World Design Capital Valencia 2022: highlights

World Design Capital Valencia 2022: what to see in the city

As World Design Capital 2022, the Spanish city of Valencia hosts a series of exhibitions, installations and events. Here are some of the design highlights to check out

The seaside city of Valencia, Spain, has been named the World Design Capital of 2022, and it has embraced the accolade through citywide events, workshops and exhibitions, as well as new design initiatives intended to benefit the city long after the end of the year. more.

The title of World Design Capital is awarded by the World Design Organization, a non-governmental organization founded in 1957. Previous winners are Lille, France (2020), Mexico City (2018) and Seoul, South Korea (2010). In 2024, the prize will be shared for the first time between the neighboring cities of San Diego in California and Tijuana in Mexico.

Here we take a look at some of the highlights of the World Design Capital Valencia 2022.

Agora Valencia

Photography: David Zarzoso

A unique architectural project created for Valencia World Design Capital 2022 is the Àgora, located in the main square of the Town Hall, and designed to be a gathering point for events and for visitors to discover the program of activities throughout the year. A long rectangular frame with stilt-like legs gives way to a raised open interior made up of hundreds of small white square panels. Designed by Miguel Arraiz, architect, creative and project manager of World Design Capital Valencia 2022, in collaboration with Arqueha Arquitectura y Urbanismo and Cosín Estudio, the undulating wave-shaped roof reflects the city’s connection with the sea, while the white panels, with white MDi, a ceramic-like material, refer to the region’s rich history with the ceramic and stone industries. Among the highlights of the Àgora, a unique light installation, designed by the Radiante Lab creative studio with energy efficiency in mind and broadcast in the evening, aims to highlight the architecture of the structure and create a link with the citizens.

Valencia Town Square

Jaime Hayon at CCC

A major highlight of the Valencia World Design Capital 2022 is the retrospective exhibition of Jaime Hayon, whose design studio is based in the city, with other offices in Barcelona and Treviso, Italy. Inaugurated on September 22, 2022, at the Center del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC), “InfinitaMente” will bring together a selection of emblematic works by the Madrid designer and artist, some of which have never been seen in Spain before, including maskmask, a series of seven large tapestry masks. The exhibition will take visitors on a journey into Hayon’s colorful universe and creative process over the past 20 years with large-scale paintings and sculptures, two rooms dedicated to his playful yet intricate work in ceramics and glass , and a room devoted to materials. , sketchbooks, drawings and prototypes. The exhibition will include works made for commercial products, such as vases, jars and furniture, but also limited edition and unique pieces and works on paper. ‘InfinitaMente’ will be visible until April 16, 2023.

Carrer del Museu, 2, 4

Ceramic DNA

‘Relations’ vases by Ana Illueca. Photography: Pau Rodilla

While the World Design Capital award is given to a city that embraces creativity, it is also an opportunity for the city to invest in urban projects and initiatives that use design to foster creativity and growth for the city. ‘coming. One of these is ADN Ceramico, a project started by ceramist Ana Illueca to promote Valencian ceramic traditions and Mediterranean culture while creating a platform for contemporary ceramic artists working across the city. ADN Ceramico aims to foster new relationships between the ceramics industry and independent designers for future collaborations through a multitude of workshops and events throughout the year, as well as digital mapping of artists local ceramists. This map can also be used by tourists visiting the region and interested in discovering new work, as well as brands and companies looking for ideas and new collaborations. Illueca remarks, “The most exciting thing for me is that the ceramics community itself is proud of this project. They recognize the need and put in the energy so that the project achieves its objectives.

Various locations across the city; for the program, see adnceramico.com

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