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“The ‘back to basics’ mood was something that occurred naturally, it was a feeling of running away from anything artificial or ‘fantastic’, I felt the need to look at more human, more down to earth work.” – Ana Domínguez Siemens, curator of the Spanish collection, “BACK TO BASICS” “BACK TO BASICS” is part of the…

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“All influences show a great sense of freedom in this collection. Art is everywhere, as an approach or as references, and that would speak against this French heritage that loves to set up strict limitations for all fields. This collection of French design is free and joyful.” – François Leblanc Di Cicilia, curator of the…

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“The collection started very intuitively from some pieces, which are made out of unconventional materials such as salt, eggshells, stone coal, or discarded marble. I like how these designers turn – at first sight – simple, commonplace materials into high-quality, exclusive products, and how they play with the conventions around value and whether something is…

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“The common thread is that all of the designers selected are working with different materials in new and unexpected ways. Either through taking traditional processes and techniques and re-thinking the way that they work with those techniques or by completely inventing new materials and techniques in unexpected ways either through technology or by hand.” –…

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“The ‘New Reality’ for design means a juxtaposition of craft and technology, serial and individual, customised and mass-produced – all of those you can see in the selected items.” – Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, curator of “LIVING OBJECTS” “LIVING OBJECTS” is part of the Virtual Design Destination presented by Adorno at London Design Festival, 12 – 20…

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“…I wanted to select objects that could bring some peace to minds, restore a connection with nature and history, even if some of us are locked inside of our homes because of the virus, not knowing how the nearest future will look.” – Audronė Drungilaitė, curator of the Lithuanian collection, “Race with Nature” “Race with…

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“By choosing works for the collection, I was looking to designers of various disciplines and generations, united by the passion to discover new dimensions of material, as a result of endless experiments.” – Dita Danosa, curator of the Latvian collection, “Near and Far – Be Dazzled!” “Near and Far – Be Dazzled!” is part of…

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“The pieces in the collection all are in tune with the new reality we live in; [the] designers explore new possibilities and ways of being, but also refuse to not look back to the past.” – Kai Lobjakas & Anne Vetik, curator of the Estonian collection, “Can You Feel It?” “Can You Feel It?” is…

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“It was like pieces of a puzzle that fell into place when drafting the underwater thematics. These works came immediately to my mind due to their visual and formal connection with the subaquatic theme.” – Suvi Salonemi, curator of the Finnish collection, “Against the Burn” “Against the Burn” is part of the Virtual Design Destination…

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“The collection is … a small window into the contemporary Romanian design scene, which during this period tries to reinvent itself and to adapt to the new realities, by innovating and changing their practices.” – Maria Nerieciu & Jimmy MacDonald, co-curators of the Romanian collection, “Time for Change” “Time for Change” is part of the…

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“Anyone that creates for a living faces challenges relating to restrictions – lack of funding, access to materials and equipment, the time you need to create something, and so on. The pandemic only added to this long list of restrictions, but then something interesting happened with these makers – many of them altered their making…

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“…designers and artists have an important role to play, whether that is by adopting more sustainable ways of working, or speculating about and through technology, or creating critical futures to facilitate today’s decision making.” – Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir & María Kristín Jónsdóttir, curators of the Icelandic collection, “Attunement” “Attunement” is part of the Virtual Design…