Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

Thomas Geisler, as a new design director of the MAK Vienna and the former founder and director of the Vienna Design Week presented his work at Belgrade Design week 2011.

Since 2016 Thomas Geisler is managing director of Werkraum Bregenzerwald, an Initiative of regional handicraft businesses situated in Vorarlberg/Austria, who runs an exhibition building for innovative craftsmanship, design and architecture, which was designed by Pritzker award winner Peter Zumthor. He studied product design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at Denmark Designskole, Copenhagen. Thomas Geisler distinguished himself as an exhibition organizer and author on the topic of contemporary design and everyday culture. Between 2010 and 2016 he was head and curator of the Collection Design at MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts. His work as a lecturer and researcher resulted in participating decisively on the establishment of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Together with Tulga Beyerle and Lilli Hollein he was one of the founders of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, which he also initiated with his master thesis (title: designale – Grundanalyse und Konzept für ein Designfest in Wien). Furthermore he curated contributions for the Vienna Biennale 2015 and for the London Design Biennale 2016. Though Thomas himself is educated as a designer and craftsman, his passion lies within discourse, and in conveying and promoting this disciplines. He takes part in international boards and juries, was co-responsible for founding the Austria Design Net and is still part of the executive board of the Vienna Design Office – Verein Neigungsgruppe Design.


The Belgrade Design Week was the best design conference I have ever enjoyed – the specific spirit of the city in a kind of in between status, the rough tension which can still be felt ten years after the bombs, the pride and the looking for new orientation especially in the young generation – all this is giving the BDW a special flair far away from the current events of the global design circus. In addition the enthusiastic organizational team trying hardly but unsuccessfully to keep the program along the schedules, the informal exchange between the international speakers, the loss of any discipline, the parties on the river … what ever and how ever the interrelations between these aspects are working – it makes the BDW an unique, likeable, inspiring and productive event, I will never forget.