Romanian Design Week 2020, an event presented by The Institute and UniCredit Bank, will take place between 11-20 September in a special edition meant to showcase the essential role of design in envisioning a better future.
The festival focuses on CHANGE, the main theme that has already been announced at the beginning of the year, upgrading its speech and the presented projects according to both changes and initiatives that the creative industries developed during the pandemic, under the name of CHANGE 2.0.
The main destination of Romanian Design Week 2020 will be Combinatul Fondului Plastic, a place with a special history. By virtue of a strategic partnership between the Union of Fine Arts and The Institute, that aims to promote local creative industries, but also young Romanian artists, Romanian Design Week 2020 will showcase a series of exhibitions inside Combinatul Fondului Plastic in Bucharest.
The Romanian Design Week exhibitions reunited under the CHANGE 2.0 theme and held in the spaces inside Combinatul Fondului Plastic aim to (re)investigate the role of design as it is today: a marathon of projects and initiatives outlined around an actual challenge, a series of conceptual design projects, but also a range of projects designed for a better future, next to a series of installations and urban interventions aiming to raise concern and find solutions for current issues:
- Possible Realities, a conceptual design exbition that partially keeps the structure and projects selected for May, when the eighth edition of Romanian Design Week was supposed to take place, but also showcases the creative worlds behind them and questions the role of a designer nowadays. The exhibition will take place at SENATE. The concept and the architecture of the exhibition is going to be signed together with Attila Kim Architects.
- Antifragile, an exhibition that presents new concerns in the design world, by both initiatives and projects that had a positive contribution in the current situation caused by the pandemic. It will take place at Sector 1 Gallery and will be developed in partnership with Zeppelin Design (Cosmina Goagea, Justin Baroncea, Constantin Goagea);
- A series of interventions and installations outside the complex, that aim to attest ways in which creativity can help us overcome current challenges and also show the role of both design and architecture in generating change.
Romanian Design Week will comply with all necessary regulations to guarantee safety of visitors. The large space provided by Combinatul Fondului Plastic, favorable for social distancing, was a priority when choosing the space for this year’s edition.
Beside the exhibitions and interventions from Combinatul Fondului Plastic, this year Romanian Design Week will also feature RDW Digital, a digital exhibition including projects, scenarios, plans and sketches by Romanian designers, with the aim to showcase new approaches and attitudes of local creatives and with hope that their ideas can have a real impact towards CHANGE.
RDW Digital includes Online Design Market, a series of events dedicated to professionals, as well as UK Focus, a digital showcase in partnership with the British Council that aims to highlight the importance and the impact of design nowadays from the perspective of sustainability and circular economy.
RDW 2020 will also cover a number of small events included in the Design Go programme, designed to direct visitors to different places in town in order to avoid the crowds.
The Romanian Design Week 2020 schedule also includes a new category, Design Flags, presented together with Qreator by IQOS. Thus, in the creative hub with the same name on 8A, Aviatorilor Boulevard, between 13-20 September, seven international design exhibitions will be open for the first time in Romania, aiming to come as a completion for the creative local visions. The access for this event will respect the regulations in force and will be allowed exclusively to visitors over 18.
About Romanian Design Week
A project by The Institute, Romanian Design Week became the most important multidisciplinary event in Romania, a radiography of the current stage of both design and local creative industries improvement: architecture, urbanism, interior design, graphic design, illustration, fashion, product design and another initiatives or projects that use creativity as the main tool of growth. Each year, Romanian Design Week marks off a map of the events and spaces that promote the design industry.