Week seven of Virtual Design Festival featured a video interview with Stephen Burks, an exclusive product launch by Tom Dixon and an all-star roundtable discussion with architects Junya Ishigami, Frida Escobedo, Counterspace and more.
Virtual Design Festival, the world's first online design festival, runs until 30 June. For the full schedule of upcoming events, visit dezeen.com/vdf/schedule.
Tuesday 26 May
VDF x Friedman Benda: as part of the Design in Dialogue series of video interviews with New York gallery Friedman Benda, industrial designer Stephen Burks spoke about the stereotyping he was subjected to as an African American working for big European industrial design firms.
VDF x Mark & Stephenson: the first of three documentaries by filmmaking duo Laura Mark and Jim Stephenson to be screened as part of VDF was Zaha Hadid: Words by Eva Jiřičná. The never-before-seen film features Czech architect Jiřičná paying homage to the life and work of her late friend.
Wednesday 27 May
VDF x Therme Art: this live panel discusison featured current and former Serpentine Pavillion designers Frida Escobedo, Junya Ishigami and Counterspace's Sumayya Vally in conversation with architect Stefano Boeri and artist Torkwase Dyson about how the art and design disciplines converge and complement each other.
Screentime with Kulapat Yantrasat: as part of our live interview series Screentime, sponsored by Enscape, Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasat of studio wHY explored his penchant for working on arts and gallery spaces, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Met, Christie's Beverly Hills and a tent for the first Frieze LA.
Thursday 28 May
Scavolini introduces BoxLife: in a Dezeen video produced for Scavolini, Rainlight studio's Yorgo Lykouria introduced a modular furniture system he designed for the Italian furniture brand. Called BoxLife, it can be adapted to form everything from a kitchen to an office or entertainment space.
Screentime with Shahar Livne: Eindhoven graduate Shahar Livne spoke to Dezeen's editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about creating and designing with reclaimed waste materials. In the live interview sponsored by Philips TV & Sound, she touched on the clay imitate she created from discarded plastic and the faux leather she made from waste slaughterhouse byproducts.
Friday 29 May
VDF x Tom Dixon: Tom Dixon used VDF as a platform to launch the Code lighting collection he developed with German brand Prolicht, which features exposed LEDs and circuit boards. He also shared the story behind this latest release in a live interview with Prolicht CEO Walter Norz and Dezeen's Marcus Fairs.
Screentime with Annabelle Selldorf: architect Annabelle Selldorf took stock of some of her favourite projects from her almost 50-year career, in the last of this week's Screentime video interviews sponsored by Enscape.
Did you miss week three? Read our summary of the highlights, including a video message from Ben van Berkel and an exclusive screening of Gary Hustwit's Dieter Rams documentary.
Did you miss week two? Read the summary of the highlights from the second week, including Ron Arad, SO-IL, Kunlé Adeyemi, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Beatie Wolfe and Studio Drift.
Did you miss week one? Read the summary of the first week's highlights include live interviews with Li Edelkoort and Klein Dytham Architecture plus the now-legendary VDF launch movie.
Virtual Design Festival, the world's first digital design festival, runs from 15 April to 30 June 2020 and is sponsored by bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Grohe. For more information about VDF or to join the mailing list, email [email protected].