News - Philippe Starck speaks at MDW
During October 2013 Moscow Design Week turned its focus to the international stage, reflecting a plethora of talent worldwide. Russia's key design event event aims to create a native platform and develop a cultural, economic and professional design climate to position Moscow at the forefront of international design. Curated by well-known experimental designer Gregorio Spini, the event, hosted at the Artplay Hub, saw its aesthetic shifted from the oligarch-oriented pieces of old to more creative and bold designs.
Amongst many highlights, Philippe Starck was in Moscow to give a lecture covering a range of subjects, from his own ethics, aesthetic principles and commitment to sustainable, contemporary design to the bourgeoning ambitions of the Slovenian design industry. Slovenia is a European country striving to establish itself as an influential design force internationally. Starck has recently collaborated with Slovenian company, Riko, to create technologically innovative P.A.T.H. houses, “combining timeless design, high technology, comfort and respect for the environment." Innovations in Slovenian design were a hot topic at Moscow Design Week, particularly at the ‘Silent Revolutions’ exhibition. This presented a selection of Slovenian design spanning more than two decades focussing not only on the excellence of individual products but also on their position in the broader context of contemporary Slovenian design.
Set to become an annual event, the ‘Hospitality Design’ exhibition brought Moscow Design Week together in an Italian-Russian partnership with Fiera Milano. The exhibition aims to unite leading figures in the hospitality sphere in a showcase of new products, services and trends. Architects, designers, furniture, equipment and accessories manufacturers presented novelties of hospitality, restaurant and catering design, as well as brand new ecological, technological and safety projects.
Another exhibition of note was created by American product designer and artist Brad Ascalon. His fascinating series of upholstered chairs appear to melt, or ‘de-evolve’ before the eye. The project – ‘De-Evolution’, offers a physical representation of his belief in the erosion of the ‘American Dream.’
For more information on Moscow Design Week visit www.moscowdesignweek.ru