Budapest Design Week is held every fall citywide and is open to both the public and the design industry, attracting over 60,000 people annually. This year’s event, the eighth in succession, will take place between September 28th and October 7th.
Design Week 2012
The slogan of the 2012 program is 'Slow Design', featuring designers and artworks focusing on cultural, social and economic sustainability. Design Terminal's newly opened building on Erzsébet Square hosts the festival-opening exhibition.
As part of the program each year the Design Week showcases the works of designers participating in the Hungarian Design Awards. It also welcomes a star designer to present at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Several exhibitions, conferences and fashion shows are on the schedule by a wide range of Hungarian and international designers. The Open Studios initiative, one of last year’s most successful programs, is also on the schedule again, with new participants and featured programs for 2012.
Open Studios, a successful initiative by Design Terminal, opens the doors of 14 Hungarian design workshops to the general public. The aim is to introduce the work of featured Hungarian designers through real world examples. While design is no longer in its infancy in Hungary, the organizers find it important to bring awareness to the work processes, the technical background and the tricks of the trade. The Open Studios initiative is also an opportunity for designers to interact with visitors, answer questions, and provide an insight into their daily activities.
This year's guest country is Finland. To present the many shades of contemporary Finnish design the famous Fiskars Design Village, a unique community of artists and designers, comes to Budapest.
Design Week Gastro brings unique food design projects into the series of events with special Design Week delicacies that are available only during the ten days of the event.
This year also sees the revival of the popular Design Tour program, which focuses on historical and contemporary wonders of downtown Budapest. Tours are led by art historians, taking visitors to venues that are closed to the general public.
In 2012, as part of the tradition, 72 shops, showrooms, designer workshops and galleries will offer their products at a 20% discount during the 10-day event.
For full details and event schedule visit Budapest Design Week's official website.
Photos courtesy of Budapest Design Week.