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Growing number of applications pushes the state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 festival to a later date and a larger location:

Due to the growing number of candidate participants, the second edition of the yearly state of DESIGN, BERLIN festival will move to a larger and more appropriate location, where the whole program could be bundled, and which could also serve as a homebase for the next few edtions. state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 will take place at the Vollgutlager of the Alte Kindl Brauerei in Neukölln, a newly renovated architectural gem which will already come by itself as a great discovery. One of the consequences of the decision is that the period in which the festival will be organized –and the Berlin Design Week, of which the festival is the main event- will be June 1 to June 4, one week later than had originally been planned . “We are extremely happy,“ say state of DESIGN, BERLIN directors Alexandra Klatt and Max Borka, “the number of candidates is so overwhelming that we had no choice. And the Vollgutlager has been renovated with so much respect for its industrial past, and the traces of the undergroundscene that took over once the brewery left, that it simply was an offer we could not refuse. This building is Berlin in a nutshell”.

With a program that includes exhibitions, a symposium, talks, a state of DESIGN, BERLIN Night and a film day, the festival will also this time debate future design by triggering crossovers between the rapidly growing categories in the field, such as product-, industrial-, experimental-, critical- and social design. But first and foremost, it will be a four day platform of exchange where anyone interested in design can meet designers and other professionals, national and international, face to face, and in a most informal –for Berliner- manner. So also get prepared for some serious fun.

Two exhibition platforms will stand central at the Vollgutlager: On the one hand, there will be ALLES NEU — NIEUWE GERMAN GESTALTUNG #006: the sixth edition in a series of meanwhile notorious roadshows in which state of DESIGN each time highlights a different choice of the latest and best in German design, in a unique format that confronts and combines tradition and experiment. A novelty will be the launch of GRAS, German Roots & Stuff, an online platform that promotes and sells state’s very first Nieuwe German Gestaltung Collection.

A second platform, TOTAL CHANGE — NIEUWE GLOBAL GESTALTUNG #001, will highlight the latest on a worldwide level. At the core will be ‘Five Years After: How Sustainable was my Sustainability?’, a project that went on the search for what happened to the 100 projects which Max Borka and Mapping the Design World collected five years ago in ‘Form Follows Foco’, a pioneering exhibition cum publication that offered a worldwide of the explosive rise of social design.

Several other presentations will complete this international platform. As was already the case in the first edition, they will especially focus on countries that are not considered to be powercentres of design, such as the Baltic States, Lebanon and Flanders.

Much more than just a showcase, state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 will be constantly animated by talks, debates, a symposium, workshops, guided tours, and other events, such as a film day.

For the very first time, the festival will organize a state of DESIGN, BERLIN Night, and the new venue offers so much new perspectives that the symposium will also be thought all over. “But its topic will be hot, “ the organisers promise.

Meet and greet events will animate every other evening of the festival. For the main design event of the German capital will be first and foremost a festive get together, totally in line with the spirit of Berlin, very open and bottom up, and with no barriers or thresholds.

A small catalogue that will equally serve as a ticket and guide to the event will be handed over to every visitor.

More details will be revealed as the preparations move on, on the state of DESIGN, BERLIN website, but also via newsletters, and the facebook pages of state of DESIGN, BERLIN, Nieuwe German Gestaltung, and Mapping the Design World.

state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017
June 1 – June 4
Vollgutlager Alte Kindl Brauerei
Rollbergstr. 26 12053 Berlin
Daily from 11am till 8pm.


State of DESIGN, BERLIN Night Friday June 3, 8:30pm - Open End

To apply for Alles Neu, Nieuwe German Gestaltung #006 click here.

To apply for Total Change, Nieuwe Global Gestaltung #001 click here.