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What’s on at the inaugural Taiwan Design Week 2023

Taking place from 1st to 10th December in Taipei, Taiwan Design Week is set to amplify the country’s presence on a global design stage by bridging innovations, sustainability, and global creativity.

What’s on at the inaugural Taiwan Design Week 2023

In a groundbreaking move, the Inaugural Taiwan Design Week is set to take centrestage at the iconic Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in December, marking a significant milestone for the country’s design landscape. Organised by the Industrial Development Administration and executed by the Taiwan Design Research Institute, this event aims to transcend borders and unite design communities worldwide under the banner of Elastic Bridging.

This overarching theme encapsulates the essence of Taiwan’s approach to design, showcasing the adaptability and interconnectedness of the nation’s creative spirit. If these aren’t enough reasons to entice you to Taiwan Design Week, here are some key highlights not to miss.

1. A global tapestry of creativity

Design weeks serve as vibrant platforms for designers to voice their ideas and showcase their works. Taiwan Design Week, a first-of-its-kind event in the country, promises to be a melting pot of creativity, with a focus on sustainable development and smart innovations that have garnered international acclaim.

2. Local and international exhibition extravaganza

Curated by Double Grass founder Frank Huang and Atelier TBD head Victor Wu, the exhibition will feature 54 local teams and five international teams. Spanning digital media, graphic design, product packaging, applied materials, organic works, food design, and public aesthetics, these teams will present their creations with over 80 per cent of the exhibition’s partitions crafted from circular materials, aligning with principles of sustainable development.

Utilising the Novel AI tool, the curatorial team has woven captivating stories around keywords from the event’s six sections, adding a layer of intrigue to the immersive experience. Furthermore, teams from Thailand, Germany, Greece, and Mexico will contribute time-limited installations both indoors and outdoors, offering diverse creative roadmaps.

3. Global perspectives at forums

With nearly 70 speakers from nine countries participating in eleven insightful sessions, the forums will delve into crucial topics such as sustainable development, smart innovations, artificial intelligence, human-machine interactions, design policy, urban design indicators, architectural trends, and urban aesthetics. These sessions promise to be a wellspring of industry updates and the latest information, serving as a reference for future developments in the world of design. For those unable to attend the sessions in-person, join them virtually. Registration is free.

4. Creativity takes centre stage at design nights

As the sun sets, Taiwan Design Week will transform into a spectacle of creativity during its design nights. From the opening night on 30th November at the Baroque Garden at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, attended by foreign diplomats, public officials, journalists, and design teams, to themed nights like ‘waste reduction’ and ‘public icon design’, each event promises a unique celebration of achievements from the past year and a glimpse into the future. A key highlight is the Golden Pin Design Award Ceremony on 1st December at Taipei Performing Arts Center.

5. A beacon of innovation and cross-cultural collaboration

The inaugural Taiwan Design Week is not just an event; it’s a catalyst for fostering connections, expanding horizons, and establishing platforms for the global design community. With its Elastic Bridging theme, the week promises to showcase how Taiwan adapts and amplifies its impact by connecting wisdom and resources across diverse fields. As the world eagerly anticipates this historic event, the Taiwan Design Week is poised to leave an indelible mark on the international design scene.

IndesignliveAsia is the Singapore media partner for Taiwan Design Week and our editor, Vanitha Pavapathi, will be on location to share the latest updates, coolest exhibitions and thought-provoking insights. Follow us on Instagram @cubes_indesignliveasia for daily updates!

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