Timed to coincide with the Vitra Design Museum’s retrospective exhibition about Alexander Girard, and the acclaimed International Folk Art Market, MDS 2019 focused on the convergence of culture, color and place. Presentations from luminaries in the fields of textiles, design, advertising, fashion and pattern explored how these three factors inform and influence design traditions from around the world. Summit guests also participated in a paper-marbling workshop, toured the world-renowned 30,000-piece class textile and ethnographic dress collection at the Museum of International Folk Art, and visited the Girard exhibition.

In keeping with its mission to examine and advance design and manufacturing practices inspired by cultural material, the 3rd Biennial Museum Design Summit explored the Transformative Power of Place. Discussions ranged from how a place’s geography, culture and natural resources can influence design traditions to how color and culture traditions develop in relation to the place from which they emerge.

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2019 Advisory Panel:

2019 Corporate Partners:

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Cherie Bustamante, Fog & Apple
Royce Epstein, Mohawk
Kimberle Frost, Textile Designer
Tracy Green, Glen Raven
Paul Makovsky, Contract Magazine
Jana Platina Phipps, Trim Queen and Classical Elements