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Design Santa Fe / October 4-6, 2012

Design Santa Fe / October 4-6, 2012


Design Santa Fe 2012 is pleased to announce our updated lineup for our eighth annual event, which takes place October 4–6, 2012. As a UNESCO-designated Creative City, Santa Fe is the ideal venue to host this yearly celebration of design ideas, products, and applications. The theme for 2012, “Unleashing Creativity,” explores ways we can tap into the inspiration, innovation, and interdisciplinary cross-pollination that fuel creative endeavors and transform our world.

The celebration kicks off on Thursday evening, October 4, at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art with the Exhibition Opening and Awards Gala of our first annual Design Lab. The Design Lab is a juried contest that showcases innovative design concepts addressing everything from sustainability in materials and design to new furniture concepts, experimental projects, and real-world solutions to the challenge of designing in a world of finite resources. Sponsored by Creative Santa Fe in connection with its Imagined Futures Series, the event is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote the growth and vitality of creative economies in Santa Fe. The deadline for entries in the Design Lab is August 31, with a charge of $25 for the first entry and $10 for subsequent entries. Attendance at the exhibition opening is free of charge. Visit for more details.

DSF’s headline event, the Design Dialogue, takes place Saturday evening, October 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum. The Dialogue brings together top designers to share their expertise and insights regarding the power of creative energy and how to activate it in your own life and work. The panel discussion will be moderated by Metropolis magazine’s editor-in-chief, Susan Szenasy, who brings her wit, wisdom, and warmth to the Dialogue for the third straight year. Featured speakers are:

• Michael Rotondi of RoTo Architecture in Los Angeles, whose award-winning work includes creative collaborations with diverse clients and colleagues to find unique solutions to resource management and architectural challenges in business, education, government, science, and culture;

• April Greiman, a Los Angeles–based design consultant and artist who helped pioneer the use of advanced technology in art and design, and whose worldwide influence stems from transmedia projects that span more than 30 years;

• Suzanne Tick, a New York–based specialist in material development for commercial and residential interiors who invented, among other things, a new breed of fabric embedded in a high-performance resin that brought textiles into the building materials market and launched an entirely new material product category.

Tickets for the Dialogue are $45 ($30 for students) for a Full Event ticket, which also includes admission to the Home and Garden Tour. Visit to purchase tickets.

The annual Home and Garden Tour, held Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features the best in architecture, interior and exterior design, and innovative products and design solutions. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The Design Crawl, held October 4, 5, and 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a citywide design party in which 30 retail and wholesale home decor and design businesses around town welcome the public to browse an array of products and meet with guest artists and artisans. There is no charge to participate in the Crawl.

Proceeds from Design Santa Fe 2012 will be donated to St. Elizabeth Shelter and the Santa Fe chapter of Architecture for Humanity. To date, Design Santa Fe has contributed more than $41,000 to local, national, and international charities, among them the Youth Shelters, St. Elizabeth Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and Architecture for Humanity.

 October 4–6, 2012


Design Dialogue, NM History Museum,
113 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Design Lab Exhibition, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 South Guadalupe
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Design Crawl, businesses around town
Home & Garden Tour, maps available online

 Exhibit October 4, 5 p.m.

Cost:  $45 for Dialogue and Home Tour, $15 for just the Home Tour

Phone:  505-983-8817

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