BIRGIT LOHMANN / Designboom (DE/IT)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2014, Belgrade Design Week Festival 2008

Birgit Lohmann is founder and editor-in-chief of designboom, based in Milan (HQ), New York, Beijing and Tokyo. Established in 1999, designboom.com is the world’s first cultural online magazine for art, architecture and technology.

Born in Hamburg, Birgit Lohmann studied industrial design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked since 1987. She was making design projects with the ‘godfathers’ of Italian cool: Achille Castiglioni, Elio Fiorucci, Vico Magistretti, Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari and Renzo Piano. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities.

designboom aims to bring together professional and young creatives from a diverse range of backgrounds. By publishing the latest news and key issues in the fields of architecture, design, technology and art, its mission is unearthing the best projects and curating a selection of the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture… Before you can find it anywhere else.

In 2007, TIME magazine chose designboom as one of the TOP 100 design influencers in the world, one of just eight online publications to be so named. In 2013, the Webby awards selected designboom as an honourable mention in the category of best cultural blog and in 2014, were nominated for a Webby in the category of best lifestyle.

In April 2014, a Chinese edition has been launched, and designboom.cn has already been one of the most popular online design and architecture magazines in mainland China. The site sees a selection of articles from the established English publication translated into Mandarin, supplemented by local content that covers developments in the region’s creative scene, to give it added relevance to its targeted audience. designboom China brings the best of art, architecture, design and technology to the Chinese community.

designboom undertakes innovative cultural exhibition projects and brings together designers and design entrepreneurs from around the world. Inventing the pop-up phenomenon, since 2005, designboom’s readers have participated in our acclaimed temporary mart exhibitions inside international trade fairs in New York, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto.

www.designboom.com

Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!

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