Our top picks from Paris Design Week 2019

With the September edition of Maison&Objet comes Paris Design Week, an event where the French and international design community takes to the streets of Paris with a rich calendar of events, cocktails, tours, and meetings, culminating in the celebration of emerging talents. Here’s a recap of some of our favorites, featuring standouts from Maison&Objet and the third edition of 1000 Vases.

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Highlights of Medellin Design Week 2019

Over the past five years, Medellín Design Week, the Colombian platform that promotes local creative industries like product design, industrial design, graphic and audiovisual design, and architecture, among others, has welcomed more than 6,000 attendees from Colombia and around the world, providing hundreds of creative spaces around the city of Medellín, to boost business, stimulate learning and connections, and grant opportunities to emerging designers and entrepreneurs. medellindesignweek.com

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Architecture for Plants, the newest installment of Quick Tiny Shows

The fourth edition of Quick Tiny Shows, a Buenos Aires- based curatorial experiment led by design impresario Juan García Mosqueda and Ries Studio, exhibits ten designers’ views on the world’s deepening environmental crisis. Disillusioned with people’s treatment of the planet, García asked ten local and international designers to develop a series of objects that propose a healthier living situation between humans and plants.

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Color Trends: Millennial pink, the comeback shade

It’s a trend many have wished were on its way out, but alas, it seems the infamous “millennial pink” is here to stay. The dusty hue has made appearances all over the design scene, from social media and printed materials, to clothing and furniture. And it’s not surprising why— this hue of pink has long been thought to have a relaxing effect, and today it represents a genderless, androgynous neutral, breaking stereotypes of pink as an exclusively feminine tone.

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Highlights of Colombiamoda, Days 2 & 3

After four days exploring the fashion trends of the Latin American region, fighting our way through crowds of crazed Colombian fashionistas, and exploring the thoughtful creative process of the Colombian fashion designer, the 30th edition of Colombia Fashion Week finally came to a close yesterday, connecting 475 brands with 11,800 buyers, 12% international and 88% local— once again proving why Colombiamoda is the premiere platform for seeking out the best of Colombian fashion design. Here are our highlights from the last two days of the fair.

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Highlights of Colombiamoda, Day 1

The first day of Colombiamoda was jam-packed with the designer lineup of our dreams, including a few of our favorites which we will go into more detail about below. Highlights include none other than the mesmerizing talent of local favorite Andrés Pajón, Carlo Carrisoza and Pink Filosofy from Cali, Beatriz Camacho bringing in the warm weather from the coast— plus two smaller brands that we love, Juan de Dios and Religare. To follow are key points on each collection.

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Johanna Ortiz opens Colombiamoda no. 30 with 'Caprice'

Lining the halls of one of Medellin’s oldest government buildings— now the Palacio de la Cultura, hundreds of well-heeled Colombians waited in balmy patience for fashion designer Johanna Ortiz’s much-anticipated fashion show opening the 30th edition of Colombia Fashion Week. Coming five years after Johanna’s last Colombiamoda appearance, the show heralded a return of the fashion giant to the runways of her home country’s biggest fashion event after a five-year hiatus.

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5 things you can’t miss at Colombiamoda 2019

Colombia Fashion Week – or Colombiamoda—begins next week (July 23-25) in Medellin with a much-awaited inaugural runway show by fashion giant Johanna Ortiz at the Palacio de la Cultura. This year’s Colombiamoda aims to grant greater importance to the end consumer, presenting more than 20 runway shows and a commercial exhibition featuring nearly 570 exhibiting brands, plus new initiatives like the Concept Market and Colombiamoda Digital that seek to connect the digital world with the physical, for the first time allowing for the purchase of finished products at the fair.

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Fauna: design for a good cause

Mexican designer José Bermúdez and Juan Carlos Franco of Colombian studio Vrokka created Fauna, an artisanal collection that aims to spread awareness about the current risks to Latin America’s biodiversity. By abstracting the essential form of three endangered species from Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Latin America, Fauna acts as a tribute to the region’s extinct and at-risk animals.

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Leo, the first Colombian restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

The new list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, has been announced, and for the firs time ever, a Colombian restaurant has been included. Since opening her flagship restaurant, Leo, chef Leonor Espinosa has had a great influence on Colombian cuisine and in 2017 she won the title of Latin America’s Best Female Chef. A pioneer in the local movement to promote Colombian cuisine by showcasing its rarest and most unknown ingredients, Leo is the female equivalent of Peru’s Gaston Acurio.

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The change around the corner

Since April, we’ve been featuring a series of monthly posts on topics related to design trends, branding, and Latin American identity, contributed by Medellín-based design and strategy studio ImasD. The studio’s third contribution comes from Manuela Abreu, Research & Project Manager at ImasD. Designer by profession and researcher by passion, Manuela conducts research and analysis focused on human behavior. In her work, she has led user-centered design processes and given both local and international talks and workshops. grupoimasd.com

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How this new brand is introducing Canadians to Latin American fashion

In November of 2019, Elana Hazghia launched Sania: Canada’s first curated collection of contemporary, conscious fashion from Latin America. Why do this? Because it didn’t exist. Elana wanted to expose Canadians to a rarely-seen side of Latin America that she’s come to personally know and love, shattering stereotypes of what it means to create well-made, ethical fashion from Latin America.

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Highlights of New York Design Week Part 1: ICFF & Wanted Design

New York Design Week— or month is more like it— felt different this year. To start with, Collective Design and Sight Unseen Offsite were on hiatus, while the week’s biggest fairs felt slightly quieter than previous years. But there was still plenty of talent to discover as we ambled down the aisles of the expansive ICFF and the smaller but equally major Wanted Design Manhattan and Brooklyn editions. Keep scrolling and you’ll find our 20 highlights from New York’s two big shows, and stay tuned for our round-up of the month’s independent shows.

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