Happening annually over ten days for several years now, Budapest’s design festival has been an indispensible part of the city’s late-September events calendar. During these few days, hundreds of events take place around town, bringing design as well as material and visual culture into focus. The range of events this year – presented on designweek.hu – is almost overwhelming, but if you consult our handy guide on where to find new and intriguing designers at lesser-known Budapest spots from September 25 through October 4, you’ll see that making a choice is not an impossible challenge after all.
Checking out the extraordinary fashion-inspired installations of Finnish RIIVARI, Month of Sundays, and two of Hungary’s most prominent brands, Je Suis Belle and , is a must for true fashionistas. Works created by fashion design students at Finland’s Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Budapest’s MOME will also be on display, and side events will include a film screening and a presentation by Harri Koskinen, the most famous figure on the Finnish design scene.
Opening times: September 26 – November 1 Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm Launch event: September 26 6pm Presentation by HarriKoskinen: September 30 6pm Venue:
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If street art is right up your alley, you’ll definitely enjoy the first exhibition of Scotland-based illustrator/graphic artist Dani Labrosse. He may not be a household name yet, but his achievements are numerous already: he’s designed album covers and logos for a handful of bands, and he’s worked for international advertising agencies and even Greenpeace. His trash-art series made from found objects is pretty impressive, and he’s currently working on various illustrations and his own comic book, also dabbling in computer-game design. You can purchase his fresh, powerful and daring designs at the auction marking the end of the colorful and edgy display.
Opening times: September 25 – October 3, Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-8pm Launch event: September 25 6pm Auction: October 3 6pm Venue:
VERNISSAGE EN VOYAGE – BIJOUX Á LA CARTE
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Flóra Vági’s ethereal and dainty jewelry pieces and other objects, made primarily from paper, wood, and sometimes metal, are well-known in many corners of the world. Be part of an imaginary journey, and peruse the special trinkets of the young designer at an extreme location: you can marvel at an à la carte selection of the wonderfully delicate creations in a luxury passenger car on Platform 10 of Déli Railway Station.
Launch event: September 25 7pm Time slots: September 25 7pm-9pm, September 26 11am-1pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm, 4pm-6pm, September 27 11am-1pm Venue: Déli Railway Station, Platform 10 Registration: via email or telephone (+36 1 792-3021, maximum 42 people/slot) Organizers: András Szigeti (Continental Railway Solutions Kft.), Flóra Vági
YKRA - Nyitott Stúdiók/Open Studios
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Founded in 2012, YKRA has become a star brand among backpack lovers in a mere three years. Through the Nyitott Stúdiók program, design fans will get the chance to meet Balázs Lakatos, the mastermind responsible for the design of the bags, take a peek behind the scenes and explore the workroom. Sign up for the workshop, and design and sew your own pencil case.
Opening times: September 30 12pm-8pm Workshops: September 30 2pm-3.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm Registration (Sept 20-25. Subject: ‘DHB Nyitott Stúdió jelentkezés’) Venue:
PATISSERIE OF MEMORIES
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What does happiness taste like for you? What flavors, colors, and fragrances can you recall from your childhood? Silversmith-designer Angéla Góg has always been intrigued by such questions, and she’s now created a five-piece memory-cake collection based on personal stories she’s collected from 421 research subjects. However, a patisserie is not all you’ll find at Lumen: marvel at edible and quite spectacular pieces of art created from common memories, and learn about the stories that inspired them.
Opening times: September 24 – October 4 Monday-Sunday 2pm-8pm Launch event: September 28 7pm Venue:
FABRIKA GRAND OPENING
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Two young creatives, namely furniture and lamp designer Sára Kele and design expert-treasure hunter Barbara Markó, have the same passion, which is why they decided to establish Fabrika with the aim of salvaging and revamping 20th-century vintage furniture with a twist: the challenge they’ve set for themselves is to make unique and lovable pieces that are not available on the Hungarian market. This fun launch event has a dual purpose, serving as the inauguration of the new workshop as well as an exhibition featuring the first finished items.
Opening times: September 29 – October 2 Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm Launch event: September 29 6pm Venue: FABRIKA Address: Budapest 1068, Szondi u. 94/A
What the owner of Karcsi Papírboltja Kata Bánlaki and interior stylist Zsófi Szigeti can do with just a few boxes of paper is pure magic. They’ve worked together for a number of years now, so you can rest assured that an exceptional experience awaits at the enchanting Temple Hall of Kiscelli Museum. The artists have picked ten pieces from the museum’s furniture collection, and will construct harmonizing and unique installations to go with them – made from paper, of course. A workshop and a furniture-history-themed walk are also part of the project.
Opening times: October 2-11 Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm Launch event: October 2 7pm Venue: Registration
TABLEWARE (BETWEEN THE TABLE AND FOOD)
Venture into the magical world of food design at the Local Settings Pop Up Showroom and the 2nd Eat Art / Food Design Master Course. This year’s focal point is the dining table, showcasing a new interpretation of tableware with the help of contemporary Hungarian designers and artists. The patterns adorning the plates, bowls, and glasses are far from ordinary: they are contemporary reflections on historical, political, ecological, social, and sociological issues and current events, realized in upsetting or unsettling (but always exciting) forms.
Master course: October 1 6pm-10pm Launch event: October 1 9pm Pop-Up Sale: October 4 2pm-8pm Finissage: October 4 8pm Venue:
WAMP - Make yourself at home!
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This time Budapest’s favorite design market will take place at a really special venue, the Museum of Applied Arts. Marketgoers will be able to browse the usual, varied selection of goods, and as a bonus feature, they’ll find WAMP’s own living room at the museums refined private hall: designed by the stylists of Fiók, the interior will be made complete with furniture, design accessories and other objects contributed by the exhibitors. Looking for one-of-a-kind pieces to transform your house into a cozy home? You’re in the right place. The 500 HUF entrance fee will be fully deducted from your purchase.