In Venice, at the Palazzo Michiel, there is the largest contemporary design exhibition to compliment the Biennale, Venice Design, showing a wide range of international design from both established and new designers. Perhaps they are anticipating the Architecture Biennale 2018? As you would expect in Venice, there are quite a few designs in glass.
Continuing the theme of immigration seen elsewhere in the Biennale, True-Treu, an Istanbul-based design collaborative are showing “Synesthesia” which raises the role of greater design collaborations as the world become smaller.
Palazzo Michiel del Brusa gained its name from the Michiel family and from the huge fire that destroyed most of the palace in 1774. It was rebuilt in three years, retaining the original 15th century Gothic windows facing the Grand Canal, but with late 18th century interiors including paintings by Jacopo Guarana, a disciple of Tiepolo, providing a classical backcloth to the contemporary design on show during the Biennale, with views out across the Grand Canal