Exhibition »Silent Revolutions / Contemporary Design in Slovenia« at the London Design Festival 2011, 22 to 25 September 2011

Silent Revolutions. Contemporary Slovenian industrial design at Moscow Design Week 2013

Photo: Museum of Architecture and Design /MAO

The exhibition Silent Revolutions will make a guest appearance at the Moscow Design Week 2013. The exhibition in Moscow is already the seventh event in this series of international presentations of Slovenian design and companies behind it, which understand design as an integral component in both development and competitiveness.

To date, the exhibition has been widely seen at London Design Festival, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, at Belgrade Design Week in Serbia, Helsinki Design Week in Finland, and at Designforum Wien in Austria.



For the Moscow version the exhibition, which highlights the specificity, vitality and heterogeneity of contemporary design, has been expanded with ten new design products by a number of designers and companies and complemented by a lecture delivered by the famous designer Philippe Starck. Together with the Slovenian company Riko, Philippe Starck developed prefabricated and technologically advanced P. A. T. H. houses.

The exhibition Silent Revolutions presents a selection of design production spanning more than two decades of this young European country. The title of the project – Silent Revolutions – alludes to a country with an exceptional design history, but which has not (yet) established itself as an influential design force in the wider international context. The ‘silence’ implied in the story was a key motivator behind the concept of the exhibition, where a broad array of recent designs is set in dialogue with five historical, iconic design objects. The other component – the idea of a ‘revolution’ – suggests that some of the products presented set new, unparalleled standards worldwide with the groundbreaking innovations they boldly put forward.

The exhibition focuses not only on the excellence of individual products but also on their position in the broader context of contemporary Slovenian design. The selection highlights products of both big industries as well as special limited edition objects produced by the designers themselves.

The exhibition, which highlights the specificity, vitality and heterogeneity of contemporary design in Slovenia, has been expanded and enhanced with new design products, including the P. A. T. H. house, developed by the famous designer Philippe Starck in cooperation with the Slovenian company Riko. At the lecture organised as part of the exhibition Silent Revolutions at Moscow Design Week 2013, Starck will present his creative genius and his consistently interweaving ethics and aesthetics. He will also speak about his committment to sustainable contemporary design that is responsible to the environment and users. These are the principles that guided him in designing the new prefabricated and technologically advanced P. A. T. H. house.

Maja Vardjan, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Photo: Museum of Architecture and Design /MAO

List of Designers and Companies

The Silent Revolutions project is the result of cooperation between the Museum of Architecture and Design, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, SPIRIT Slovenia, and the Government Communication Office, which headed and coordinated the project.

Featured designers: Igor Akrapovič, Asobi, Bevk Perović arhitekti, Lara Bohinc, Ivo Boscarol, Gigodesign, Gorenje Design Studio, Elvis Halilović, Issa, Jernej in Japec Jakopin, Leonora Jakovljević, Kabinet 01, Toni Kancilja, Rok Kuhar and Katjuša Kranjc, Franc Kuzma, Jurij Lozić, Luka Ločičnik, Lumu Labs, Studio Miklavc, Rok Oblak, Oloop, Tanja Pak, Marko Pavlinec, Tina Rugelj, Tilen Sepič, Janez Suhadolc, Philippe Starck, Arne Vehovar, Nika Zupanc, Peter Florjančič, Niko Kralj, Saša J. Mächtig, Davorin Savnik, Marko Turk.

Featured companies: Akrapovič, Alpina, Lara Bohinc, Donar, Elan, Esal, Glesia, Gorenje, Intra lighting, Imas, Kuzma, La Femme et la Maison by Nika Zupanc, Leonora Mark – ave femina, Pipistrel, Riko, Seascape, Seaway Group, Stol & Stol, Studio Moderna, Trimo, Vertigo Bird, Zilio Aldo & C. sas, Iskra, Imgrad, Stol Kamnik, Elektroakustični laboratorij (EAL)



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