Every year we are excited go to Graz for the Designmonat, and this year was no exception!
Design Month Graz bundles and condenses the energy of the local creative industries within one month, makes it visible to the outside world and thus makes a central contribution to anchoring the creative industries in people’s consciousness.
This year the theme was Green Transition. During the Design Month 2022 from May 7 to June 12, the UNESCO City of Design Graz will feature a dense program with around 100 items to provide insights into a broad range of design disciplines.
In 2022, for the 13th time, the Design Month – organized and coordinated by Creative Industries Styria – offers a platform to network and highlight design and de- signers. After two years shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Styrian de- sign festival is back once again with a range of in-person event formats and a packed program schedule.
This year’s program focus ‘Green Transition’ is in line with the European ‘Green Deal’ and the ‘New European Bauhaus’ initiative. The European climate goals cannot be achieved simply through the cultural commitment and creative intelligence of a single eco- nomic sector. An enormous collective effort is required. European culture and the creative industries have a vital role in ensuring that this is achieved. With exhibitions, workshops and events, the Design Month Graz is showing where this journey will take us,” explains Eberhard Schrempf, General Manager of Creative Industries Styria.
Here are the highlights from our visit
Initiated and curated by Vandasye, the exhibition DESIGN EVERYDAY shows outstandingly designed everyday objects from the Austrian design scene.
Design Everyday is an ongoing project curated by Vandasye, which has been shown annually since 2017 as part of Vienna Design Week and is accompanied and supported by the latter.
The development and design of objects for everyday use shapes our relationship with our environment and thus our culture of life. Design is something everyday, both in terms of its use and its availability. It influences the relationship of the individual to his surroundings and environment. Useful, responsibly designed and sustainably produced everyday objects are therefore becoming all the more important as the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds become increasingly blurred.
The Design Everyday format provides insights into the regular activities of Austrian design studios, a selection that focuses on furniture and products of everyday life that contribute to the further development of contemporary design in Austria and beyond, an open, growing collection.
DESIGN IN THE CITY
We were given a special tour by one of the very kind GrazGuides, who led us to discover the diversity of design in the city.
Design in the City is a format in Design Month Graz that offers people the opportunity to experience design aside from exhibitions and workshops. Companies and designers present extraordinary products, unique collections, outstanding creations and lots of information about the role design plays in their business. All this happens where design is lived with passion: in the stores and companies of the city. Design becomes visible – new and current design products are presented to a wide audience.
During Design Month Graz 2022, 37 design-savvy stores give designers a platform to present their unique products. At Sestra Store visitors can see sustainable cycling gar for women from KAMA.Cycling, Lanzerloft shows a motorcycle from Vagabund Moto, digitalis presents surfboards from WUUX surfboards & fins and at Brigante at Hofgasse hats from Kepka & Söhne will be shown. All this and more can be expected from visitors during Design in the City.
First aid for design emergencies. The newly opened design clinic treats aesthetic and functional problem areas. “Specialists” from all design domains invite to the practice and offer diagnosis and treatment for acute disorders of form and function.
In other words, specialists from different design disciplines offer initial consultation, diagnosis and therapy for design problems of all kinds.
You can visit the Designmonat in Graz until June 12th.
For info: https://www.designmonat.at/