IFI World Interiors Day (IFI WID) 2018: Design Without Borders






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To call attention to the pervasive global nature and impact of design in today’s shrinking world, members and the world community of IFI—the International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers—have selected “Design Without Borders” as the 2018 theme to explore for this year’s IFI World Interiors Day (IFI WID). Always the last Saturday in May, but celebrated with Interior Architecture/Design showcases throughout the month, IFI WID 2018 is officially designated for Saturday, 26 May 2018. All are invited to participate.

Hosted annually, IFI WID is a long-standing program that engages a broad range of people and communities around the world. The program is structured around a topical area of focus, chosen by IFI's membership of professional Interiors associations. Design professionals, students and enthusiasts, together with institutions, agencies and members of the public, are invited to organize activities and events that explore and dissect the IFI WID theme for that year. Participation in these activities around the globe brings IFI WID to life. While the program formally takes place on the last Saturday in May, IFI WID activities and events may run throughout the entire month.

IFI WID 2018: Design Without Borders

Borders may provide structure, but they do not define us

Borders and boundaries—whether drawn by governments, institutions or citizens—play an important role in determining how we understand the world and our place within it. While consciously drawn boundary lines can foster healthy connections and forge identities, they can also breed misunderstanding and perpetuate division. Borders are not just physical but also metaphorical; they are embedded in our social, political, cultural, disciplinary and emotional realities. These literal and symbolic partitions guide our thoughts and inform our actions to shape the human experience. This IFI WID 2018, participants are challenged to design activities and events that explore all realms of the boundaries that divide and unite us in order to celebrate the fundamentally human elements that connect us all.

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We want to know what unique ways your community will explore "Design Without Borders" this IFI WID. Please submit your IFI WID activities and events using the Submission Form on the IFI website and your plans/group/organization/institution/city may be featured in IFI communications. https://ifiworld.org/programs-events/world-interiors-day/

FI WID is not one central event but a collection of independently organized events that take place in communities around the world on the designated day (26 May 2018) and throughout the month of May. Please note that this means there will not be an event held at IFI Headquarters (708 3rd Ave, NY, NY, USA) on 26 May 2018.

Who should attend

IFI challenges design associations and institutions around the world to lead local organizing efforts this IFI WID by designing and executing strategic events that bring creatives together with purpose and intention. We encourage everyone who is passionate about Interiors and design to join with community members to celebrate the value that interior spaces and those who create them bring to our lives, examine the instrumental role that these spaces play in human development and collectively voice the power of design as a constructive process and a tool for understanding.

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How to Participate

IFI WID activities and events are independently organized and vary in type, size, and location. In the past, activities have ranged from individual showcase to small group discussions to large city-wide events. Individuals may work with local and/or national organizations to link their activities to form larger celebrations that engage multiple communities. IFI supports proactive events that respect all peoples, societiesand cultures. Some ways to celebrate IFI WID 2018 are:

Work with your local government to raise public awareness of the environmental impact of design and how this may cause division or unity. Programs for advocacy are encouraged. Or have your city adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration in honor of IFI World Interiors Day (IFI WID). By adopting the IFI Interiors Declaration, your city joins a vast and influential network of urban leaders who have pledged their support to progressive design that promotes social and economic development for citizens. To learn more about how to adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration, please email programs@ifiworld.org.

Explore public spaces in your neighborhood or city and map out how you might use borders more effectively and/or disrupt them.

Open door programs, where interior architects/designers may showcase interiors spaces normally closed to the public. Combine several of these open door programs to create a walking tour that also displays your city’s public spaces.

Open your practice and invite the public in to see how interior architects/designers work and the environments in which they design.

Exhibitions, art events and tradeshows for a curated experience of art and design that cuts across borders.

Lectures, talks, discussions by interior architects/designers, built environment industry members and other experts at schools, public libraries or other institutions and companies with a broad range of expertise.

Multi-disciplinary panels and events that engage institutions, organizations

Kids’ activities for the next generation of designers! Work with educators to engage children in a range of creative, practical or fun experiences that raise their awareness of the spaces that surround them.