European design arena in Poznań

Poznań will transform into the European design arena in just two weeks. arena DESIGN - a new periodic event dedicated to design, industrial design and architecture will have its official launch on the grounds of Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie on 3-6 June 2009.

Exhibitions and presentations of top quality design by renowned designers and the best design students from leading artistic and technical universities will be a great attraction to all those interested in the issues of contemporary design. Very interesting expositions have been prepared by the Silesian Castle of Art and Enterprise in Cieszyn and Möbelriket - an innovative Swedish cluster that associates furniture designers and manufacturers who jointly implement the so-called sustainable design ideas.

The agenda also includes lectures and panel discussions with distinguished guests. Excellent designers, producers and representatives of universities and institutions that support the development of industrial design (coming from Poland and other European countries) will discuss the reasons why it is worth investing in design, theoretical and practical aspects of cooperation between a designer and an entrepreneur, issues related to education at design faculties, as well as ups and downs in a young designer's career.

Two internationally famous German designers: Manfred Dorn (Phoenix Design) and Tassilo von Grolman (Tassilo von Grolman GmbH) will be the stars of this year's arena DESIGN.  The special guests will hold talks and will participate in the jury for the second stage of TOP DESIGN award 2009 competition. The award ceremony for this competition is another important event in the programme of arena DESIGN. Additionally, excellent works from Tassilo von Grolman's rich portfolio will be displayed at a special exposition. 

Moreover, Poznań-based companies, universities and local authorities have prepared an interesting programme of exhibitions and workshops taking place outside the fair grounds as part of the city lives for design campaign. All this will occur to make the whole city live and breathe design on 3-6 June. The multitude of attractions and the variety of impressions will become a valuable source of inspiration for designers, architects and all design lovers coming to Poznań.

arena DESIGN is also a practical source of knowledge about opportunities, threats and cooperation models applied when developing and commercialising industrial designs - that is, all that designers and cooperating entrepreneurs should know about business aspects of design.

arena DESIGN is held under the honorary auspices of the Minister of Economy. The Marshal's Office of the Wielkopolska Region and the Poznań City Hall are the partners of the event.

arena DESIGN accompanies the largest furniture and interior decoration shows in Central Eastern Europe, i.e. the simultaneously held MEBLE, BIURO, HOME DECOR and BUDMA INTERIOR shows.