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Asian Designers at Venice Design 2017


Asian Designers at Venice Design 2017
An installation view of Venice Design 2017 featuring pieces by Listen Communication (image courtesy of Listen Communication)

As crowds flock into Venice for the bi-annual blockbuster exhibition that is the Venice Biennale, things are heating up within the city’s design scene with Venice Design 2017. One of the largest design exhibitions that run alongside La Biennale di Venezia, Venice Design aims to offer a glimpse in the approaches of international designers practicing today.


Palazzo Michiel in Venice
Image courtesy of Palazzo Micheli


This year, approximately 50 creators from 25 different countries have been invited to showcase their concepts and approaches towards design at Palazzo Michiel. This historical building with its symmetrical façade and 15th Century Gothic windows along the Grande Canal will now turn into an international platform for design investigations, contemporary mutations and innovative creative attitudes.


Table and chair by Listen Communication at Venice Design 2017
Imge coutesy of Listen Communication


This year, Seoul-based interior architecture and design studio Listen Communication, is participating in Venice Design. Founded by Sang Yoon Kim, the studio presents their Cooking Collection: a collection of furniture inspired by the act of rolling out dough. By incorporating these food elements, Listen Communication aims to bring together individuals in both time and space, much in the same way the process of cooking and eating does.


Cooking Collection by Listen Communication
Image courtesy of Listen Communication


Other Asian design studios showcasing their products this year include Nendo and Hiroki Takada from Japan, Yi Chen & Muchen Zhang from China, Designing Cultures from Singapore, Pao Hui Kao from Taiwan and JARKEN from Thailand.


Paper & Water by Pao Hui Kao
Image courtesy of Studio Pao
Su7 series by Jesvin Yeo of Designing Cultures Studio
Image courtesy of Designing Cultures Studio


While Palazzo Michiel is the hub of design activity, Venice Design has also created a city map that allows visitors to discover around 40 independent designers all living and working in the city. In doing so, Venice Design allows for the discovery of the design landscape of Venice, providing new inspiration by exploring the singular traditions and original design processes taking place in Venice.


Ring of the Holy Spirit by Yi Chen of Yi Chen & Muchen Zhang
Image courtesy of Nathalie Lecras (@nathalielecras)



Venice Design 2017 runs from 13th May till 26th November 2017 at Palazzo Michiel. For more information click here.

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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