CURATED BY // Mariana Pestana
Mariana Pestana is an architect. Her practice focuses on the communication and display of architecture, taking the form of writing, curating or installation making. Interested in the relations between narrative and the built environment, she approaches space as a text and vice-versa. She is an editor at DE Magazine and a founding member of the art&architecture collective The Decorators. Mariana holds a degree of Architecture from FAUP (Porto) and an MA in Creative Practices for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins (London). Mariana’s work has been displayed in diverse contexts such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of London Docklands, 100% Design Futures, Utrophia Project Space and Chelsea College Triangle Space.
To date Designersblock have produced and curated over 50 design shows in 13 cities, in 10 countries with over 2000 exhibitors from 30 nations.
These exhibitions showcase all disciplines of design including furniture, lighting, ceramics, illustration, fashion, textiles, conceptual, and products. These exhibitions feature designers with all levels of experience and from all over the world. We put together our own projects that involve designers, artists and businesses within our network. We call these projects long tailed because they are layered, they have the capacity to develop over time and are applicable to different environments, scales and cultures. These projects tell the stories that are important to us and the people around us.
GRAPHIC DESIGN // Joana Pestana
FUNDRAISING // Lili Chieng de Montal
PHOTOGRAPHY // Ed Kulakowski
AUCTIONEER // Nick Carter