Monoqi and Liberatum to present a Design Summit in Berlin

MONOQI, the online destination for handpicked contemporary design, has partnered with global arts and cultural diplomacy organisation Liberatum, to present a unique one-day international design summit in the heart of Berlin this December.

MONOQI LIBERATUM DESIGN SUMMIT
Kino International, Berlin

1st December 2012, 10am – 6pm

Dare to discover design

MONOQI, the online destination for handpicked contemporary design, has partnered with global arts and cultural diplomacy organisation Liberatum, to present a unique one-day international design summit in the heart of Berlin this December. This multidisciplinary cultural highlight will include a specially curated programme from MONOQI and Liberatum founder, Pablo Ganguli.

The Summit will be held in the striking Kino International theatre building, in the former East Berlin and will feature discussions, interviews and Q&A’s with some of the most celebrated names in design and culture, who will gather for a day of stimulating discussion and the exchange of ideas.

Participants include architect, graphic designer and TED Founder Richard Saul Wurman, International Herald Tribune Design Critic Alice Rawsthorn, publishing powerhouse Gerhard Steidl, award winning architectural photographer Robert Polidori, Academy Award nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips, architect and artist Jürgen Mayer-H, leading British artist Gavin Turk and three generations of the legendary Missoni family – Rosita Missoni, Angela Missoni and Magherita Missoni.

Highlights will include Richard Saul Wurman on his vision for the future of design and architecture, Arianne Phillips on the art of transformation and costume design, Gerhard Steidl and Robert Polidori’s on architectural photography, book design and the culture of analogue print versus digital, Alice Rawsthorn on how the internet is transforming our relationship with design, an architectural analysis with Jürgen Mayer-H, Gavin Turk on art and design and Rosita, Angela and Margherita Missoni on the Missoni heritage and the multiple disciplines of design.

Launched only in March this year, MONOQI is a fast-growing player in the world of design ecommerce. MONOQI curates a daily selection of outstanding design from acclaimed, established designers as well emerging talent, often introducing designers to ecommerce for the first time. MONOQI functions not only as a shop, but as a resource for design—discovering and featuring the latest the world of design has to offer, always striving to satisfy its knowledgeable audience with high-level, yet accessible products.

Teaming up with Liberatum for the MONOQI LIBERATUM DESIGN SUMMIT further demonstrates MONOQI’s interest in the current state of international design, and will offer unique access for the Berlin design community to world-renowned creative minds.

After over a decade of successful Liberatum festivals globally, including Istanbul in 2010 and 2011 and Hong Kong in 2012, the MONOQI LIBERATUM DESIGN SUMMIT in Berlin promises to be a captivating programme hosting of-the-moment discussions around design, art, fashion, film, technology, music and ideas. Building on the momentum of previous global festivals and with MONOQI’s design credentials as creative springboard, the event will be an awe-inspiring day-long cultural convention, featuring a diverse and insightful line up, always keeping a focus on design.

“At MONOQI, we’re always in pursuit of inspiration. Partnering with Liberatum on our first design summit is way for us to share our passion for design and culture with the community we respect and cherish. We’re excited to be welcoming such magnificent creative minds to our hometown, Berlin”, says CEO Simon Fabich.

Liberatum founder Pablo Ganguli comments, “Liberatum is delighted to collaborate with MONOQI and have the opportunity to create a summit programme that celebrates design in its entirety. And what could be a more exciting city to do it in than Berlin.”