Albert Speer’s architectural masterpiece Tempelhof Airport was the venue for this year’s DMY design festival in Berlin. Architonic was needless to say there, ready for take-off…
A mere couple of weeks before its opening, it was announced that this year’s DMY design festival in Berlin would take place in the historic, disused Tempelhof Airport. The change of location at such short notice from tresor m., the old, dark power station, to the light-filled hangar of the imposing former city airport was a good move for the exhibition, particularly given the summer-like temperatures. The decision by the Youngsters and the Allstars to show in one central place also benefitted greatly everyone who participated.
400 designers, among them international design institutions and 17 design colleges, showed their latest projects. For the first time, a substantial part of the exhibition space was devoted to the Maker Lab. Here, visitors were offered valuable insights into modern production techniques and processes by means of a number of tasks and experiments. Despite the randomness and botched-together feeling of the space, the, at times bustling, crowds managed to lend it an inspiring workshop-like atmosphere. This concept of ‘open design’, that is, product development made accessible to visitors, appears to be a particular interest of DMY’s organisers. It was no surprise, therefore, that visitors encountered a smorgasbord of prototypes, process-oriented projects, and formal and material studies – even at the Allstars, the show for established design studios – instead of the usual tidy exhibition booths.
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