Vitra Design Museum Symposium, Milan 2015

Symposium: The Global Shift – Who shapes the future of design?
15 April 2015, Palazzo Clerici, Milano.

Discussion Panel: Peter Mabeo, Mario Minale, Tahir Karmali
Moderation: Amelie Klein

At the start of the 21st century, major shifts in global power structures coincide – and possibly correlate – with a mounting discussion around the potential of design. The Vitra Design Museum’s current exhibition »Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design« suggests that African design and art can make a unique contribution to this discussion. To delve deeper into this subject matter, the Vitra Design Museum brings together prominent thinkers and designers from the Global North and the Global South for a day of discussions and lectures.

The speakers explore pertinent areas of contemporary design discourse such as the future of production, social design and the merger of analogue and digital technologies. The question at hand: Can concepts that originate outside our traditional, Western-centric understanding of design offer an entirely new perspective and perhaps more relevant approaches in addressing today’s challenges?

During the Salone del Mobile 2015, the historic Palazzo Clerici at Milan’s city centre will become a point of intense activity, speculation and discussion around future conditions of living. A diverse array of installations, micro-exhibitions and events organised by some of Europe’s most renowned designers and institutions will animate the palazzo each day. Further participants are Domus Academy, Dirty Furniture, Jesse Howard, Maniera, Minale-Maeda, OpenDesk, PIN-UP, PROKOSS + Space Caviar, PROOFFLab Magazine, SYNOPSIS, Unfold, Vincent Tarisien and Z33 and more.