San Francisco Design Week

SFDW returns, June 20 - 28 at Pier 27, announcing its 2019 theme: CommUNITY


San Francisco Design Week 2019, Photo courtesy of Fanette Mellier
From June 20, 2019 until June 28, 2019
Collaborations among creative professionals are on the rise, creating a dynamic community of purpose in today's complex world. This year, San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) returns, June 20 - 28 at Pier 27, announcing its 2019 theme: CommUNITY.
The community event is organized by AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design in partnership with industry organizations IDSAthe Center for Architecture and AIASFFAMA, and,IXDA. The eight-day celebration highlights San Francisco as the world’s most influential design center, offering visitors a rare opportunity to engage with the region's thriving design industry.
“San Francisco is the innovation capital of the world ,” says Dawn Zidonis, executive director, San Francisco Design Week. "Powerful ideas have taken root from the region's nimble start-ups to become global phenomena, affecting the daily lives of billions of people across the world. Designers are often key participants, either as entrepreneurial partners, or as problem-solvers, bringing high value to a business concept. San Francisco Design Week offers a rare window into the future."
This year’s program continues to reflect the diversity of design disciplines practiced across the Bay Area. A major part of Design Week is the Design Hub, a central location which houses a broad range of activities, including talks, installations, and exhibitions, followed by a week-long series of events hosted across the city at design studios and other local venues, such as museums, shops, restaurants, and pop-up locations.
The 5,000 sq. ft. exhibition showcase reaches thousands of designers across multiple disciplines, from interior to industrial, VR to product, AI to graphic and more. The exhibition space is free and open to the public throughout the day.Among one of the highlights of the upcoming SFDW will be Masako Miki's “Forest of Yokai” (shapeshifters) Artist Installation at Design Hub Pier 27. 
Artist Masako Miki lives between two cultures, questioning her own cultural identity by referencing Japanese traditions and cultures based on Shinto’s animism. She strives to emphasize sensibilities of inclusiveness, connectedness, and empathy, which are obscured in our current society. The artist will create an original SF Design Week installation of life-sized felt sculpture pieces, similar to her recent exhibition at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive.