Virtual Design Festival

The schedule for week nine of Virtual Design Festival

Ini Archibong, Fornasetti, Teresa van Dongen and a virtual tour feature at VDF this week

Week nine of Virtual Design Festival opens with a virtual-reality tour with architect Arthur Mamou-Mani, who will show us around VR versions of his Catharsis and Galaxia buildings created for the Burning Man festival.

The tour, taking place today, will follow a live interview between Mamou-Mani and Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Also on Monday, we celebrate World Oceans Day with an interview with Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organisation that campaigns to protect marine environments.

Rod White, chief designer of Philips TV & Sound, joins VDF for a conversation on Tuesday when we'll also screen a live interview with architect Ini Archibong as part of our Screentime series, sponsored by Philips TV & Sound.

In the schedule for mid-week are interviews with Italian brand Fornasetti and Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen, who uses living organisms and bacteria to generate electricity, as well as a live stream of hospitality awards programme AHEAD's Americas Awards ceremony.

We end the week with a talk and performance from Japanese designer and sound artist Yuri Suzuki and a live Screentime interview with Canadian architects Partisans, sponsored by Enscape.

Photo is by John Curley.

Monday 8 June

4:00pm Interview with Arthur Mamou-Mani

Architect Arthur Mamou-Mani speaks to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs and takes us on a virtual reality tour of some of his projects.

6:00pm Screentime: Parley for the Oceans

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Virtual Design Festival teams up with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans for a live talk with founder Cyrrill Gutsch.

Tuesday 9 June

VDF x Philips TV & Sound

Marcus Fairs will be in conversation with Rod White, chief designer of Philips TV & Sound, about the brand’s current projects and an exciting new design collaboration.

2:00pm Screentime: Ini Archibong

Today’s guest on VDF’s Screentime design series, sponsored by Philips TV and Sound, is Ini Archibong. The Swiss-based designer will talk about his work, which he describes as creating “emotional things with a function.”

Wednesday 10 June


VDF will live stream hospitality awards programme AHEAD‘s ceremony announcing the winners of the 2020 AHEAD Americas awards, which will be followed by a series of exclusive interviews with some of the winners.

8:00pm AHEAD Americas awards ceremony

Fornasetti live interview

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak with Italian design house Fornasetti‘s Barnaba Fornasetti, son of the founder and head of the company, live from Italy.

2:00pm Screentime: Teresa van Dongen

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen joins us for today’s Screentime design discussion. The Amsterdam-based designer is fascinated by nature and science, and has used microorganisms to create electricity and living organisms to power an LED light. Sponsored by Philips TV and Sound.

Friday 12 June

VDF x Yuri Suzuki

Virtual Design Festival teams up with sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki for a live interview and performance.

2:00pm Screentime: Partisans

Canadian architecture studio Partisans, which specialises in the integration of design and technology, speaks to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs in this Screentime interview sponsored by Enscape. Join in to watch from 2pm.