31 May 2017

State of Design, Berlin

Vollgutlager, Alte Kindl Brauerei, Berlin

1– 4 June 2017



In 2016, the festival State of Design, Berlin, was launched in Germany’s capital city, with the aim of offering a positive response to the widespread criticism that design events generally ignored the most pressing issues of our times. It coincided with Berlin’s 10th anniversary celebration as a UNESCO Creative City of Design. The two festival organisers, Alexandra Klatt and Max Borka, have planned a comprehensive programme for 2017 too.


The festival uses different formats to show design in all its complexity and provide “adequate and sustainable answers” to current social questions through dialogue between different design approaches. Thus, the two central exhibitions “Alles Neu, Nieuwe German Gestaltung # 006” and “Total Change, Nieuwe Global Gestaltung # 001” will be complemented by presentations of national and international projects, lectures, workshops, and evenings against the background of the radical and experimental potential of (German) design alongside its traditional, industrial origins. “Total change, Nieuwe Global Gestaltung #001” is based on a project by Max Borka, since revised for the festival. In 2012, his collection of 100 projects provided an overview of social design. The current festival now presents and discusses what happened to them and the future-oriented design strategies they point to. You can find the complete programme here.


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