What is the Democratic Design Day?

Once a year and in addition to the main event in Älmhult IKEA Switzerland organizes the Democratic Design Day, either in Lausanne or in Zurich. The scope of this event is to explore questions on how we will live and design the spaces and products that define and constitute our home and everyday life. Join us this year as we invite some of the most promising speakers to share with us their thoughts and visions on what the future of living at home will look like.


Registration:

Get your seat for the Democratic Design Day on September 22nd here.

Want to be part in one of the Workshops on September 21st? Register here.

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Speakers

Antonio Scarponi

Antonio Scarponi is a Zurich-based Italian architect, founder of Conceptual Devices.

Antonio Scarponi is a Zurich-based Italian architect, founder of Conceptual Devices.

He describes himself as someone who “thinks like a designer, draws like and artist and dreams like a poet.” He considers design as a form of knowledge. His devices produce narratives to maximize the social, economic and poetic impact of resilient communities. Antonio Scarponi studied architecture at Cooper Union, New York and at IUAV, Venice, from which he holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design.

He is currently teaching at ZHdK, Zurich. He is the author of “ELIOOO. How to go to IKEA and Build a Device to Grow Food in your Apartment” (2013). He is the 2008 recipient of the Curry Stone Design Prize.

The topic of his speach: RE-URBAN

Life and dramas of human beings on earth did not change much in the past 3000 years. Despite all the technological innovations, we are still animals whose life is scripted by biological needs and ancestral desires.

But, since the last century, the world population doubled every thirty years, leading to exponential growth, too fast to be tackled by any institutional or political will. How should the demographic growth, and the challenges associated with it, impact the deep meaning of “feeling at home”? Emerging Countries are following the western development path, but they are urbanizing in a much faster way, making obsolete the way we understand, conceive and design our cities.

However, the good news is that we do have the technologies and the know-how to develop alternatives. It is up to us to use them. Re-Urban will present an how to design attitude for the future of homes on a planet that carries the challenges provided by more than seven billion people.

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matali crasset – Pragmatism in design

matali crasset trained as an industrial designer. She sees design as a quest. She works from an eccentric stance which allows her to simultaneously get involved in everyday life and plan scenarios for the future.

matali crasset trained as an industrial designer. She sees design as a quest. She works from an eccentric stance which allows her to simultaneously get involved in everyday life and plan scenarios for the future. Her methodology comprises observations of standard practices and reimaginings of habitual organisational principles.

With a view of the world that is both expert and always fresh, she questions the obviousness of codes in order to free herself of them. Her work therefore consists of looking for new typologies and formulating unexpected rationales of life. She defines this quest as gently leading design towards the contemporary. matali’s fictions, stories and the meaning of her work ultimately revolve around the issue of living together.

Based on this philosophy of ‘togetherness’, matali crasset will be presenting pragmatic approaches to ‘The Future of Living at Home’ at the Democratic Design Day.

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Simonetta Carbonaro

Simonetta Carbonaro is a consumer psychologist and an internationally recognized thought leader of the trade and consumer good industry.

Simonetta Carbonaro is a consumer psychologist and an internationally recognized thought leader of the trade and consumer good industry.

She has been member of the research committee of the postgraduate design school Domus Academy in Milan for more than ten years. Since 2002 she has been professor in Design Management and Humanistic Marketing at The Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås where she directs The Design of Prosperity Initiative www.thedesignofprosperity.se, an action oriented transdisciplinary center focused on socio-cultural forces influencing customer behavior, driving societal changes and fostering new lifestyles.

She is also a partner of the research-pool and member of the advisory board of the Swiss Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for marketing and social sciences. For the last twenty years, Simonetta Carbonaro has been working as senior strategic advisor for main brands and retail companies and above all, for IKEA during the past 20 years.

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Marcus Engman

The design process at IKEA takes an unconvential start: with the price tag. IKEA wants to reach the many people – products have to be affordable. But that’s just the start.

The design process at IKEA takes an unconvential start: with the price tag. IKEA wants to reach the many people – products have to be affordable. But that’s just the start.

The design principle that guides IKEA has four more pillars: Sustainability, quality, form and function. Marcus will share the secret of how IKEA manages to create products that fulfil all dimensions of democratic design.

