Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

International Talent Support 2018: Swatch Art Prize

Sini-Pilvi Kiilunen evokes a sense of nostalgia through her winning installation

Parallel to the main prize at International Talent Support (ITS), the ITS Artwork concept competition focuses on free artistic expression beyond traditional categorization. This award began in 2014, thanks to Swatch and its Global Creative Director, Carlo Giordanetti. “Each year we select some young designers from the finalists of ITS,” Giordanetti says, “those who we believe clearly have artistic potential. Then we ask them to …

Highlights from the International Talent Support Contest

We wander through the show in Trieste, discovering explosive developments in fashion

Italy‘s most eastern city, Trieste is geographically and culturally located at the intersection of the Mediterranean and Central Europe. It’s there that Barbara Franchin created International Talent Support (ITS) back in 2002, one of the most respected events for emerging talent in fashion design. This year’s event saw some 900+ creative projects submitted from 80 countries centered on the theme “So bold, almost incredible.” From …

Interview: Architect Carlo Ratti on Cities and Connection

The engineer, professor and entrepreneur on the future of robotics and humans

Thinker, researcher and entrepreneur Carlo Ratti is particularly passionate about defining life in the cities of the future. His goal is not the conception of bigger and grander cities, but cities that genuinely interact with their citizens—and vice versa. He does this within the context of his job as director of MIT Senseable City Lab, as well as in his own design and innovation firm …

Barcelona Design Week 2018: Highlights

Exploring the pragmatic and esoteric by reconsidering various approaches to design

Design form Catalonia has an identity rooted both in regional tradition and contemporary icons. Javier Mariscals objects and characters (like Cobi, the 1992 Summer Olympics mascot), Jorge Pensi’s Toledo Stacking Chair, and Rafael Marquina’s Marquina Oil Cruet (apparently one of the most copied design objects in the history of Spanish design) are all of note. These familiar names, along with the future of Catalan design …