The World Wide Things Collection
collects great design from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network,
connects great designers, products, manufacturers and distributors,
and develops a great marketplace for the UNESCO Cities of Design.
The World Wide Things Collection is a worldwide marketplace for carefully selected design products. This growing selection is presented in different formats such as exhibitions, shops, conferences, meetings and conventions. The collection acts literally as “Hyperloop” as it displays products created in the UNESCO Cities of Design and moreover, facilitates the exchange of ideas, designs and best practices. The design products presented in the collection can be bought through online shops.
The project was developed by Anne Thomas (Montréal), Pierre Laramée (Montréal) and Eberhard Schrempf (Graz) in 2017 and first launched as a pilot project within Design Month Graz 2018. The curators’ vision is to create a channel, from which both, the creative community and the economy, benefit. The project is meant to visualize the diversity of good ideas and products and to utilize the potential for cooperation and exchange among the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Designers, producers and retailers are given the possibility to display their products on a global platform and are interconnected within the creative community.
The first exhibition of the World Wide Things Collection in 2018 showed about 50 products from three UNESCO Cities of Design. The second exhibition was part of Design Month Graz 2019 from May 11 to June 9, 2019, and presented a selection of 120 products out of 150 items from seven UNESCO Cities of Design: Puebla, Istanbul, Mexico City, Detroit, Saint-Étienne, Singapore and Graz. The products were displayed on a seemingly endless table board, that winds smoothly through the showroom – referring to the “Hyperloop” concept, a high-speed transportation system. The exhibition design is developed as open-source concept that is easy to rebuild, so each UNESCO Cities of Design is invited to set up a similar exhibition. The handy manual for the exhibition design is available on request.