DESIGN.VE is a biennial design festival located in Venice. It runs in parallel with the first month of the Architecture Biennale.
The second edition of DESIGN.VE took place in various locations throughout the city from May 23rd to June 17th, 2018.
DESIGN.VE is a new format devoted to design and providing a wider look at the design world.
It is centered around a thematic group show presented alongside a series of collateral exhibitions located across the city.
Unexpected places for design: historic buildings, hidden cloisters, design boutiques, private galleries and intriguing places will plot the design cardinal points of the DESIGN.VE MAP.
Participation is open to emerging independent designers and established brands alike, as well as museums, universities and galleries.
The third edition of DESIGN.VE is going to take place in various locations throughout the city from May 21st to June 14th, 2020.
The curatorial theme of this upcoming edition is DESIGN AS SELF PORTRAIT.
In recent decades, the selfportrait has ceased to belong exclusively to artists. Everyone is invited to portray themselves.
Everyone is invited to create a representation of one’s self in a space of free fluctuation, a space in which identity becomes a design object. And this concept of identity and image as design is reiterated through the choices everyone makes when it comes to how they choose to adorn their bodies and the spaces to inhabit, through objects, devices, clothes, physical locations, and virtual spaces. We are all ‘curators’ of ourselves, self-designers expressing ourselves through the consumption of products or experiences of our choosing and through the ways in which we communicate these choices to others.
The exhibition DESIGN AS SELF PORTRAIT looks at the increasingly important role of design in how we choose to communicate our identity, exploring the continuous play between use and representation, between reality and virtuality.
Design no longer only characterises what the specific object is, but also how we choose to define ourselves.