More than 90000 people, over than 40 inndependent international research projects, two light but giant installations, a terrace campsite, over 4000 square metres of exhibition space, five design residencies and a music festival. This is what We Will Design — The Convivial Laboratory was all about.

From 15 to 21 April, 2024 BASE has opened its doors to a temporary community of designers, architects, artists to reflect on the most innovative practices of coexistence.

Take a look at how it went:

The Camp

Live from the terrace of BASE from 12 to 23 April, designers have lived a collective experiment investigating different forms of living. More than ten days to live together and exchange practices based on being together, from baking to the tea ceremony to live radio broadcasts by Elevator Radio.
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Talamo: the installation by Lemonot at BASE

A performative and habitable sculpture. A giant light bed, which became a room without delimiting a volume. A soft, fluid landscape that took shape thanks to its constant movement between floor and ceiling, shaped by the force of gravity and the interactions with the most disparate bodies.
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4000sqm on two floors: Exhibit is We Will Design’s large exhibition that brought together the work of academies, universities, design studios, emerging designers.

The Plantslator — Eros Risiglione

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The Plantslator, inspired by the desire to communicate with a special hill, translates plant signals into sound, revealing unique patterns…

Walls That Match My Mood — Laura Stachon 

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Walls That Match My Mood’ delves into the shyness of Laura Stachon, unveiling a connection between spatial perception and self-esteem,…

Information Smuggling — Augustina Lavickaitė

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Information Smuggling delves into the media ecosystem of illicit publishing and the dissemination of information as acts of resistance against…

The Southern Thruway — Susanna Tomassini 

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Shared households have become a common living arrangement for many young adults, often driven by economic constraints. While being a…

Slavic phantasmagoria — Sonia Górecka 

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Amidst Slavic geopolitical destabilisation, the project reinterprets ancient folklore symbols into contemporary totems, merging old and new techniques. It creates…

An Inquiry into Dutch Dumplings — Anas Chao 

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This installation portrays Anas Chao’s research into the existence of Dutch dumplings in the hodgepodge of today’s society. The idea…

The Plastic Car (is made from metal) — Gijs Schalkx

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Gijs Schalkx redesigned an abandoned car to run on fuel made from plastic waste. The de-refinery converts plastic waste into…

Poison Apple — Holly Zambonini 

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It is hypothesized that if a person of 65 kg were to eat 40 apples (200 apple seeds), they would…

Queer, Folks. — Marco Loi 

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Queer, Folks analyses the relationship between queerness and Sardinian rural geographies, exploring how the performativity of folk tradition produces norms…

RGD Furniture — Falsework & Bovrie 

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RGD Furniture showcases the first results of an ongoing study into the design and manufacture of a sustainable, modular construction…

Sonic Driving x Heartsync — Laura Papke x Nino Basilashvili

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An interactive installation designed to facilitate connectedness where articipants are invited to engage in a multisensory journey exploring their heartbeats…

Weathering Ports: Sensing, Performing, and Acting Bodies — Yeon Sung 연성

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The project explores the polluted weather of Maasvlakte, an artificial industrial zone within the Port of Rotterdam, through artistic practices…

Touching Matter — Dóra Léhy

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You are invited to touch, hold, caress, press, feel the different softness and temperatures of the Touching Tools, exploring the…

Twining the Underneath — Qiaochu Guo

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Senses will be stimulated through a series of objects that blend the space and the body, interpreting the experience of…

French Design Granted — Agora du Design

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For four decades, Agora du Design has been a pivotal figure in France’s design landscape. Positioned at the nexus of…

Sit with me — Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Politehnica University Timișoara

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This exhibition presents small, original state objects, made by students which reinterpret the traditional Romanian chair from the perspective of…

BioWdesign —  Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia, Department of Furniture and Interior Design

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BioWdesign is an ongoing interdisciplinary project funded by The Slovak Research and Development Agency conducted by the Design Department of…

Echoes of Tomorrow  —  Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana 

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This installation engages in critical discourse on the environmental and social repercussions. The selected case study, Dodola, a master’s project…

DESIGN ACROSS THE BORDERS IN TIMES OF GLOBAL CRISIS  —  Design for Sustainability Lab (Università degli Studi di Firenze)  

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The Laboratory of Design for Sustainability (LDS) at the University of Florence integrates different disciplines such as Biodesign, Circular Design,…

Weightless Visions — Tecnológico de Monterrey  

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A travel kit created especially for Design Week based on personal needs and desires to feel close to one’s hometown….

