The dates, theme and news of Lake Como Design Festival 2024 have been announced. The sixth edition of the event is scheduled this year from 14 to 22 September 2024. A dedicated open call will also be launched from February

The dates of Lake Como Design Festival have been announced these days, the event that for the sixth year populates the area overlooking Lake Como (city and surroundings) with a widespread program that includes site-specific exhibitions and installations.

This year's appointment is from 14 to 22 September 2024.

In addition to all the news, described below, the launch of an open call dedicated to the Contemporary Design Selection section and curated by Giovanna was also announced Freemasons.

Lake Como Design Festival 2024: the theme

The theme of the edition scheduled for September 2024 is Lightness: a common thread that leaves little room for alternative interpretations and that gets straight to the point, reminding all of us how much, never how today, we need to resort to 'light thinking'.

In telling it, Lake Como Design Festival refers to the same lightness that Italo Calvino talks about in American Lessons, the one that "is associated with precision and determination, not with vagueness and abandonment to chance”.

A lightness, finally, which transversally involves fields of all kinds - from design to literature, but also physics and chemistry - and which accompanies us on a journey dedicated to the search for balance between form, matter and movement.

“This year's edition will be characterized by some confirmations and at the same time by many great innovations”, says Lorenzo Butti, creator and artistic director of the festival.

“The growing enthusiasm of the public and an ever-increasing participation of institutions and local realities have allowed us to work on increasingly ambitious projects, once again ranging between ever-changing disciplines and places. From this perspective, the theme of lightness is understood as a modus operandi: the ability to distance oneself from things to understand them deeply,” he concludes.

The open call launched by Lake Como Design Festival

Together with the announcement of the new edition of Lake Como design Festival and its dates, there also comes confirmation of the return of the Contemporary Design Selection, curated again this year by Giovanna Massoni and accompanied by an open call which started in February and will end on March 31, 2024, intended for independent designers strong. The selected projects will be exhibited in the new locations of the Kilometer of Knowledge.

Massoni explains: “Design is to all intents and purposes a narrative practice. Objects tell stories and are often the result of 'speculative storytelling', to borrow the definition of anthropologist Donna Haraway. A product is, or should be, the result of investigations that question past and present history and which invite us to appropriate useful tools to define a new project. The 'words' of design - arising from a poetic, philosophical, scientific or critical act - dialogue with matter and function, social and cultural context, emphasizing the ethical and often visionary sense of the design act: its ability to explore, imagining them, future scenarios of a better world.”

A thought that translates into three thematic clusters: the first imagines a subtraction of weight, materials, workmanship and structures that determine the lightness of the object, but also a reduction in weight and impact on the planet; the second cluster is dedicated to agile, transformable, foldable, transportable, multifunctional and adaptable objects; the third thinks about spaces of light: light is lightness par excellence when its function is not only to illuminate but to allow natural or built space to transcend materiality and generate visual epiphanies and emotions.

Another novelty this year: for the first time the Festival opens its doors to a project in whichthe selected designers will be able to stay in Comofor the entire duration of the Festival and be an active part of it, experiencing the crucial moments of the event.

The locations of Lake Como Design Festival 2024

In addition to the spaces of the Kilometer of Knowledge (absolutely new this year) the Palazzo del Broletto and the former church of San Pietro in Atrio, in the heart of the city of Como, they confirm themselves as evergreen locations of the Lake Como Design Festival.

The opening to the public of the Kilometer of Knowledge, together with the Villa del Grumello Association and the Antonio Ratti Foundation will host the new exhibition itinerary. Located near the center of the city of Como, the Kilometer of Knowledge brings together, through centuries-old parks and scenic greenhouses for a total of 15 hectares, some historic villas overlooking the lake.

The festival exhibitions will take shape inside some of these villas, such as the prestigious Villa del Grumello, which will host a selection of international galleries and publishers.

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