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Design and Nomads: European events

By Monica Camozzi
7 min read

Design and Nomads: travelers’ tricks 

From February to June, Europe is jam-packed with design weeks, from Madrid to the Great North. At the beginning of February, there is the Madrid design festival, from 16 to 22 there is Rovaniemi Finland (Arctic Design week), from 25 to 29 March the Design March in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 16 the Milan design week. A nice tour for those who want to be updated not only on design but also on sustainability, architecture, technology, and urban planning. Here we will give you some tips on the most suitable places for a digital nomad. 

Il Madrid design festival

Design and Nomads: where to stay when in Madrid 

All through February, Madrid has hosted the international Madrid Design Festival. This third edition of the event focuses on the functionality of design, its capacity for transformation, the social and educational dimension, new materials, sustainability, and responsible consumption. Visiting it is also worth it for Patricia Urquiola’s Living Nature Death: the exhibition dedicated to the famous architect from Oviedo that will end with a digital (and emotional) immersion in the objects. 

The Federal Café and Wanda Café Optimista 

Looking for digital nomads in Madrid? you’ll find them gathered around the tables at the Federal Café, usually engaged in brainstorming and debating. At the same time, you’ll enjoy one of the best cafés in town, with a delicious accompaniment of mimosa.  

Wanda Café Optimista is another place you shouldn’t miss. Bright, cheerful, with a fantastic menu, it has high desks with stools and areas suitable both for remote work and meetings. Moreover there are rooms with round tables, suitable for more private meetings or for those who need a quiet working environment. 

Design and Nomads: experience the Scandic Hotel  

Scandic hotels is a hotel group particularly digital nomads friendly, especially for the ones who stay in Stockholm where the place seems designed for bloggers and all kinds of digital nomads. In the rooms there are many iPads, in the lounge there are lots of trendy magazines, tripods for photo shoots, cables and all kinds of plugs, flat screen TV, Internet. In the lobby there is an Internet point with 12 spots.  

Design and Nomads: Arctic Design week 

Rovaniemi, in Finland, has been hosting the world’s northernmost design week since 2009! This year the theme is Re-create, meaning focusing on sustainable and responsible design and on successful business ideas developed in the area in which it takes place and with the aim of making everyday life easier. Among the most interesting meetings of the next edition, there is the Vitality by Design Forum meeting on March 19th at the Korundi House of culture. It focuses on how to use design to help decision makers act for the greater good and to promote quality of life (Gaella & Stefan Moritz, Senior Expert, Service Design & Innovation) and how to train employees to deliver the best possible customer experience (McKinsey Design | Stockholm Studio). Digital services, especially those offering remote health care, will be the focus of particular interest in this edition.  

Design and Nomads: Hostel café Koti 

L’Hostel Café Koti è nella zona centrale di Rovaniemi e oltre ad avere una meravigliosa lounge relax con possibilità di sauna finlandese ha il wi fi in tutto lo spazio. Le soluzioni per dormire sono super flessibili, compresa quella tipica da ostello ma in un ambiente delizioso ed essenziale con tocchi di colore solare. Il wifi si trova anche dentro il Mc Donald’s di Rovaniemi. Ma per scovare tutte le postazioni possibili, vi suggeriamo di visitare il sito dove non ve ne sfuggirà una! Anche il Caffé Woodssoy è un ottimo posto dove stare.

The DesignMarch in Reykjavik  

An image of Reykjavik
Picture by Tim Trad

Reykjavik is a city full of museums, galleries, with breathtaking surroundings of snowy mountains and deep seas. DesignMarch, the Icelandic design festival, is held there and the city turns into a think tank with ideas ranging from architecture to furniture, from food to environment. The festival opens with the Design Talks, a day of lectures given by nomadic figures from all over the world. Since 2008 about one hundred characters have given life to the Talks. This year’s theme is New World, New Ways: architects and creatives will debate about the change to be made in times of global challenges. 

For nomads there is the Laundromat Café. 

Looking for a café with laundry downstairs? Here you go: it’s called Laundromat and is a deeply Icelandic concept. The guy who founded it is local, but he started the business in Denmark, where he lives. In the basement, you’ll find a large macaw and a laundry room to use while having lunch and enjoying the excellent wi-fi!  

Just as good, though less original, is Tiu Dropar, a place where you can work or have lunch in tranquillity. There are charming small tables for two and a larger area.  There are also two excellent coworking spaces in Reykjavik: Reykjavik coworking and Startup Reykjavik.  

Design and Nomads: the office for living 

This will be one of the topics to be addressed during the Salone del Mobile in Milan (21-26 April), with the Biennale dedicated to the world of work which is now called Workplace3.0. SaloneUfficio will propose a new way of designing the workspace as a whole. Continuing the path taken two years ago by the French architect Jean Nouvel with his “Project: Office for Living”, this year’s side event of the Salone del Mobile will also be dedicated to the topic: the work environment.

Workplace 3.0 proposes itself as the event, dedicated to design and technology, able to respond to new changes and market needs. There you will find the best proposals for procurement projects, reception areas, and work areas for the best exhibiting companies that develop solutions in line with new ways of working, and finally the new design needs to “inhabit” the working spaces.

Workplace 3.0

The 2019 edition of Workplace3.0 debuted with a new exhibition itinerary. The 53 exhibiting companies marked a dynamic and hybrid presence throughout the exhibition area confirming, also in this way, their vocation as promoters of design experimentation. This new exhibition proposal authentically reflects the social transformation of the work area into a flexible, permeable and dynamic space, open to professional sharing and contamination with other daily activities. 

Nomads in Milan? 

You can’t miss the Coffice Porta Romana, a place where you can study, have lunch, meet people and, of course work! Not a bar, but a delightful co-working place like a home, where you can have coffee and tea in unlimited quantities so as the wi-fi. Included in the hourly price there is also rich buffet with snacks, biscuits, and fresh fruits.  

Un'immagine di Coffice Milano

Open More Than Books is a bookstore, co-working and bar. There you can find the typical Large tables with many stations. The co-working area is open to everyone and can be rented for a day, a week or a whole year. There are meeting rooms for six people or twice as many: for those who need even larger areas, the 50-seat room is available. Open is structured to offer snacks or proper meals, from breakfast to aperitif.   

Finally, here is a place different from the others, it is called Sign2Work and it’s a co-working space with large social areas in via Procaccini 60. A new work space that brings people and their essence back to the centre of the daily life. From this poetic and perhaps a little utopian idea, made of real meetings and handshakes, the first club in Italy dedicated to all creative souls takes shape. Sign2Work is a mindful place, rather than a physical one, open to diversity and debate

Il design del Sign2Work
Written by
Monica Camozzi
Journalist since 25 years, copywriter, storyteller, passionate of made in Italy, business adventures and new challenges.
7 min read

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