen as the venue for “Dissections of everyday life”, a series of lectures on objects in relation to the bodies of users given by Alberto Meda, Marco Zanuso Jr. and Marco Zito and introduced by Mario Turci and Flaviano Celaschi. In keeping with its historic role as a meeting point between fashion, art and design, Galleria Cavour will host a series of events and installations inside the luxury gallery and the temporary store of Giampaolo Gazziero, designed by Giulio Cappellini and Paolo Castelli.

The rooms in the Ex Atelier Corradi will house the creations of international fashion designers in an exhibition entitled Fashion & Design, two worlds that come together and reinvent themselves in a constructive dialogue. The unfinished spaces in the Ex Ospedale dei Bastardini will serve as the splendid setting for the installation of Sapienstone as well as the winning projects in the international Play Design competition promoted in cooperation with the Municipality of Bologna, IncrediBOL! and the UNESCO network of Creative cities. They will also host designs and prototypes produced by students at the participating universities, including the Industrial Product Design and Fashion Cultures and Techniques courses at the University of Bologna, IUAV – San Marino campus, and L.UN.A. Libera Università delle Arti, to mention just a few.

The Info and Press point area will feature furnishings designed by Matteo Ragni for Essent’ial. Palazzo Hydra will host the photographic project devoted to interiors of prestigious buildings in Bologna, curated by Engel&Voelkers in collaboration with Molteni&C and Vitra.

Dates: from 26 September to 1 October 2016 in conjunction with CERSAIE, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings.

To find out more, visit www.bolognadesignweek.com

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