State of Design 2017 | Berlin Design Week

From June, 1rst to June, 4th the second edition of the recent and yearly design festival STATE OF DESIGN took place in Berlin. The event debated on the issue of future design by triggering crossovers between the rapidly growing categories in the field, such as product, industrial, experimental, critical and social design. The visitors of the event had a chance to check various exhibitions, to take part to workshops, to attend the participants’ talks. The review of Lithuanian design (past, present, future) was thereby presented by the CEO of Lithuanian design forum – Audronė Drungilaitė.

The latest works of the national and international big players and newcomers of the design scene have been showcased on more than 1200 sqm: Olafur Eliasson, Mischer’Traxler, Studio Swine, Frederik Kurzweg, Joa Herrenknecht, Thomas Schnur, 200 grs and many more exhibitors – over 80 – paid their respect to Berlin. The patron of state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 and District Mayor of Berlin-Neukölln, Dr. Franziska Giffey, opened the Berlin Design Night on June, 2nd.

This year the Lithuanian Design Forum joined the event as well, and presented 10 young Lithuanian designers and their works:

SIMONA KAUNAITĖ / A CHAIR AND A TABLE

Ceramics design studio specializing in producing tableware, objects and decorations. To produce ceramics we use porcelain and stoneware. Pieces are resistant because of high firing temperature. We are working in small batches. We are using a potters wheel or slip casting technique. All our glazes are food safe.

ŠIAURĖ

Šiaurė [‘shəu-rē] means North in Lithuanian. Šiaurė is a place where rationality of design meets mastery of craftsmanship. Šiaurė is a Lithuanian brand focusing on handcrafted pieces. We create products by inviting designers, artists, and craftsmen to collaborate. The collection is presented within the articles revealing the process of each product and other creative practices in the frame of design, art, craft, and heritage.

NAMUOS

This design studio sells interior décor accessories. Our mission is functionality, quality and simplicity. NAMUOS objects are dedicated to your home, office, hotel or restaurant and created by Lithuanian designers (mainly by Barbora Adamonytė-Keidūnė). The simple shape of our objects is reached by using natural colours and materials such as wood, bees wax, linen, leather, clay and brass.

EMKO

Emko is a Lithuanian-based furniture design and home-accessory company. Our roots are set in the ancient Baltic tradition of craftsmanship, at the intersection of three distinct cultural spaces: the Northern Scandinavian, the Western European and the Eastern Russian. Our present is open and inviting, welcoming talented designers from all over the globe. We design and manufacture for an active, modern and responsible market.

DD WORKSHOP

Synthesis of aesthetics, minimalism, expression and restrained luxury in jewellery. All pieces are hand made out of noble metals and precious stones, intended for sophisticated women. A concept of femininity in a modern and constantly changing society is a central aspect of our creative process.

RUTRUT

The author of the idea is Rūta Indriūnaitė who has been engaged in creative activity in the field of applied ceramics, actively participated in exhibitions already for 10 years; is a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association. The latest Rutrut collection is Calm edge in which a mature calm look of the artist merges with the fragility of white clay transforming into smooth sloping planes and edges of decorative ceramics. Calm edge collection is a sense of beauty of the oldest craft and expressive moderate aesthetics.

MARCH

Product development company, founded in 2012 by Martynas Kazimierėnas and Egle Opeikienė. It currently operates from headquarters under the oak trees in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital city. MARCH creates its own products and collaborates with other creative folk as well. The company looks for a good idea in the first place, then proceeds with design, production and hands-on management. Currently MARCH products vary from extraordinary writable T-shirts, wearable and interior accessories to hand made lollipops. There are always something new coming out of us!

INDI

Lithuanian based creative studio which designs original lighting and home objects. The individuality of Lithuanian design, Baltic spirit and Nordic minimalism inspires us to create distinctive lifestyle aesthetics full of light and witty ideas. During the cold season in Lithuania days become very short, we experience the lack of sun and natural light. The main goal is to create things that will not only be aesthetic, environment friendly, but also have their original implication and excite the imagination. The illusion of heavy monolith and incredible corporal lightness combines an impressive union in KABO lamp. Materials: handmade cellulose.

NOEMA PAPER HOUSE

Stationery house built to encourage people to live life with a happy attitude & create balance within it. We endeavor to bring more joy, inner peace & love into people’s life with their own passion, inspiration & excitement for whatever comes. All our products are proudly made with incredible care & attention at every stage of their production. It reflects our love of typography, stationery curiosities & aims to deliver individual designs. We produce & create idea based & distinctive paper goods.

HELLO!MOON

Established in the year 2012, HELLO!MOON creates textile items such as T-shirts, dresses, tote bags and hats with phosphoric or reflective function for creative, active people fascinated by the moon and its light. The essence of our idea is to create bright items for bright people! HELLO!MOON winter hats with reflective PomPoms were awarded a prestigious “Red Dot“ Award: Product Design 2016 (Statement by the jury: »When designing the knitted woollen hat HELLO!MOON, the focus was on safety – without, however, failing to make it look stylish.«). HELLO!MOON was also awarded a Lithuanian national design prize GOOD DESIGN.

More under www.stateofdesign.berlin

Facebook event HERE.

Media kit (photos, press release) HERE.

The Lithuanian representation in Berlin is funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

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