What makes an object useful, engaging and beautiful? What is it about a distinct design that conveys calm, wonder and excitement in the user and helps us recall a moment in time? Artisphere and Apartment Zero
have teamed up to present the Washington, DC International Design Festival, a free three-month long multi-disciplinary celebration of design, featuring the exhibition The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century
, curated and produced by Apartment Zero co-owner Douglas Burton. The Next Wave
is a 4,000 square foot exhibition exploring innovation in product design from Spain, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., Scandinavia and the United States spanning the last 13 years. Featuring one-offs, prototypes and pieces in production concentrating on the areas of eco-friendly design, functionality and minimalism, the conceptual and the avant-garde, over 100 objects will be on view, ranging from lighting, furniture, textile, and product, to electronics, housewares, tools and interactive design. The Next Wave
allows the viewer to experience objects that are works of art in themselves, each project sparking a new dialogue and diffusing preconceived notions of design versus art and beauty versus function, while still capturing the spirit of the times. An idea can be so simple that it is condensed and concentrated into its most basic parts. This is The Next Wave
The Washington, DC International Design Festival will also feature a series of free public programs
including lectures, film, video and photo competition. A small retail shop will also accompany the festival, where certain items from The Next Wave
can be purchased.
Part of The Washington, DC International Design Festival; Presented in collaboration with Apartment Zero; Curated by Apartment Zero co-owner Douglas Burton.
The Next Wave is supported by media sponsor Surface Magazine, industry sponsor the Industrial Designers Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter and was produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute and Spain Arts & Culture, the Embassy of Spain and the Spain USA Foundation’s cultural program.
WASHINGTON, DC INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FESTIVAL FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS
JUXTAPOSED: AN INTERACTIVE PHOTO CONTEST
Thu Feb 21 - Sun May 19 / Online via Apartment Zero’s Flickr Photostream
DESIGN IS ONE: LELLA AND MASSIMO VIGNELLI
Fri March 15 / 7pm / Free / Dome Theatre
OH SAY CAN’T YOU SEE: What Happened to American Design?
Sat April 20 / 5–6:30pm; Q&A and reception to follow / Free / Dome Theatre
ROBERTO PALOMBA: Italian Industrial Designer
Wed May 15 / 6pm; Talk + tour with reception to follow / Free / Terrace Gallery