XIV TALLINN DESIGN FESTIVAL
16.09.—22.09.2019 
FUTURE MATERIALS
The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 16 to 22 September 2019. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn will be revived. Read More...

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CONFERENCE "Future Materials"


International Conference "Future Materials"

 presents talks about how science, design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell, Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops on materials, hosted by the speakers.

International conference “Future Materials” presents talks about how science,design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell, Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops on materials, hosted by the speakers.

International conference “Future Materials” presents talks about how science,

design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable

environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of

materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of

new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great

importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical

experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell,

Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based

materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas

Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of

yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops

on materials, hosted by the speakers.



Workshop/Talk: Living the Modernist City - WWA*

The workshop will be held as part of the exhibition "Living
the Modernist City - WWA", curated by Kolektiv, a gallery and group of curators devoted to Modernism, established at Le Corbusier's Housing Unit in Marseille. This event will launch a series of events around the same theme, bringing together designers, graphic designers, architects, photographs, visual artists and scholars from different Central and Eastern European countries, to take place in 2019-2022.
On the 17th afternoon, we will first introduce the work of our Kolektiv, largely devoted to Central and Eastern European design scenes in relation to 20th century architecture, and how the project Living the Modernist City emerged. Following this introduction, our guest speaker will be Edgar Bąk, a major graphic designer in Poland, who left his print on a number of venues of Warsaw contemporary cultural scene, and witnessed the massive changes experienced by the polish metropolis since the late 1990s. He will share his own vision of the polish modernist city and of its considerable visual impact on contemporary design and creation. In relation to the festival's core theme, we will explore the following questions with the audience:

How signs can shape a city and ultimately be one of the materials a city is made of?
What is the experience of Warsaw and other modernist Eastern European cities to that regard?
How specific landmarks such as wall paintings, neons or key public buildings do contribute to create a sense of belonging that is specific to cities or districts built after 1950?

These themes could interestingly resonate also in the Baltics, where modernist landscape from the 1960-80s, although much present, is not fully perceived as autochthonous urban fabrics, but as the footprint of the former USSR rule. Attendance and participation is opened to anyone interested in (or inspired by) modernist aesthetics.


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