In line with this year’s slogan, the opening exhibition of Budapest Design Week is primarily intended to offer an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises launched after the regime change to introduce themselves. The majority of the presented projects involve products already manufactured or easily suited for serial production with little further development; moreover, some exciting experimental concepts are also flashed to evoke thoughts in visitors.
The projects curated for the exhibition were inspired by the rich mineral resources, diverse flora, rivers and excellent mineral waters, as well as the mineral-rich soil that sustains industrial crop growth in the Carpathian Basin – this being the starting point (or the start line, if you like), which is available to anyone, and which is a unique and unmistakeable feature in Hungary. The exhibition presents artworks that, even if implicitly, direct attention to the values of natural resources, through their use of material and the symbolism of working it: putting sustainability into the focus, they wish to use the means of design to raise users’ awareness of the value of natural resources around us, as well as their own responsibility as designers and consumers in preserving and passing them on.
Expert: Andor Wesselényi-Garay
Curator: Hungarian Design Council / Budapest Design Week project team
HUNGARIAN DESIGN AWARD 2017
Following a tradition, an award ceremony will be held also this year to present the best of last year in the Hungarian design scene. The grant that has represented the most prestigious recognition in the profession for almost 40 years, along with the annual award announced by the Minister of National Economy, primarily aims to call market actors’ attention to the competitive potential offered by the creative industry, and to present the outstanding achievements of national innovation to a broader audience. As the notion of design keeps changing and is gathers complexity, the event offers a comprehensive overview of the trends representing the present and projecting the future of the design scene. Similarly to the previous years, the panel awarded products that represent a high added design value, are innovative, competitive, and meet international expectations, in addition to becoming an indispensable part of our everyday environment.
DESIGN MANAGEMENT AWARD 2017
The strategic application of design today is proved to increase competitiveness and is regarded by market actors as a profitable investment. The Hungarian Design Council founded the Design Management Award as a means to recognise the organisations that set an example by using the inventory of design and design-minded thinking, which has become an integral part of their operations also at the level of decision-making processes. This recognition may motivate organisations and institutions by showcasing good practices, while offering an exciting glimpse into the secrets of corporate success to those interested. In addition to the four awarded companies, four other organisations that have received certificates of recognition are also presented at the exhibition.
Admission to the award ceremony: on presentation of an invitation.
Organised by the Hungarian Design Award
The open innovation workshop FabLab Budapest is a library of manufacturing technologies, where you can find a woodshop next to 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters. During the week you can learn more about the services of the lab where AB concrete design and Fabatka brands will be introduced.
H6 is group of six young jewelry designers. Six different relationships with jewelry, six different ways of thinking. One of them re-imagines the concept of jewelry with light, dance and space. Some of them give new meaning to how jewelry is worn by finding alternative uses for materials. Some are able to demonstrate the echelons of society with one jewelry collection. Their works differ but their common goal is to tell a story with jewelry. Be part of their story!
Designers: Anna Börcsök, Veronika Fazekas, Fruzsi Fekete, Kinga Horányi, Zsófia Neuzer, Nóra Tengely
This year KAZA organizes its first Hungarian tile design competition, where the winning design will go into production. At pointOne Center of Interior Design – home to one of the most unique TRE walls – long-standing KAZA designer Next Ship will talk about their design process and the competition will also be announced.
The world of work is constantly evolving - so how can organisations adapt their environments to keep up? At Budapest Design Week, Haworth will introduce our co-creation pop-up concept: IDEALab. Leveraging a temporal approach that explores new ways of working, IDEALab engages architects, end-users and product designers together to examine and create new application-based designs that can improve community and employee happiness in the workplace. Join to the program at Infopark to find out more.
What is the road to opening a multibrand shop? Dóra Juhász and Gabó Szerencsés once started out as two different designer brands until they jointly founded the formation Lucky Shepherd. In their showroom located in Buda, they give an account of their story about the development of their joint brand and successes.
Being a child in Budapest is a wonderful thing! Founder of the brand Janka Schwertner demonstrates how patched baby trousers are brought to life. What else: a workshop to pattern doll clothes and prepare a unicorn piñata. Venue: the workshop of 'the pici space' brand, which functions as a showroom and a workshop venue, concurrently.
How do you make design with a minimal eco-footprint? Find out everything you want to know about sustainable collections' design background. The studio is open to those whp are interested in the making of the AWARE by Printa secretless apparel. You will also have the opportunity to peep into the production process and meet the designer.
The Naan Design creates its leather goods and accessories through its value-centered glasses. Designer Natasa Litvin introduces visitors to her work and the spirit of creativity through the workshops where everyone can try working with leather. The second anniversary of the brand will also be celebrated at the event (participation fee at the workshop: 8900 Ft).