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Dezeen’s prime 10 design-festival installations of 2023


As a part of our 2023 overview, we have chosen the highest 10 installations from this yr’s design and artwork festivals, from a pavilion constituted of palm timber to a light-weight sculpture in a cathedral.

The design calendar was again to full energy in 2023 following three years of pandemic-related disruptions, and Dezeen was in attendance at lots of the main design and structure weeks and festivals throughout the globe.

Under, we select essentially the most noteworthy installations from our protection of the must-sees at 10 main occasions this yr.

For an up-to-date record of design and structure occasions occurring around the globe, take a look at Dezeen Occasions Information.


Aura by Pablo Valbuena at St Paul's Cathedral during LDF 2023
Photograph by Ed Reeve

Aura, London Design Competition, by Pablo Valbuena

As a part of the 2023 version of London Design Competition, Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena created the Aura set up in Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

The set up responds to noises made within the area, together with the speaking of tourists and music made by choirs, represented by a pulsating gentle underneath the church’s dome.

Dezeen editorial director Max Fraser described the site-specific set up as “mesmerising”.

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Photo of 100 Links: Architecture and land, in and out of the Americas
Photograph by Tom Harris/Cory Dewald

100 Hyperlinks: Structure and land, out and in of the Americas, Chicago Structure Biennial, by The Buell Heart and AD–WO

Utilizing surveyor chains, this exhibition on show on the Chicago Cultural Heart for the Chicago Structure Biennial was made to characterize structural methods used in the course of the North American colonial interval.

The set up is suspended from the ceiling of the centre and options books reflecting the piece’s themes, which guests are inspired to take from the area.

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Ukraine Pavilion, Before the Future, at Venice Architecture Biennale
Photograph by Sasha Kurmaz

Earlier than the Future, Venice Structure Biennale, by Iryna Miroshnykova and Oleksii Petrov

Architects Iryna Miroshnykova and Oleksii Petrov created an set up designed to mirror experiences of in search of security from battle for Ukraine’s pavilion for the Venice Structure Biennale.

The pavilion featured a grassy maze and the conversion of a corridor right into a small, bunker-like room meant to create a sense of claustrophobia.

Discover out extra about Earlier than the Future right here ›


Photo of Of Palm pavilion by Abdalla Almulla
Photograph courtesy of Dubai Design Week

Of Palm, Dubai Design Week, by Abdalla Almulla

For Dubai Design Week, architect Abdalla Almulla created the Of Palm pavilion from native bark and fronds from palm timber that includes a ceiling, pillars, stools, show circumstances and flooring.

The pavilion explores sustainable design, addressing how native, natural supplies can be utilized to create shelter, tools, meals and gas.

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Biofoam designs by Natural Material Studio
Photograph courtesy of Pure Materials Studio

Human Nature, 3 Days of Design, by Pure Materials Studio 

Human Nature debuted at artwork gallery Copenhagen Modern throughout 3 Days of Design, comprising of seating and draped textiles constituted of biomaterials.

Designed by Pure Materials Studio, the handcrafted set up makes use of 150 sq. metres of fabric, dyed with chalk and clay to create white and inexperienced hues.

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NYC Design Pavilion by Michael Bennett
Photograph by Jennifer Trahan

Pavilions at NYCxDesign by llLab and Michael Bennett

Chinese language studio llLab and Studio Kër designer Michael Bennett partnered to create pavilions for NYCxDesign constituted of cross-laminated timber and bamboo.

The pavilions had been designed to function a “sacred area” and discover sustainable, sturdy constructing practices.

Discover out extra concerning the pavilions right here ›


Momentum by MAD
Photograph by Moreno Maggi

Momentum, Milan design week, by MAD

Beijing structure observe MAD put in a 12.5-metre-tall dice on the College of Milan for the town’s 2023 design week.

The dice was made utilizing plastic polymer ETFE and iron, reflecting gentle in the course of the day and emitting it at night time utilizing synthetic sources from L&L Luce&Mild.

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Photo of A Subtle Alchemy by Dan Lam
Photograph by Kevin Todora

A Refined Alchemy, Miami artwork week, by Dan Lam

Positioned at artwork museum Wynwood Partitions in Miami, this steel and styrofoam sculpture is layered in vehicle paint to create a colour-changing iridescent impact.

The set up, which was a part of the Miami artwork week programme, options 4 legs and a dripping form mirrored within the marks created by the paint.

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Jabal: 9 Ash Cleansing Temple by Yussef Agbo-Ola
Photograph by Tom Ravenscroft

Jabal: 9 Ash Cleaning Temple, Sharjah Structure Triennial, by Yussef Agbo-Ola

Jabal: 9 Ash Cleaning Temple is a cloth, tent-like temple that was showcased in a classroom on the Al Qasimia College in the course of the second Sharjah Structure Triennial.

The material utilized by architect Yussef Agbo-Ola to create the piece was knitted collectively utilizing jute, hemp and cotton yarns, aiming to handle sustainability and biodiversity within the metropolis of Sharjah.

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Photo of BitCube by Colin O'Donnell
Photograph by Gurpreet Chawla

BitCube, Burning Man, by Colin O’Donnell

Designer Colin O’Donnell created the BitCube construction for Nevada-based arts competition Burning Man, constituted of 224 normal IBC water containers.

The set up serves as a light-weight show, with every dice appearing as a single pixel to create various patterns, and the within of the dice is accessible for guests to discover by means of a aspect doorway.

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Dezeen review of 2023

2023 overview

This text is a part of Dezeen’s roundup of the most important and greatest information and initiatives in structure, design, inside design and expertise from 2023.

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