For easy access and a breath of fresh air, the tour made use of smart ebikes for fast and flexible transport – all courtesy of the mobility experts at smart.
As the festival has come to an end, Bettery Magazine has published an in-depth feature on this two-wheeled project with individual articles exploring the tour’s innovative stops. Below, we have listed a brief overview of its hand-picked design highlights.
KUEHN KERAMIK PRESENTS ASTIER DE VILLATTE
Astier de Villatte (Paris) and Kuehn Keramik invite us to explore their own treasure chest. Best-known for its unique take on ceramics, paper goods, and cutlery, Astier de Villatte conjures up an olfactory tour of the world via scented candles and incense.
XFACH. PLAY TEST FOR EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCT COLLECTIONS
Prototyping in the wild: Materials sold at art and design haven Modulor Haus are transformed into abstract products, manufactured on homemade machines.
MUSEUM DER DINGE
Located in a former factory on Kreuzberg’s bustling Oranienstrasse, this eclectic “museum of things” houses an impressive collection of approx. 20,000 objects and 35,000 documents focused on the product culture of 20th and 21st century design. The museum’s current exhibition tackles the question: “What does it mean to live in today’s society?”
Cities undergoing dynamic change, like Helsinki or Berlin, are all about the re-appropriation of unused city space and erstwhile industrial areas. An exhibition at the Finnland-Institut sheds light on the work of urban planners through incisive models, texts, and illustrations.
BAERCK, IN-HOUSE OBJECTS
Beyond their creative and self-initiated work, many designers have started to market limited editions, one-offs, or mass-produced series of their designs on their own. This exhibition examines the role of the designer as a producer and distributor in his own right.
POOL 22, GARTENARBEITEN
Gartenarbeiten (“yard work”) invites visitors to take a leisurely stroll between the latest garden objects by Berlin design studios and workshops. While the show features plenty of products for mass production – think swings, raised beds, or outdoor furniture – it also introduces some exciting prototypes as well as art objects for garden, patio, or balcony use.
On the occasion of the DMY International Design Festival Bettenbartmann opens the temporary “Grand Café Place d’Armand” providing a cosy and informal backyard setting for the presentation of recently produced pieces of work. Intrigued trade fair visitors can try, or rather consume, local furniture and industrial design while indulging in a pleasant coffee klatsch.
Text: Alexandra Schade