The international festival DESIGN ACT opened on November 10, 2022 at the Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art


The – exhibition exposition dedicated to the History, Present and Future of domestic industrial design, as well as a forum with the participation of representatives of the Russian government, ministries, large Russian companies and state corporations, leading Russian designers, experts and representatives of specialized universities.

Aleksey Rakhmanov at the Revision_Real Exhibition

Festival ideologist Igor Shulinskiy

The ideologist of the festival, Igor Shulinsky, told why the idea of ​​such a review arose in 2006, when the first DESIGN ACT happened: “We wanted to tell people that everything that surrounds us – clothes, buses, planes – everything is design. But the design – it's not just a wrapper, it's our vision, our philosophy, our existence. 10 years ago we invited foreign participants, we had up to 50 and sometimes up to 100 guests from different countries who shared their experience. But there are things that cannot be raised without the state. And now I can accurately formulate that if earlier we paid attention to the word “design”, now we need to pay attention to the word “act”. DESIGN ACT should become a labor exchange where the customer finds people ready to fulfill his order, and those who are talented designers from different parts of our country should find a platform where they can offer their talent to the country and those large corporations that need them, because that design – a civil matter. And today the first step has been taken towards the dream that we wanted to realize 10 years ago.

Denis Kravchenko at the DA press conference

The relevance of holding an event dedicated to industrial design was noted by the initiator and co-organizer of the event, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Bureau of the Supreme Council of “United Russia” Denis Kravchenko: “We held an open competition, which was supported by leading Russian companies – Rosatom, Roskosmos, USC, UAC and other companies. It was a very exciting competition.  More than 500 applications were submitted, of which about 185 were selected, and even fewer made it to the final. It is right that today's event was attended by representatives of business, government and the designers themselves.

DesignAct 2022 press conference

Industrial design surrounds us everywhere, makes our life interesting and attractive. It is industrial designers who have always looked into the future and this is well shown at exhibitions. Here you can see the great past of Soviet industrial design and no less great, I am sure, the future of this direction. Everything that we produce and supply to foreign markets requires a responsible approach not only to how it works, but also to how it looks. 

 "It is important that government, business, designers, who really need each other today, met on the site this year. Revision — a very important word in the name of the festival, it is necessary to find all talented designers who want to benefit the country, unite them, set a vector and make sure that they are in demand. There is a lot of talk about the fact that business sees designers and is ready to work, but this is not enough, the third party is also important — support of the authorities at the legislative level, so that the solutions found at the festival are quickly translated into action. Next step — “Design Act. Mobilization», — said Roman Karmanov, General Director of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives, which supported the current festival and the Open Industrial Design Competition as part of it. The festival is supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Strategy session. Group photo


«Revision: History» (Red Shop)
Exhibition «Revision. History" – the semantic core of the festival, presented in the format of a multimedia audio performance and takes place in the format of 30-minute sessions. This is the history of domestic design, which covers six periods: Avant-garde (1917-1920), Industrialization (1930-1950), Thaw (1950-1960), Stagnation (1970-1980) and New Russia (1991-2017). The exposition presents photos and documentary chronicles, as well as real design items of that time: Sergey Chekhonin's propaganda porcelain, a table lamp of the 1930s, created for the offices of the senior officers of the USSR Navy, a furniture set – an armchair and a table of the 1970s, created at the Shatura furniture factory, a carpet with the symbols of the 1980 Olympics, a Perestroika clock; 1991 and more. One of the main exhibits of the exhibition was the only preserved prototype of a taxi minibus, developed in 1964 at VNIITE. 

Revision History Vanguard

“Revision: Present” (White Shop)
The exhibition is dedicated to projects implemented by contemporary designers and design studios working in various areas of our lives. Here are watches from the Artemy Lebedev studio and the Raketa watch brand, a carbon fiber lamp from Modeloni and an unusual pearl sofa from ARCHIP & Eacute; LAGO, furniture from the Da-zayn Bureau, Smart Traffic Light; Shvabe concern (Rostec), various sports equipment, «eggmobile» – a monoblock of a chair and a school desk for kids from CHEBURDESIGN, as well as modern developments from the company «Motoriki» and Scale design bureau, designed to make life easier for people with disabilities, the OIII concept project of an autonomous transport smart system designed to transport passengers and goods (winner of the iF Design Award 2022), created at the National Center for Industrial Design and Innovation 2050.LAB and others.


