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Visual Arts

WASHINGTON, DC INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FESTIVAL

Curated and produced by Apartment Zero co-owner Douglas Burton

THU FEB 21 - SUN MAY 19
FREE
Throughout Artisphere

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 present the Washington, DC International Design Festival from Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, May 19, 2013. The cornerstone of this free three-month long multidisciplinary celebration of design is The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, a 4,000 square foot exhibition exploring innovation in product design from the last 13 years. Featuring one-offs, prototypes and pieces in production, The Next Wave focuses on innovation from Spain, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the United States among others. On view will be over 100 objects covering the areas of lighting, tabletop, furniture, textile, product, electronics, housewares, tools and interactive design. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of free public programs, including lectures, film, video and photo competition as well as a small retail shop.


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 

WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT: The role of women in today’s male dominated industrial design field
Sat March 2 / 5–6:30pm; Q&A and reception to follow / Free /Dome Theatre 

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

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.

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