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Press conference starts countdown to BDW15

IMG_1178As the days grow long and the nights get hot, you can be sure summer is fast approaching–and so is Beirut Design Week. Mark your calendar because BDW15 is kicking-off June 1 with a week of more than 150 workshops, conferences, exhibitions and open studios exploring the theme Social Beings.

“Design isn’t just about the objects, it’s about the people behind those objects.” Beirut Design Week Director Doreen Toutikian said while explaining the theme at a press conference Tuesday. Rather, BDW15 is casting light on the interactions made possible by good design, from healthcare to architecture and everything in between.  IMG_1176

More than 140 Lebanese creatives are exchanging knowledge, networking and opening their spaces in BDW15, more than in any preview design week.

They’ll be joined by a roster keynote speakers from corporations and institutions including IBM, Domus Academy, Parsons New York, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and Instituto Europeo di Design for a two-day conference exploring design as the intersection of business, social impact and technology.

In design “you need to have influence from elsewhere, you need to have influence from everywhere,” the Finnish Ambassador said at Tuesday’s press conference at the restaurant Liza as he explained his embassy’s support for Beirut Design Week.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown into one of the key events on Lebanon’s summer social calendar. In addition to exploring the theme of Social Beings, BDW15 will spark discussion on how design can move from aesthetics to values, from elitism to inclusiveness, and from dictation to dialogue.  To find out how you can join more than 4,000 participants daily June 1-7 at Beirut Design Week events held all across greater Beirut, check the program here.

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