What’s On: BIO 23 and Budapest Design Week

Already in full swing, both the Biennial of Design (BIO) and Budapest Design Week showcase the best in local and international design talent. 

Taking place at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, BIO 23 is now in its 23rd edition, and stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the international design circuit. Under the theme “Design Relations,” the 2012 proceedings were curated by Dutch studio Organisation in Design, inviting emerging and established designers from over 27 countries to submit work and compete for the BIO Gold Medal award and cash prize of €5000. While presenting the best trends in contemporary design, BIO 23 endeavors to address and solve issues on sustainability and social matters.

Residing in the Design Terminal in the Hungarian capital, Budapest Design Week, this year takes the theme of Slow Design, with a particular focus towards the social and economical responsibility of modern design, and reducing the current rate of consumption.  Projects on display include a chandelier crafted using living plants and a chair constructed from rusty pipes, while urban interventions provide solutions to homelessness and depleting natural resources.

With dynamic programs that explore emotional, cultural and social themes, both festivals are affirming the former Eastern bloc area as an important destination for innovative and progressive design. We focus on this area in greater detail in our forthcoming Futurist report, Silent Revolutions: The Rise of Design in Eastern Europe – keep watching the site for its release.

Budapest Design Week runs until October 7, 2012, while BIO 23 will finish on November 11th.

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