Once again, Montréal designers and architects open their doors to the public. May 1 and 2, 2010, from noon to 5 p.m.
To learn more and create your itinerary visit www.DesignMontrealOpenHouse.com
Step into designers’ worlds
As usual, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the winners of national and international design competitions in their work surroundings. Architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners will show off their latest achievements using models, drawings, photos, video screenings, interactive installations and more.
Design for all!
Visitors of all ages—from inquisitive first-timers to seasoned design aficionados—will be delighted. The event offers a diverse line-up of programming, including some activities that are brand-new this year.
Members of the public will be able to soak up the sights and sounds of the city thanks to themed walking itineraries offered as podcasts, explore the works of emerging designers, enjoy exhibitions by graduating students in the various design and architecture disciplines, and visit art and design landmarks in Montréal. In addition, a wide range of family-friendly events is planned, with entertaining and educational activities for young people aged 10 and up.
Local talents, international reputations
This year, nine talented designers will be showcased as part of the exhibition-performance Regard 9 at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Saturday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Selected by guest curator Frédéric Gauthier, founder and head of comic-book/novel publisher La Pastèque, these emerging designers share an approach to their practice that is off the beaten path, favouring creative processes that blend artisanal manufacturing techniques with intensive research into materials, their origin and their history. Several of them have had their work shown abroad. Visitors are invited to watch them create one-of-a-kind works right before their eyes. This activity will be followed by a party lasting until midnight.
Create your itinerary and use public transportation
The Design Montréal Open House organizers, in partnership with the STM and Bixi, invite everyone to take public transit, ride bicycles or walk to the participating venues in each neighbourhood. An interactive map will be available on the www.DesignMontrealOpenHouse.com website to help visitors plan itineraries based on their interests and share them with Facebook friends. And four bloggers will suggest activities and reveal their favourites.
The Design Montréal Open House is an initiative of the Ville de Montréal in collaboration with the professional design community and in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, pursuant to the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montréal.