28 October, the 6th edition of Łódź Design Festival, one of the largest events of its kind devoted exclusively to the art of design, came to an end. It lasted for 11 days, during which it attracted over 45,000 participants, while a variety of exhibitions and events were held at more than 20 locations across Łódź.
The interiors of the Festival Centre spanning over an area of 10,000 sq m were arranged by Centrala, a Warsaw-based interior design practice. 35 kilometres of multi-coloured ribbon were used for decorative purposes and according to the motto of this year’s festival (AWARENESS), the ribbon will now be recycled and reused by Łódź’s designers but not only them.
More than 1,100 objects by over 640 designers were presented in all festival exhibitions. Their work provoked discussion of new dimensions of social awareness: ecological, material, spatial and transportational. The Forum: Design & Architecture gave attendees the opportunity to participate in more than 35 lectures held by our guests from all over the world. They addressed the topics related to the current changes in today’s world and new working methods used by designers.
It was possible to organise 2012 Łódź Design Festival thanks to cooperation with nearly 90 partners, including the City of Łódź Office and the Main Festival Patron Paradyż Ceramics. As in previous years, volunteer staff provided substantial support to the Festival. More than 300 people had reported their willingness to help and thereby participate in this exceptional feast of design.
Łódź City President Hanna Zdanowska has expressed her support for the Festival by drawing attention to the fact that the event is consistent with the development strategy for Łódź as the city of creative industries and it has a major positive impact on the city’s image. The 6th edition of Łódź Design Festival has attracted wide media coverage, from TV and radio to print and online, with more than 1,300 news releases and articles since the 1st of August 2012.