On May 24th the second edition of Malta Design Week came to an end. This year the event was set in the newly-renovated Fort St Elmo in Valletta. The history of Malta merged with innovation, design, experimentation and revolution. St Elmo’s majestic quadrangle became the perfect location to promote and celebrate the development of Malta’s design industry, new talents, and artists.
Before the entrance a big Popcorn sculpture welcomed the visitors. Popcorn was made by Rune Bo Jakobas. The sculptor showed the moment the corn bursts into a larger form of itself and captured the sense of movement, and the anticipation of the sculpture about to pop. The whole process of creation of Popcorn was filmed and so was the reaction of the public.
Inside Fort St. Elmo, over forty exhibitions were collected; engineers, interior designers, graphic designers, commercial entrepreneurs and artists all displayed their creations to the public. One room was dedicated to Modernism in architecture; a real eye opener on this architectural style, with its particular lines and structures. Fashion was present with three outfits; Sunskrit, Churpina, and Pina which reflect Malta’s past, present and future respectively.
Stessuscope by JP Advertising was the funniest installation by far, which allowed visitors to take fun selfies. It was an interactive installation which mixed creativity, technology and entertainment.
The most surprising part of the exhibition in Malta Design Week was the display of a hundred miniature versions of some of the most iconic designer chairs, donated by the Vitra Design Museum. There were two rooms filled with transparent displays which contained these little chairs that left their imprint through the history of design. You can see the Eames, a couple of Stracks, Le Corbusier, the Pantone replicas and much more. The chairs become the perfect examples to explain the development of design, the key role in everyday life, and represents all the manifold styles of contemporary design.
Malta design week includes also a series of lectures, workshop, talks, and conversation with local and international guests.
We simply can’t wait for the next edition!