Several big names and prestigious institutions from the world of design are joining forces to bring their discipline to life with a Virtual Design Festival, which kicks off on April 15.
This is no time to mope over the cancellation of the Milan Furniture Fair. COVID-19 may have put paid to this year's excitement in the northern Italian city, but consolation will soon be at hand on the internet where designers and gallery owners have prepared the first ever Virtual Design Festival, which kicks off on April 15.
Specialist website Dezeen, which is participating in the project, reports that the Design Museum in London is also rallying to the cause, as is Dutch Design Week, Design Indaba which is held in Cape Town, and Ventura Projects, renowned for its exhibitions in Milan. They will also be joined by Lisbon's MAAT museum, the Serpentine Galleries, the London Festival of Architecture and the Vienna Design Week etc.
Celebrated designer Ron Arad will also feature in the show along with British artist Lucy McRae.
Until June 30, the platform will be presenting contributions from designers, festivals, institutions and brands from all over the world.
On the program for the festival, Dezeen has announced videos and interviews structured around Earth Day on April 22. As for Ron Arad, he will present a digital version of an exhibition to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, which was planned for the OTI gallery in Los Angeles but subsequently canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will also be a series of films on Indian architecture by photographer Edmund Sumner, while Dezeen will be presenting a collection of exclusive videos with designer Iris Van Herpen.
Finally, the design website points out that the festival will be entirely free. More information can be obtained via the following link: https://bit.ly/39VEunY