Medellin Design Week will open with a jet-black Bodega Central

Colombia’s foremost design week, Medellin Design Week, which combines design, education and industry, will celebrate its fifth anniversary starting next Wednesday, August 28 - September 1.

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Starting next Wednesday, Medellín Design Week will celebrate its fifth edition, bringing with it workshops, conferences, meetings between the creative and business sectors and a jet-black gallery exhibition with pieces from more than twenty studios from Colombia and beyond.

The annual event, presented by local design brand Corona, has become a meeting space for local and international students, professionals, and design enthusiasts in the fields of product and interior design, industrial design, graphic design, audiovisual design, architecture, augmented reality and more.

Copy vs. Copy

This year’s event features the concept ‘Copy vs. Copy ’, a theme that seeks to address the importance of the design process by deepening our understanding of this unflattering cultural phenomenon.

According to Medellin Design Week director David del Valle, “for a week, the topic will be transformed into an exhibition of content rich in creative and innovative ideas and a space for conversation and creation of synergies that promote creative talent and the creative industry. [The Creative Economy] is a theme that is gaining more and more strength in the country and in the world."

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Some of what you’ll see at Bodega Central: 1. Mesa Triptica by HJA Group 2. Ara by Rodolfo Agrella 3. Artesanías by David del Valle 4. Poltrona Madrre by Tucurinca 5. Banquito by Danilo Rojas Art 6. Esterilla Chair by Tu Taller Design 7. Deliciosa tray by Sergio Vergara for Zientte 8. Sink by B&C Design Team Corona 9. Vanilla South in black by Motsi Design. 10. Design by Camila Pardo.

Bodega Central

Bodega Central is the exhibition component of the fair, and this year it will take place in no other than the basement of Medellin’s brand new, trendy Click Clack Hotel. Bodega Central will display the works of more than twenty studios from around the country and beyond, many of which were created exclusively for the noir-themed event.

Notable Speakers

Conferences will take place at the University of Medellín on Friday, August 30th.

You can’t miss: conferences by Rodolfo Agrella, Ezequiel Pini from Six.N.Five, Domus Academy, and Formafantasma. Here’s the full conference schedule:

9am | A5 Arquitectura

10am | Rodolfo Agrella

11am | Rodrigo Torres

12pm | Manuel Figueroa

3pm | Ezequiel Pini from Six.N.Five

4pm | Davide Forlani from Domus Academy

5pm | Roger Neil from GRO Design

6pm | Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin from Formafantasma