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Dunne & Raby, MAK Design Salon #4

May 22, 2015
The MAK DESIGN SALON #04, from 11 June to 4 October, will take place at the MAK Branch Geymüllerschlössel and it will be a focus on fiction and reality: with their contribution The School of Constructed...
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The MAK DESIGN SALON #04, from 11 June to 4 October, will take place at the MAK Branch Geymüllerschlössel and it will be a focus on fiction and reality: with their contribution The School of Constructed Realities, the London-based designer duo Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby explores the potentials of speculative design in view of the challenges and forecasts we face in the 21st century. Dunne, founder and for many years Head of the Design Interactions Department at the Royal College of Art in London, and Raby, Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, have been considered pioneers of a conceptual design movement for several years. With The School of Constructed Realities, they suggest an alternative approach to contemporary design education, which—even today—is still in part oriented towards the arts and crafts and Bauhaus movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Works by the studio serve as case studies for a fictitious school of design inaugurated at the Geymüllerschlössel. The School of Constructed Realities is a platform to weave different ideas and experiments together focused on how yet-to-exist worlds can be presented through design. The aim is to encourage visitors to think about the role of design education in relation to how different futures are imagined and shaped. 

Picture: Filip Dujardin, Untitled, from the series Fictions, 2007

The exhibition The School of Constructed Realities, which is generously supported by the Dorotheum auction house, provides occasion for a matinee at 11 a.m. on 4 October as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. Moderated by Thomas Geisler, Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne, as well as the designer Jurgen Bey, Partner of the Studio Makkink & Bey and Director of the Sandberg Institute at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, will discuss new schools of thought and educational models in the field of design.

Picture : Dunne & Raby, Digiland from The United Micro Kingdoms, 2013

Picture : Dunne & Raby, Digicars from The United Micro Kingdoms, 2013

Picture : Dunne & Raby, Cyclist, Balloonist, Pitsky and Hox from The United Micro Kingdoms, 2013

The MAK DESIGN SALON #04 will run from 11 June to 4 October at MAK Branch Geymüllerschlössel.

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