DMY 2014 International Design Festival Berlin

This was my second time at the DMY Berlin and my expectations were a bit too high.

With the same incredible venue — the hangars of the former Airport Berlin-Tempelhof — on this year’s edition it was much easier to choose the highlights, which is the same to say that, unfortunately, there weren’t as many. Or maybe I was still expecting the WOW! factor I felt last year.

Still, I have to encourage the structure of this event. Not only it features a variety of targeted sections — DMY Exhibitor, DMY New Talents, DMY Social Design, DMY Regional Focus, DMY Schools & Universities, DMY Market and DMY Open Talks, and Workshops — but it also includes an Award. And what is most interesting about the DMY Award are the categories: Exhibitor, New Talent and Education. Education! How wonderful is that? The honour went to Lund University School of Industrial Design.

While last year the trend was clearly 3D printing, it seems that this year it resides on the usage of wood as the weapon of choice. It was fun to realize that utopian designs are still welcome: they are very much food-for-thought. These were my personal highlights:

Flowers for Slovakia - Lost & Found by Vitra
Flowers for Slovakia – Lost & Found by Vitra.
Statt für Möbel - InsideOut by Tipla Meisterwerk
Statt für Möbel – InsideOut by Tipla Meisterwerk.
Sag Es In 3D by No Gallery
Sag Es In 3D by No Gallery.
Psycho Furniture - The Mentally Ill Furniture Collection by Pyg & Sülzkotlett
Psycho Furniture – The Mentally Ill Furniture Collection by Pyg & Sülzkotlett.
Stereo Tabernaculum by Marek Olkusz
Stereo Tabernaculum by Marek Olkusz.
Dado Shelf by Justin Allen
Dado Shelf by Justin Allen.
Shallow Swing by Gisbert Baarmann Holz - Gestaltung.
Shallow Swing by Gisbert Baarmann Holz – Gestaltung.
Stocker by Freudwerk.
Stocker by Freudwerk.
Wood on Wheels by Norberto Fonseca.
Wood on Wheels by Norberto Fonseca.
Exhibition space.
Exhibition space.
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