DESIGN × SCIENCE — Slovak University of Technology

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DESIGN × SCIENCE presents design research projects by doctoral students from Faculty of Architecture and Design in Bratislava. Seven authors…

BEING WITH-IN — The Royal College of Art  

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Architectural Design Studio 7, alongside other Design Studios from MA Architecture, MA City Design, MA Fashion at the Royal College…

Material Futures — Central Saint Martins  

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Material Futures is where science, technology and design collide. We invite practitioners from all fields of the creative industries to…

Escape to the Rooftop Studio — Elevator Radio  

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During Design Week, on BASE Milano’s rooftop, Elevator Radio presents a journey to radical design, as we redefine reality and…

Giulia Del Gobbo — The body in the world of design

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Designed initially for Italian CAM centers, activities and interactive objects are woven into a day-long workshop divided into three moments:…

The ‘ORGANic club — Ziyi Lian

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A series of functional sculptures, to give new value to “undesirable” materials (discarded packaging materials such as bubble wrap, polystyrene…

The Popping Sound of Bubble Wrap — Ilaria Cavaglià

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A series of functional sculptures, to give new value to “undesirable” materials (discarded packaging materials such as bubble wrap, polystyrene…

Elle Hey & Ildoppiosegno Design Studio  — Chorus of Things 

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Do you want to engage in a unique choral ensemble? Elle Hey will guide you through her touchable installation that…

UNA SEDIA, UN TAVOLO, UN EVENTO — Sintetica Collettivo  

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Conviviality, self-building, relationship spaces: lunch is served.Through a series of workshops, modular furniture will be built to stimulate creativity and…

Rendez-vous autour du brasero — Rosalie Piras

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A mobile brazier made of terracotta. This sociability object moves with the help of 2 or 4 people and is…

Lison Guéguen — Borrowing Materials 

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A collection of temporary objects made out materials harvested within a 5km radius of Lison’s workshop, crafted with local know-how…

TATREEZ COLLECTIVE COLLECTION — SO + Tatreez Design

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This collection combines the creativity of international designers with the traditional Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery technique of the Tatreez Design craftswomen,…

The Common Thread — Kasia Rachuba + Design Academy Eindhoven 

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How do we understand cuisine and its connection to identity? By bringing together six individuals with six variations of the…

Claudia Rao Hackett  — Within my mind 

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‘Within my mind’ is an audio visual installation which explores the themes of mental health and internal dialogue. Visitors are…

Liana Kuyumcuyan  — The Absent Speaker’s corner  

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As in confessionals, users will be encouraged to speak and listen without visual bias, facilitating inclusive dialogue, enabling diverse perspectives…

Time well spent dismantling your black box(es): for all watched over by Cookie Monsters of loving grace — Yufei Gao + Design Academy Eindhoven

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A video installation that dives into the socioeconomic and environmental impact of AI. Yufei Gao embodies the “cookie monster” illustrating…

BEAT — Eccentrico + NOI Libreria

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Eccentrico – a project of the company Galileo s.r.l. specialising in the production and marketing of Italian ceramics – joins…

Kaas FM — Ingrid Enache

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Kaas FM is an online radio station broadcasting entirely Dutch alternative music, creating a bond between Dutch music and its…

The Mobility Scooter Dance Collective (DUTCH: Het Scootmobiel Dans Collectief) — Femke Hoppenbrouwer + Design Academy Eindhoven

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By collectively exploring and executing new dance moves with mobility scooters as extentions of bodies, the collective amplifies the visibility…

my body is a walking exhibition —  Bhavneet Kaur 

Design Week 2024: The Convivial Laboratory
my body is a walking exhibition challenges the imperial gaze and the assumed right to see what is exhibited. It…

From The Silence  — T12 Lab

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This collection of objects originates from a design workshop where industrial production scraps are transformed into objects through a shared…

CHOLONIZACIÓN — Tin Ayala 

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A platform that applies andean transcultural methodologies to foster the expression of Cholo communities (marginalized social groups in the Andes…

Floatingsound-Moving The Waters  — MTMY

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This project merges ancient printing techniques on water with color and vibrations to create unique visual effects. This organic art…

POV: Exploring Pornucopia — Berta Grau Sánchez

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An installation containing a video essay that narrates a visit to Pornhub, which subverts the site’s interface and the footage…

Five rooms for five designers from around the world. Temporary Home was the special residence in casaBASE, our hostel.

