You’re just in time to catch the next wave – in design! The free Washington DC International Design Festival is a multidisciplinary celebration of design, featuring the exhibition THE NEXT WAVE: Industrial Design Innovation in the 20th Century. The three-month-long exhibit opens with a free Opening Reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at Artisphere, the acclaimed cultural center that’s just steps from the Metro (and also offers free parking) in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood.
Ranging from one-offs and prototypes to pieces in current production, over 100 objects will be on view in the 4,000 square foot exhibit, including lighting, furniture, textile, electronics, housewares, tools and interactive design. A small retail shop will also accompany the festival, where certain items from The Next Wave can be purchased.
Co-presented by Artisphere and Apartment Zero, the acclaimed DC design house of exhibition curator and producer Douglas Burton, this international exhibit is supported by media sponsor Surface Magazine, industry sponsor the Industrial Designers Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter and was produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute and Spain Arts & Culture, the Embassy of Spain and the Spain USA Foundation’s cultural program.
Even after returning home, you can continue to participate in JUXTAPOSED: An Interactive Photo Contest (Feb 21-May 19), by photographing two seemingly disparate industrial design objects in a witty or symbolic manner, and entering your images online via Apartment Zero’s Flicker Photostream. Winners will be announced online by Friday, May 24, selected by a jury of five international designers and journalists, including the 2012 Industrial Designer of the Year, Alain Gilles (Belgium).
During the three-month Festival, which concentrates on the areas of eco-friendly design, functionality and minimalism, the conceptual and the avant-garde, there also will be a series of free public programs by renowned international figures in design, including lectures, film and video.
Come to the opening for this free exhibition, and tell everyone back home you rode the next wave in Arlington!
Posted by Jim Byers on February 21, 2013 | Permalink