The first edition of Madrid Design Festival comes to the capital city of Madrid in February with a wide array of activities, exhibitions and workshops taking place throughout the city.

February 14, 15 and 16 will see key figures in national and international design come together at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid – Madrid’s Official School of Architecture (COAM). Showcasing current work and looking back at classics, as well as trying to resolve current challenges in design, Madrid Design Festival is an exhibition of creative work and a way in which designers and those interested in design can attempt to come up with initiatives to make economic and social transitions easier. This will be approached in many forms: conferences, masterclasses, practical workshops as well as portfolio viewings, meetings and the development of new design projects.

The exhibitions will outline the history of design and commemorate some of the world’s most iconic artist-designers, for example a retrospective of Madrid-born artist-designer Jaime Hayón, respected worldwide for his furniture designs, art installations, interiors and even wrist watches; The Alfaro Hofman Collection which looks at the evolution of design and technology of 20th century household objects, and a ‘Vinyl Graphics’ exhibition will take a look at iconic album covers.

Heralded as a creative and design hub since the 1950’s, Helsinki is chosen as the Guest City during the festival. Finland will bring the very best of its design industry to Madrid, with an urban installation of a typical Finnish sauna, known worldwide for its many benefits for the health and mind, on the terrace of OnlyYou Hotel Atocha, and open to the public.

With activities covering many branches of design including graphic, architecture, gastronomy, society and technology among others, the Madrid Design Festival hopes to achieve its objective of ‘Redesigning the world’ this February 2018.



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