StorefrontMB Announces the 2019 Winnipeg Design Festival Theme

This September, StorefrontMB’s Winnipeg Design Festival (2019 WDF) will focus on encouraging and celebrating the idea of the ‘first-in-time’ or ‘first-of’ within Winnipeg’s design culture.

The annual event will be curated and directed by Jae-Sung Chon and his design team STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields) under the theme PROTO-.

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“Let’s rebrand Winnipeg as a proto-city: a city where new ideas are encouraged and embraced, as its core urbanism,” said Chon. “Winnipeg has always been a place where new ideas and unlikely alliances are forged and accepted, from the time of its settlement (the Forks) through the legacy of its modern architecture (WAG), which continues today (CMHR).”

The University of Manitoba’s architecture professor emphasizes the importance of fostering a culture that embraces “young-emerging-(proto) ideas”.

“Winnipeg can become a city of perpetual festivity, a living laboratory, a campus full of young/fresh ideas, where one learns and grows through living the proto-urban conditions,” said Chon.

Since 2011, the Winnipeg Design Festival has fostered public awareness and appreciation towards the community of talented individuals and groups, in various fields of design.

The 9th annual festival program will include a range of disciplines and industries, within Fashion, Food, Industrial Design, Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Urban Design, from September 26th to 28th.

In addition to new programs being planned for this year’s celebration, the curatorial team of the inaugural Winnipeg Design Festival Awards plans to work with an Inuit Artist to design the award’s trophies.