Tanya Aguiñiga | textile wall piece | Collective 2 Design Fair | Volume Gallery
This past weekend my attention was definitely swiveling back and forth between friends' postings and Instagram snapshots at New York Design Week and Romanian Design Week. It was curious to observe the similarities and differences between these two design events, but on many levels, I felt that reverence for handmade techniques, studio resourcefulness, and the allure of 'imperfection' in design was strikingly modern and conceptually interwoven.
Ping Pong Open | Made in Pairs | Romanian Design Week
'SorS Laboratory' boutique by Carmen Secareanu | Romanian Design Week
The focus and mission of Romanian Design Week 2014 is as follows:
GRAIN textiles | NYC x Design
The interesting thing for me is how regionalism might currently be viewed as a strength for some of the best design studios out there. Meaning, there is definite appeal, at least for me, when I can sense collective action generated by new identities and modes of expression taking shape both creatively and geographically around the world. Maybe Instagram is the instant glue, but I also just think that good design is transcending the design week elitism of booth purchasing mania as well as creating innovative product to simply stave off boredom.