Bologna Design Week 2017

After the success of the first two editions, Bologna Design Week is back, this year with Cersaie (the international fair of ceramics for architecture and the bath) as its official partner. Design and creativity, education and the world of production return to Bologna in 2017.

From Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 September, exhibitions, design events, workshops, competitions and design talks will bring energy to the historical center for five days devoted to design and the creative-cultural industries (see full program).

On Wednesday 27 September Design Night, organized in collaboration with Confcommercio Ascom Bologna, will light up the city center.

As at the previous editions, the initiative sets out to bring together examples of excellence from the worlds of culture, production, distribution and creativity in the territory and beyond its boundaries, involving art galleries, museums, universities, showrooms, companies and architecture firms, in an integrated system of communication that permits activation of synergies between industry, culture and creativity.

Starting on 20 September, it will already be possible to visit the exhibition Scatto Libero. Dino Gavina dieci, produced by Bologna Design Week and supported by Gruppo Hera, curated by Elena Brigi and Daniele Vincenzi, at Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, the branch location of the Pinacoteca. The show pays homage, ten years after his death, to Dino Gavina (1922-2007), one of the most outstanding Italian design entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

The main location, info and press point are back this year at Palazzo Isolani, which will also host a selection of design companies with original installations in its 18th-century rooms, and in the former Ospedale dei Bastardini.

At Palazzo Isolani, the Salone del Settecento will host the installation of the winner of the contest Temporary Living Space, produced in collaboration with Molteni&C|Dada, while the Sala dei Senatori will present a preview of the exhibition L’originale è Vitra.

At the former Ospedale dei Bastardini, amidst striking installations made by brands and designers, visitors can see the exhibition Marketing Design Napoli&Bologna. Storie di invenzioni e successi, and the prize ceremony of the photography competition Cathedrals of Light, organized by Paolo Castelli S.p.A. as a tribute through light to the architecture of the city of Bologna. In the courtyard, the BDW Cocktail Bar Good Vibes.

Another reference point is the Quadrivio di Galleria Cavour, a historic meeting place of fashion, art and design, with the group show Milleluci – Italian Style Concept curated by Davide Vercelli and Angelo Dall’Aglio; the two sets La Dolce Vita and Breakfast at Tiffany’s will function as gates to Cersaie, underlining the bond between the fair and Bologna Design Week.

Other locations to visit: the deconsecrated church of Santa Maria della Neve, for design talks and workshops coordinated by Insidesign Studiostore, and Le Torri dell’Acqua (Via Benni 1, Budrio), for Racconto privato – il design dell’imperfetto, an exhibition by Erich and Verter Turroni (ImperfettoLab), curated by Claudia Cocchi.