With a new location, professional orientation and selective spirit, DMY International Design Festival opened at Berlin’s Kraftwerk on 11 June. Moving from the iconic Tempelhof Airport to the dramatic industrial setting of Kreuzberg’s towering Kraftwerk, the 13th edition brought together promising talents, emerging brands and innovative schools from all over Europe – all exploring variations of tech-integrated craft, up-cycling and revived savoir-faire, a survey DMY entitled Back to the Future.
Jorge Penadés' Structural Skin was perhaps most indicative of this theme – creating an entirely new solid material out of leftover leather and natural resin, applied as an open frame stool. With a similar approach to production waste, Berlin-based duo Krupka-Stieghan presented Recreated Textiles – moving bio-based non-wovens and natural fiber textiles into interior applications. Revealed within the same New Talents segment, Artifacts by Jon McTaggart – a twist on now commonplace 3D printing, as a robotic arm injected resin deep below the surface of sand to cast biometric forms. Nearby, Dear Hands by Cosma Frascina played on traditional concrete chiseling techniques employed in southern Italian stone-cladding to create a series of vessels, benches and shelves. Geometric neon lights were not amiss as both ABC Objects by Adam Slowik and Vary by Florian FreiHöfer illuminated different viewpoints.
Among a series of school presentations, The Royal Academy of Arts The Hague's Masters of Interior Design programme presented Welcome to 2065 – a look at different aspects that will define the domestic sphere of tomorrow. A series of scale maquettes addressed climate change, over population, verticality and our need for tactility in an entirely virtual world. With a focus on branding, DMY was certainly looking to spark debate between conceptual thinking and the maker's movement; school and industry; form and information.