Well-shaped and innovative products and communication projects document Taiwan’s contemporary developments. They testify to the identity of the once “Ilha Formosa” (beautiful island) insular state in the Western Pacific.
The exhibits show the contrast as well as the symbiosis of tradition and modernity, and illustrate the present design understanding of Taiwanese manufacturers and designers. All of the drafts stand for prizewinning design – they were decorated with the Red Dot and the Golden Pin Design Award.
Beginning in the early 1990s, the Asian nation focused on an economy-minded design strategy for the key areas of its economy, including computer technology and mobile communications. With the turn of the millennium more and more non-technological consumer products gained centre stage: bicycles and sporting goods, light fixtures and furniture, even children’s toys and writing implements. But the potential in the field of life science was also realised. Today, traditional forms and materials influence design. The use of bamboo and variations on tea services testify to it and underline the Chinese identity. This tendency is especially noticeable in packaging designs, where technologically complex products are combined with traditional elements of form.
“Formosa Forms – Design trends in technology and lifestyle from Taiwan” presents around 100 exhibits from Taiwanese manufacturers and designers, illustrating the nation’s contemporary design understanding. The special exhibition shows how design helps companies to create visibility and recognition, and thus a strong identity. Taiwanese computers, bicycles and packaging designs are ambassadors of the country and are used by consumers all around the globe.
1 October – 2 November 2014:
Formosa Forms – Design trends in technology and lifestyle from Taiwan
Admission: 9 € (Reduced: 4 €)
Children under 12: free admission
Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Zollverein Areal A (Schacht XII)
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen, Germany
Further information: www.red-dot-design-museum.org