Hydroformed metal furniture, chairs made from fabric, robots and a spirit of open creativity take over the cavernous old hangars of Berlin’s former airport Tempelhof this week, as over 400 designers from around the world gather for the annual DMY International Design Festival.
Chosen by a jury including Berlin designers and long-time DMY participants Jerszy Seymour and Werner Aisslinger, the show features a wide array of talents with everything from avant-garde experiments to startling product prototypes to finished goods, from up-and-coming youngsters to polished pros.
There’s a special focus this year on digital media and production, as well as features from Vienna Design Week, Swiss Design Prize, design city Buenos Aires and the Seoul Design Festival.
It’ll certainly have that scruffy Berlin spirit of fun and improvisation in tumbledown spaces, but on show will also be the serious purpose of design: to make everyday objects stand out, to make special objects in a commodity economy, and to improve the things that surround us. As they say, good design enables, bad design disables.
If that wasn’t enough, DMY will also feature design workshops, a symposium and plenty of parties.
The festival kicks off Wednesday June 9, at 8:00 pm.
Tempelhof Airport is located at U-Bahn station Platz der Luftbrücke.
Entrance is €10 and the show runs through Sunday.