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Kim Colin

Kim Colin is from Los Angeles, California, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Master of Architecture from Sci-Arc. Prior to her move to London in 1998, she worked with contemporary artists in Los Angeles including Mike Kelley.

Kim Colin is from Los Angeles, California, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Master of Architecture from Sci-Arc. Prior to her move to London in 1998, she worked with contemporary artists in Los Angeles including Mike Kelley.

Kim has taught architecture and design at the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association in London where her design platforms focused on conceptual and practical relationships between branding, architecture and the urban environment. In 2017, she taught in the Master Product Design course at ECAL in Lausanne.

In 2002 Kim co-founded design studio Industrial Facility with Sam Hecht to focus on the interrelationship of products and their cultural context. Her ongoing investigation of design and technology has found expression in the work of Industrial Facility and their newly formed branch Future Facility. In 2016 Kim became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2018, Industrial Facility’s first monograph will be published by Phaidon Press.

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Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini is a bridge between disciplines. The world-renowned architect and designer has received the Golden Compass Award a total of eight times. His other prestigious prizes include the Gold Medal (Medaglia d’Oro) awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to the global promotion of design and architecture (2004) and the Ambrogino d’Oro from the City of Milan for civil merit (2011).

Mario Bellini is a bridge between disciplines. The world-renowned architect and designer has received the Golden Compass Award a total of eight times. His other prestigious prizes include the Gold Medal (Medaglia d’Oro) awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to the global promotion of design and architecture (2004) and the Ambrogino d’Oro from the City of Milan for civil merit (2011).

He has given countless speeches around the world, and from 1985 to 1991, he edited Domus magazine, one of the most internationally recognised publications in the field of design. 25 of his works are in the permanent design collection of the New York MoMA, which dedicated a personal retrospective to him in 1987.

His diverse projects include the Portello Trade Fair quarter in Milan, the Villa Erba Exhibition Centre in Cernobbio (Como), the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan, the headquarters of Natuzzi Americas in the USA, Messe Essen exhibition centre in Germany, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, and the new Milan Congress Centre. His current projects include the “New Eco-City” in Zhenjiang in China (2013–2018) and a large residential, cultural and sports complex in Qatar (2014–2022).

From a background so rich in experience, on Democratic Design Day 2017 in Lausanne, he will be setting out the prospects and potential solutions to the ever more complex conflicts of interest between commercially used spaces, a growing world population and the various resulting typologies of space that influence where we live.

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Oliver Herwig

Oliver Herwig is a Munich-based journalist and author, writing for magazines and newspapers such as NZZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung and AD. His main focus is on architecture and design.

Oliver Herwig is a Munich-based journalist and author, writing for magazines and newspapers such as NZZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung and AD. His main focus is on architecture and design.

For more than ten years he has been teaching theory of design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and Kunstuniversität Linz.

Some of his recent books are: „The Making of Design“, Basel, Birkhäuser, 2009“; „Universal Design“, Berlin, Internationales Design Zentrum (IDZ), 2008; “Noor Island. Realms of Imagination. Architecture beyond pragmatism“, FRAME, 2016. And “IFG. Identity Architects“. FRAME, 2016.

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Program

Under the motto ‘The Future of Living at Home’, Democratic Design Day 2017 will take place on 22 September at ECAL in Lausanne. On this occasion IKEA is inviting a selection of designers, architects and sociologists to reflect on the question of how we will be living at home in the future.

Among those attending is the French star designer matali crasset. She is perhaps one of the most incisive and experimental designers of our time, and will be talking about the ways in which design can be used as a concept with a view to finding pragmatic solutions.

Another who has already accepted an invitation to the event is the Italian architect Antonio Scarponi. In his conceptual work on the themes of compression and participatory living, he specialises in finding architectural answers to the shortage of building space that is increasingly making itself felt.

ECAL – IKEA Auditorium


The Democratic Design Day 2017 is being held at ECAL in Lausanne. The university is among the world’s top ten academies of art and design. It’s faculty and academic bias are influencing a new generation of young designers.

Directions

Avenue du Temple 5
1020 Renens
Switzerland

No car parking – please use public transportation.