ROOM01: Found in Translation — Computer Room

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“Found in Translation” takes 5 stories from 5 people in 5 languages and translates them into 5 interpretations to inspire…

ROOM02: Angeli’s the light — Montjoi Institut

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It was four years of attempts to find a good life in industrial Eindhoven, the city of light. Years spent…

ROOM03: Radical Rituals 45ºN 1ºW-45ºN 35ºE — forty five degrees

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In Radical Rituals, we collect spatial protocols following an imaginary line: the 45°N parallel. This line crosses Europe, from the Atlantic…

ROOM04: MOULTING — Erica Curci

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Our superficial layer is inhabited, in the corners and crevices of every human being, and especially in their guts, resides…

ROOM05: Without a House — Sophie Conroy

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“Where is home?”. In a six month long experiment, Sophie Conroy chose to live without her own house in the…

Public Program

Alternative Forms of Collective Living / Queering the Future

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WITH Sara Stevens, architectural and urban historian and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Matthew…

Decolonized Housing Futures

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WITH Sara Stevens, architectural and urban historian and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Matthew…

Financialization and the Production of Housing Alienation

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WITH Matthew Soules is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and founder of Matthew Soules Architecture. Dr….

The Body is a Movement

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While living in capitalist structures, our bodies became vehicles for profit. To be optimized for productivity and efficiency. These beautiful,…

Being With-In

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Under specific circumstances, it becomes a tangible construct that can be collectively designed and fostered. The Royal College of Art…

CASE INVISIBILI: Dall’architettura dell’oppressione al Design immateriale della Libertà

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Festival Divercity brings to BASE “CASE INVISIBILI”, an event addressing crucial and topical issues related to urbanism in occupied territories,…

CASE #3: LOCAL. Construction workshop W/ Francesca Gotti: urban device for Abitare in Via Padova

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The third chapter of CASE, We Will Design 2024’s Public Program, will materialize in the form of a construction workshop…

CASE #2 / EUROPE EXPANDED W/ forty five degrees (Berta Gutierrez & Alkistis Thomidou) + Rosario Talevi

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These are, for example, communities that have voluntarily withdrawn (or, at times, been exiled) from urban contexts; or artists run…

CASE #1 / WORLD W/ Pelin Tan

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Do not miss the first appointment of CASE with the keynote lecture by Pelin Tan, Turkish researcher and activist who…

CASE: We Will Design 2024’s Public Program

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“CASE” is the name of the Public Program focused on the themes of coexistence and cohabitation at BASE Milano from…

“Art, design and architecture: reflection and extension of society” Erica Petrillo, Curator-in-residence at BASE Milano

Design Week 2024: The Convivial Laboratory
Erica Petrillo participates in the fourth edition of We Will Design 2024, In-Difference, as Curator-in-residence. “The lens through which I…

MUSIC: a real festival featuring the best of international experimental electronic music, curated by Le Cannibale.

Skee Mask + Hiroko Hacci

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Le Cannibale animates Design Week at BASE with two events with a special flavour featuring the best of international electronic…

Dekmantel Soundsystem + Fabio Monesi

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Dekmantel Soundsystem, aka Casper Tielrooij, is one of the founders of what is currently one of the two most important…

LILY’S GROOVE W/ Larry Masmero, Ethan, Sweeng

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Larry Masmero was born in Rome but grew up between Amsterdam and Paris. Constantly searching for new eclectic sounds full…

Toilet Club W/ LoZelmo, Erik Deep

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Let’s tell the queer Milan. How better to do so than with the Toilet collective? Toilet represents a part of…

SIAMO Un Magazine W/ Keiden, Fckpop, Juj + Sofia Rollo, Elex + Atarde, Anzj, Juck

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A creative collective expressing Generation Z, SIAMO is an independent web magazine created from the bottom up, where everyone can…

Sabotage W/ Lovin Duo, Lvca

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Sabotage was founded in 2009 with the idea of spreading research and musical culture. The club night has carved a…

God Will Save Us W/ Raumtester, Daria Kras, Novze

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What are the sounds of the future in Milan? They are embodied by the God Will Save Us collective: electro,…

BEAT — Eccentrico + NOI Libreria

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Eccentrico – a project of the company Galileo s.r.l. specialising in the production and marketing of Italian ceramics – joins…

FLOWAIR: Ingo Maurer 's installation for miart and Design Week 2024.

Amorphous textures, fluid shapes and organic elements. FLOWAIR was the large site-specific installation designed by the Ingo Maurer team at BASE at miart 2024.
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Design can help us to read our present
and build our future.

This was the fourth edition of We Will Design.
A path that goes on throughout the year with residencies and international exchanges, where the practices and experiences of design become a tool to read – and sometimes solve – the many contradictions of our time.