Virtual Design Festival – Virtual Design Festival – Dezeen

Running from 15 April to 10 July 2020, Virtual Design Festival was the world’s first online design festival. It was sponsored by bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Grohe.
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After three months, two million video plays, over 600 posts and more than 50 live interviews, Virtual Design Festival has come to an end. From defining a new design movement to imagining new planets and urban wildernesses, here are a few of the agenda-setting ideas it raised. More
A virtual-reality trip to Burning Man, the launch of an architectural intervention at Lisbon’s MAAT museum and a live foraging tour in a Finnish forest are among the trailblazing events that took place as part of the world’s first Virtual Design Festival. More
How do you launch a product where there are no design fairs? Virtual Design Festival provided a new digital platform for brands to unveil their latest collections. Here’s a roundup of some of its best brand collaborations and product launches. More
Here are the most innovative projects from our VDF school shows, which offered a platform for students and graduates to showcase their work during the coronavirus pandemic. More
Since VDF launched on 15 April, we have broadcast nearly 200 videos, which have been viewed more than two million times. Here are the 10 most-watched movies. More
In the final event of Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival, musician Imogen Heap gives an exclusive live performance using piano, vocals and her Mi.Mu gloves. Tune in live from 6:30pm UK time. More
Imogen Heap speaks to Dezeen live and shares a homemade music video in the first part of Virtual Design Festival’s collaboration with the musician today. More
In the final instalment of Lensvelt’s collaboration with Virtual Design Festival, the Dutch design brand showcases three seating collections at the VDF products fair by OMA, Richard Hutten and Staat. More
Henrybuilt founder Scott Hudson speaks to Dezeen in a live Screentime conversation as part of Virtual Design Festival’s collaboration with the interior fittings brand. More
Barcelona fashion and accessories brand MAM is showcasing a trio of raffia accessories at the VDF products fair, each of which can be adapted for different uses and occasions. More
V&A East director Gus Casely-Hayford explains how he plans for the new museum in east London to reach a more diverse audience in the final talk as part of our collaboration with Friedman Benda for VDF. Tune in from 11:00am UK time. More
This VDF school show of work from the University of Brighton‘s School of Architecture and Design includes a VR basketball court, anarchistic house extensions and bioreceptive building blocks made with food waste. More
How will Dutch Design Week adapt to the realities of coronavirus? The final day of VDF kicked off with a live conversation between Dutch Design Foundation director Martijn Paulen, Eindhoven designer Kiki van Eijk and Design Academy Eindhoven creative director Joseph Grima. More
This VDF school show by Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design features a conceptual biomass power plant and a proposal that reimagines the school’s brick facade as fur. More
Lucy McRae spoke to Dezeen in a live Screentime conversation as part of our collaboration with her for Virtual Design Festival. More
Five architecture students from the University of Oregon present their visions of a Centre for Democracy and Environmental Justice to repair “damaged urban context” in this VDF school show. More
As part of today’s VDF collaboration with Lucy McRae, the artist and designer has unveiled a conceptual survival raft that comforts the sole occupant as they drift into the unknown. More
This captioned video, produced for Virtual Design Festival in collaboration with the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, presents a selection of projects developed by students in their final year at the Austrian university. More
On 9th July, Virtual Design Festival teamed up with artist Lucy McRae, starting with a screening of her short film The Institute of Isolation, which explores how architecture could help the human body evolve to survive long-distance space travel. More
Students from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) are sharing projects that aim to create a healthier, more sustainable and democratic society as part of their VDF school show. More