Self-production or royalty was the question at this year's Blickfang designworkshop, held at Boisbuchet in France and led by designer Sebastian Wrong. "We thought it would be a good idea to bring together the professional design scene with independent, young designers and create a platform where they can discuss the business part of design," said Blickfang CEO Jennifer Reaves.
Lunched to help young designers develop the skills they need to turn their creativity into successful businesses. over the three days of the workshop, designers presented ideas and explained issues they face to a group of curators including former Established & Sons creative director Sebastian Wrong (who now heads new design venture Wrong for Hay), Authentics founder Hansjerg Maier-Aichen, journalist and Magazin curator Eva Steidl, and Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.
In the accompanying film, ideas are brought to the surface and questions are raised about whether designers should actually look after the production themselves, or go down the more conventional route of selling a design to a company that will distribute and sell it. "It's all too easy to pursue your dreams and forget about the really important factor", says Wrong. "Which is: what is it going to cost?"
The business of design is an area that Australian designers grapple with and universities like the University of Technology Sydney are addressing through closer ties between its business and design faculties. While within the industry, companies like Space Furniture are fostering new connections between their international manufacturers and local designers to help the development of new business.
The Space design residency programme was launched in 2010 in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Edra. For 2014 Space and Moooi has announced the Space+Moooi Design Residency that will see an Australian designer inside the Moooi headquarters in Breda, the Netherlands, working under the guidance of Marcel Wanders and Moooi cofounder Casper Vissers.
It's an amazing opportunity for a local designer to work closely with an international manufacturer, gaining insights and first-hand experience across all aspects of the business. Applications are open until 5pm EST November 15. For information and to apply visit the Space website here.