Nº 264
Land of Design Lithuania

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Editorial
Text: Stephan Ott

Design.

To gold they tend, / On gold depend, / All things! Oh, poverty! sighs Margarete in Goethe’s Faust, seduced by the “thinglets” foisted on her by Mephistopheles. And it is by such thinglets that we allow ourselves to be seduced time and time again – without asking where they come from, what they’re made of, what they’re for. Beyond our hunger for quick gratification, we seem to be increasingly unable to question our real material needs – with the result that people no longer actually consume things, but just buy them and throw them away without even using them. The absurd consequence is that, on the one hand, more and more over-functionalised products are created while, elsewhere, new things are left undone or past achievements are simply forgotten due to economic and political choices.

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Generative Fashion

Text: Susanne Heinlein
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

Fashion can be a statement, a way to express one’s identity and attitude to life. Usually, however, this statement is made by drawing on a range of products proposed by fashion designers and labels. Generative fashion makes it possible to personalise clothes using various procedures – be it customisation or the creative translation of user data via modern technology. As a result, tailored solutions that reflect the aesthetic or physical requirements of the intended wearer are now often just a few clicks away.

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Designszene Litauen


16 Personalities


With three and a half million inhabitants, Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic nations, which all declared their independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 with the advent of glasnost and perestroika. Since then, Lithuania has developed into a modern European state. In October 2015 the government announced that design would be promoted as a key force for innovation as part of the strategy within the national culture policy. In this year’s Land of Design issue we examine not only Lithuania’s eventful history, but also its current state of design including its designers. Here, we present a selection of Lithuanian designers, one from each discipline: graphic, product, fashion, and industrial design. In our current print issue you can find these four designers, as well as twelve more.

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Wanted: Hybrid Designers

Text: Heather Martin

In September last year, Braun invited 250 international guests to their headquarters in Kronberg for the nineteenth Braun Prize. Occurring every three years since it was established in 1968, it was Germany’s first international product design competition. To be eligible, entrants needed to be young industrial designers under the age of 35, who were either still at a design school or who had been working for no longer than two years.

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Content

Editorial

Filter

Set Up and Play

UpCycling

Generative Fashion

Upside Down

Hong Kong


Fairs

World Design Capital Taipei


Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, competitions


Focus: Land of Design Lithuania

Kosmopolitische Spuren

On Lithuanian Design

 

Designszene Litauen

16 Personalities

 

Lithuanian Design Policy

 

Files

Indie Mags

Out of the Niche

 

Crowdfunding Oddities

Fragwürdiger Erfolg

 

Archive
Freudentränen?

Word of the Year

 

Discourse

Wanted: Hybrid Designers

 

Städte der Zukunft

Animal-aided Design

 

Material

Material Collections

 

Carte Blanche
Adonian Chan

Untitled Speech

 

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites und apps

 

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