MAK DESIGN LAB

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

A project of the MAK in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
 
Design is much more than just the designing of “things”: design is an attitude, a way to instigate change, to make new approaches conceivable and tangible. Design contributes to the formation of our world and the way we live together and helps to expand human possibilities of agency and decision. All the objects–analog and digital–with which we surround ourselves, which we produce, buy, use, and discard, influence us and our environment. In the process, our social concerns and attitudes determine their application.
 
Across approximately 2 000 square meters, the MAK DESIGN LAB demonstrates the many ways design can contribute to positive change. Contemporary projects by designers, artists, architects, programmers, activists, and idealists that react to the challenges of the 21st century and visualize problems, suggest alternatives, or offer solutions are contextualized in complex ways with historical approaches from the MAK collection.
 
More than 500 objects, as well as tools, scientific research, and technologies present alternative paths for our current lifestyles and show approaches for a sustainable transformation of our modes of production, lifestyles, habits, and systems.
 
With imagination, creativity, playful experimentation, and a holistic viewpoint, the MAK DESIGN LAB directs our attention to the consequences of our current lifestyle, but also to what innovative solutions mean for every one of us.
 
Curators: mischer’traxler Studio (Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler), Janina Falkner, New Concepts for Learning, und Marlies Wirth, Curator, Digital Culture and MAK Design Collection
Assistance: Viktoria Heinrich, MAK Design Collection
Communication Design and Interaction Design: LWZ, Vienna
 

The reorganization of the MAK DESIGN LAB is financially supported by the EU program Interreg V-A Slovakia–Austria (Project “Design & Innovation”).

   

slovenská verzia

 

MAK LAB APP

The brand-new MAK LAB APP, a project in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, mediates crucial issues for shaping the future in this era of Digital Modernity and climate change. Attractively designed with a playful approach to the subject, it complements the parcours of the MAK DESIGN LAB, which was newly set up in 2019, and since the beginning of the year can be accessed on all smartphones at lab.mak.at.

Program (20 Events)

Sun, 25.9.2022 10 am6 pm
Sun, 25.9.2022 3 pm3.30 pm
Heritage Day 2022

Expert tour of the building

with Gundi Eßlinger, Head, Facility Management, MAK
fully booked
Sun, 25.9.2022 3 pm5 pm
Heritage Day 2022

MAK Design Kids: Our Old Houses

Designing in an Eco-Friendly Way
MAK Design Kids: Our Old Houses
In a workshop for children ages 8 to 12 in the MAK Columned Main Hall, we will look into redesigning our “old houses and streets” in an eco-friendly way. 
Together, we will design imaginative and alternative ideas to redesign existing urban buildings based on eco-friendly standards. 
 
MAK Columned Main Hall
Registration required

Free admission with registration
1459977554986
Sun, 25.9.2022 4 pm5 pm
Heritage Day 2022

Tour of the MAK Design Lab

fully booked
Sat, 1.10.2022 6 pm—Sun, 2.10.2022 1 am
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Media

MAK Design Lab © Joseph Krpelan/MAK
Valentin Ruhry, Untitled (Hello World), 2011 © esel.at
MAK Design Lab © MAK/Kristina Wissik
Gerrit Rietveld, Children's Chair, ca 1920 © MAK 
The reorganization of the MAK DESIGN LAB is financially supported by the EU program Interreg V-A Slovakia–Austria (Project “Design & Innovation”).
MAK DESIGN LAB, Communication Design and Interaction Design: LWZ, Vienna
Klemens Schillinger, Substitute Phones, 2017
© L. Hilzensauer
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK DESIGN LAB © MAK/Kristina Wissik
MAK DESIGN LAB © MAK
mischer’traxler studio, Level – The Fragile Balance of Utopia, 2016/2019
© esel.at
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK
mischer'traxler studio und LWZ, Prospects, 2019
© Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK
MAK DESIGN LAB © Stefan Lux/MAK