Maria Savostyanova will complete her lecture cycle with a talk about the current decade and the potential trends that can gain momentum in the near future.
The final lecture will provide an idea of the most recent period in the history of design, which instantly responds to social, scientific and technological innovations. And even though production of objects and ideas in contemporary culture is becoming more and more heterogenous, it is still possible to trace some of the most typical tendencies of the 2010s.
One such thing is the antagonism between global and local, as well as the rapid growth of South Eastern Asia, Africa and China, propelling new markets, concepts and platforms for a discussion and dialogue in the filed of design.
As the technology boom continues to instigate search for new forms and meanings, it has now become possible to produce things using mobile apps, while the principles of biomimicry and bionics, originally associated with space and architectural design, have conquered the sphere of fashion. And at the same time, international brands are obsessed with customized goods, creating sneakers, gadjets or furniture fitting individual consumers’ tastes and preferences.
How do Neri Oxman and Iris van Herpen see fashion? Why’s there so much hype around Rick Owens who never advertises his clothing? Who is Joris Laarman, and what has made the Formafantasma Studio so famous? These and other names will make the core of the lecture, during which Maria Savostyanova will also demonstrate some of the most striking projects of this year’s Milan Design Week and will speak about cutting edge experimental organic and artificial fabrics.