“Revision: The Future”
Multimedia exhibition “Future” which presents the projects of participants and winners of the Open competition of industrial design and innovative projects “DESIGN ACT 2022”, which was held from June 14 to October 16, 2022 as part of the DESIGN ACT festival.  In total, there were 12 case tasks in the competition in four main categories: “Vehicle Design”, “Space Design”, “High-Tech Territory” and Future City 2070.  

These are discussions, round tables and lectures on the most relevant topics related to industrial design. For those who cannot come to the forum in person, an online broadcast is available on the festival's Youtube channel. 
Forum program:!/tab/509722057-1    

PRO DESIGN (Vintage Hall)
Actual film about design, prepared by the partners of the festival: Moscow 
Design Museum, Festival of Actual Science Films «FUNK» and the School 
of visual culture and creative professions Bang Bang Education (BBE).

Ideologist of the festival: Igor Shulinsky, journalist, writer, publisher of the Moskvich Mag online publication, teacher of the Media and design» at the HSE School of Design. The initiator and co-organizer of the festival: Denis Kravchenko, Executive Secretary of the Bureau of the Supreme Council of “United Russia”, Deputy, First Deputy of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy.

Producer and director of the festival: Alsu Khairutdinova, winner of more than fifty international awards for completed projects in the field of event marketing, the only Grand Prix winner in Russia at the Cannes Lions International Festival; in the “Innovations” nomination, director of the KOSMOS TEAM agency.

Festival and forum curator: Alina Saprykina, Executive Director of the Sergiev Posad Museum-Reserve, ex-Director of the Museum of Moscow and Head of the City Museums Section of the Union of Museums of Russia, previously Art Director of the Artplay Design Center, the first cluster of creative industries in Moscow and Russia. Curator and organizer of more than 100 exhibitions and events, museum expert. Member of ICOM, member of CAMOC, member of RIO. Lecturer at Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov

Curator of the exhibition “Revision: History”: Alexandra Sankova, design historian, founder and director of the Moscow Design Museum — the only museum in Russia dedicated to design. Author of numerous publications and film projects on the history of Russian design. Curator of the Russian exhibition at the First London Design Biennale, awarded the Grand Prix. Winner of the award “For a special contribution to the development of design in Russia”. Member of the Russian Union of Designers, International Union of Designers, ICOM, ICO-D (INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF DESIGN).

Curator of the exhibition “Revision: Present”: Elena Panteleeva, Development Director of the National Center for Industrial Design and Innovation 2050.LAB, initiator and ideologist of the project “Industrial Design Days in Skolkovo”, Ideologist of the Design Day 2050 International Industrial Design Project. program “Industrial design and engineering” NUST MISIS.

Chief artist: Dmitry Muchnik, production designer, set designer. Creator of design and visual image of various events, TV projects, ceremonies and concert programs in Russia and abroad. Member of the International Union of Designers. Organizer: KOSMOS TEAM agency

The organizers of the festival express their gratitude for the help in preparing the exhibition expositions:

  • The Moscow Design Museum
  • The State Sports Museum The Tupolev PJSC Museum; and the Irkut Corporation
  • The State Military Technical Museum in Chernogolovka
  • The Alexander Vasilyev Foundation
  • The Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Technology
  • Artemy Studios Lebedeva


The first international festival DESIGN ACT took place in Moscow in 2006. His main idea was the desire to demonstrate the global trends of modern industrial design and to acquaint compatriots with the world's leading names in this field. From 2006 to 2012, DESIGN ACT turned from a narrow-profile festival into an ambitious project, the goal of which is — solving the most important problems of the Russian economy, increasing interest in industrial design, including among the younger generation.

Over the six years of its existence, more than 500 Russian and Western designers have taken part in the festival, more than 100 exhibitions have been organized and more than 70 lectures have been held. Partners and friends of the project over the years were: the Government of Moscow, the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, the Polish Cultural Center, Jetro — a government organization for the promotion and development of foreign trade in Japan, the Mondriaan Foundation, which provides support for contemporary art and design projects, as well as Academia Rossica, a Russian-British independent cultural organization representing contemporary Russian culture in the UK, and many others.

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