2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Taiwan Designers’ Week (hereafter: TWDW). This year’s TWDW will kick off on September 23 at Taipei Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, with the exhibition ends on October 2. The theme of the year will be “IMPACT,” highlighting the design could be not only a product, but a force comes out from designers. It’s an agency between humans, within the details of life, and in searching for an opportunity to change in the society. Through investing design energy into our daily, it initiates interaction and dialogue and further brings impact on each other, stimulates more feedback and imagination. Design does not end with its being made, but will continue to exert its influence to create more positive “impact.”
This year’s TWDW launched a brand new project “COUNTRY FOCUS,” curated by Israeli industrial designer Itay Ohaly in collaboration with Holon Institute of Technology, which brings a precious opportunity for audience to learn about the context of modern Israeli design. Other crucial exhibitions including: “RECOLLECT,” which traces back thousands pieces of Taiwan designers’ works in the past decade, creates an important platform for people to access the history of Taiwan design; “DESIGN KNOWLEDGE” presents some selections of design books, escalating the depth and breadth of design consciousness, even approach to design thinking in our daily life; “RISING STAR” offers a platform for everyone to show his/her talent, with no restrictions on backgrounds and age, so as to encourage and create greater potential on design; “3X3 DESIGN SHOW” assembles 54 domestic and international design teams, brands and organizations, in which new brands occupy 64% of total, and with various brands design exclusive discount offer for the exhibition. There are also various profound events like “Let’s Talk Design,” “design salon,” “Design Workshop,” “Open Day,” “Design Link,” and “Go Design,” provide audience the opportunity to interact with the designers, visit the studios and urban space that gave birth to a glimpse of design works, and finally bring your design experience and design product back home.
Each of the exhibitions and activities above are the best ways to understand Taiwan Design, they are what Play Design Hotel enthusiastically expects to engage in each year. Although Play Design Hotel has partnerships with more than 100 designer brands, TWDW has always been the most important stage for Taiwan’s cutting-edge designers, it has also become an important annual exhibition for us to select design products. This year’s Rising Star also presents us quite exciting works, such as Lin Yun-ting’s “The Fibrewood Objects” and Lin Shuo-der and Kong Fan-wei’s “Timescape” are the brilliant works that we hope to recruit to our designer’s brand list, and provide our guests the opportunity to experience these design works in near future. In short, we sincerely invite you to witness the “Impact” emerged from TWDW and Taiwan Design in this remarkable moment.