Yesterday I’ve been to the opening of the Romanian Design Week- Preview, and given the fact that I got an (awesome) free bag, which was meant for the press, now I feel obliged to write more about this experience 🙂
Romanian Design Week is “an annual event, launched in order to promote design as a driving force for cultural, social and economical growth and with an aim to support the local creative industries.” During the week 17th-26th May 2013, in Bucharest, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Advertising, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Photography meet in several locations and celebrate Romanian arts/artists. A common thread of these events is celebrating Romanian traditional motives, re-interpreted in a contemporary key.
My picks from last night’s event are: the location, the Photography section, and a chess board in the Young Designers section. The Preview was hosted in Stirbei Palace, in a shabby/under-renovation/technology infused space: colour white, bare concrete walls, dim lighting, video installations, majestic wooden staircase, colourful clothes, young people, wooden cabinets, stucco decorations, contemporary furniture, Romanian basilicum and strawberries.
As for what I think are the best attempts at re-using Romanian motifs and traditions, I can think of 5 names.
1. Clothes. Adrian Oianu
3. Ceramics. The Awesome Project
4. Painting. Silviu Oravitzan
5. Chairs. Ioana Corduneanu
“An object has value when it has a story” (Irina Nicolau). These objects are all incorporating the long history, one of emotions and values; either it is a blouse, a plate, a painting or a stool, they share cardinal symbols which encapsulate the story of Romania.
PS: Thanks to Stefania Voicu for her photos