Meșteshukar ButiQ @ VIENNA DESIGN WEEK

Salut, România! With its changing focus, year after year the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK gives us richly detailed insights into the creativity of another European country. The spotlight onto Eastern Europe this year illuminates a multifaceted landscape – both in topography and in design!

Meșteshukar ButiQ (MBQ), the București-based social enterprise and member of the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership is participating at the VDW in framework of this year’s country focus. It is working on revaluing traditional Roma craftsmanship and provides premium lifestyle products with a story and design that stands out in any context, using a blend of centuries-old techniques combined with contemporary design.

29.09.– 8.10.2017,
Festivalzentrale Süd am Sparkassenplatz
Sparkassenplatz 4, 1150 Vienna

The design duo zerunianandweisz has accompanied Meșteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) since the very beginning: Nadja Zerunian and Peter Weisz discuss, draw, forge ideas. They sit side by side with the Roma craftspeople who are supported by the initiative – whether in the bone-chilling cold of the Transylvanian winter, or the baking heat of the summer: “We’re on the spot when the objects take shape in minutely detailed handicraft. They look at us, talk to us, follow us. Now they’re also going to talk to their observers.” FIDDLER, PFEIFFER & SCHLAU is a cooperative venture between zerunianandweisz and Meșteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) as part of the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership. In addition to the presentation in the Festival Headquarters, Meșteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) will open up a pop-up shop on Blindengasse 3, 1080 Vienna on 5 October at 6pm.

BUY SOCIAL DESIGN A Pop-up shop for furnishing and design products
29.09.– 8.10.2017
Festivalzentrale Nord im Blauen Haus
Europaplatz 1, 1150 Vienna

Cocktail 30.09.2017 at 5pm
Finissage 08.10.2017 at 5pm

How design can make a contribution to a better world is shown by the social businesses GOODGOODs, magdas DESIGN, NUT & FEDER, and zerunianandweisz for MBQ. All four initiatives combine the work of international designers with the handicraft skills of people facing special challenges – and then place them with their potential and abilities at the center of activities. Besides the appreciation of their work, they often create concrete opportunities of integration through high-quality products and professional marketing. BUY SOCIAL DESIGN – this means: four initiatives united in a pop-up shop with a sense of purpose. The temporary Shop of BUY SOCIAL DESIGN also at the Blickfang Wien 2017: 27 – 29 October. in MAK Vienna, Weiskirchnerstrasse 3, 1010 Vienna.

Wiener Silber Manufactur
29.09.– 7.10.2017 Spiegelgasse 14, 1010 Wien

Cocktail 29.09.2017 at 5pm

The history of the Wiener Silber Manufactur began in the year 1882. It is a success story informed by passion for the material. Last year, zerunianandweisz delighted visitors at the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK with their narrative assemblages. They themselves, in turn, were delighted by Zizi Jeanmaire quite recently, one of the most successful ballerinas of the 1950s: Her grace and gorgeously quivering feather costume open the pages to a tongue-in-cheek story during the Passionswege 2017, told by zerunianandweisz and the Wiener Silber Manufactur.

7.10.2017, 10am–2pm
Festivalzentrale Süd am Sparkassenplatz
Sparkassenplatz 4, 1150 Wien

Based on the exhibits by zerunianandweisz, eematico is organizing a hands-on workshop for five- to eight-year-olds: The children use different materials to make toy versions of the figural exhibits FIDDLER, PFEIFFER & SCHLAU. Wood, string, wire, paper, and cardboard are cut, polished, glued, screwed, or painted, all according to the children’s ideas. At the end, they present their finished objects, explain what the toys represent, and have them photographed for the hall of fame. The workshop aims to make children familiar with design as a means of thinking and doing, which acts as a connecting link between different cultures and crafts. Maximum of 15 children per workshop.

Age group : 5-11 years old
Time of each session: 45min
three sessions: starting at 10, 11 and 12 o’clock

please register with by 5 October.

Photo: Katharina Gossow