Another unmissable venue is the large Palmenhaus greenhouse in the city centre, flanked on one side by semi-anthropomorphic sculptures, also reminiscent of strange animals, by Florian Tanzer, hidden among the majestic tropical plants. On the other, the designer Jutta Goessl is showcasing her extremely pragmatic project Think About the Box, a rethinking of the entire delivery sector, adapting the folding boxes commonly used for fruit and vegetables into reusable boxes that can be carried in multiuse bags, created using material from trucks. An ambitious project that aims to slot very simply and naturally into one of the systems that produces the most waste created by the Western lifestyle.
Then there’s an obligatory visit to the showroom of the historic glass chandelier-makers Bakalowitz, where the designer Anna Zimmermann has conceived a series of furnishings and accessories made from the metal components of these iconic lights after observing the way in which the company works, intuiting that “metal is the essence itself of the chandeliers, since it enables all the components to be held together.” Yet another unmissable stop is the Alpen group exhibition, a transalpine project produced by designers from Switzerland, Austria and Germany, which explores and reinterprets the Alps, combining natural and artificial elements, myths, symbols and science.
Vienna Design Week runs from 16th to 25th September 2022, in and around the three main locations: GSTÄTTN in Mollardgasse 50, GEWÖLBE in Rahlgasse 8 and GASSE in Esterházygasse 22.
Full information on the Vienna Design Week website