Virtual Design Festival

Ventura Projects and VDF present a live panel discussion on how young designers are facing the future

Designers Nienke Hoogvliet and Ryo Tada, filmmaker Georg Lendorff and Ventura Projects founder Margriet Vollenberg joined Dezeen's Marcus Fairs for a talk about running a studio during lockdown conditions as part of VDF x Ventura Projects.

The live discussion explored how designers that are part of the Ventura Projects stable are adapting to the current situation in which design fairs have been cancelled and studios and workshops are inaccessible for many.

The talk is part of our VDF x Ventura Projects collaboration, which also features three virtual exhibitions curated by the Dutch design platform: Hello Humanity: Dutch Design for a Holistic World features designers working on inclusive projects; Channelling Change: Inside A Designer's Brain explores sustainable design; while 67 designers features the work of 67 designers from the Ventura Projects stable.

Below are more details about the speakers participating in the talk.

Nienke Hoogvliet

Dutch designer Nienke Hoogvliet was due to present her Waterschatten project at Ventura Projects' Channelling Change exhibition as part of Ventura Future 2020 in Milan this month. Hoogvliet, who is struggling with the way she wants to present her work on a digital platform, will explain her thoughts and ideas.

Georg Lendorff

Swiss video artist, motion designer and filmmaker Georg Lendorff exhibited at Ventura Centrale 2019 in Milan last year, where he presented work together with bag brand Freitag. With no events such as trade fairs and public forums to show his work, Lendorff will discuss how he is adapting by developing digital solutions.

Ryo Tada

Japanese designer Ryo Tada of Studio Tada was due to present her FULU project at Ventura Future 2020. FULU, a fingernail-mounted augmented reality haptic interface, can bring the sensation of touch to video calls and gaming apps. In the talk, Tada will discuss how haptic technology could help people during lockdown situations.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival is the world's first online design festival, curated and powered by Dezeen and taking place from 15 April to 30 June 2020. For more information or to join the mailing list email [email protected].

About Ventura Projects

Ventura Projects are exhibitions curated by Utrecht- and Milan-based Organisation in Design that cover the latest developments in contemporary design.

As part of VDF, Ventura Projects is presenting the work of 88 international designers, academies and brands. See work from all the VDF x Ventura Projects participants at