Design is nev­er innocent

film premiere and discussion

Film und Diskussion
21. April 2021
19:00 – 21:00

"Design was and is the great seducer of a capitalism dependent on permanent growth. Many designers of today agree that since our problems are results of design, the solutions to these problems must also be results of design. Can design create a different, indeed, a better world?" So says the announcement of the film "Design is never innocent" by director Reinhild Dettmer-Finke, which will soon be shown on ARTE. The film features designers* experimenting with 100 percent recyclable materials, researching energy-saving production methods in interdisciplinary teams and self-founded laboratories, and asking critical questions about designers' responsibility for what and how they produce.

Even before the first broadcast, a digital ARTE film premiere with subsequent discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Director Reinhild Dettmer-Finke, Mateo Kries (Director, Vitra Design Museum) and Julia Lohmann (Designer and Professor of Design, Aalto University Helsinki) will discuss the film. It will be moderated by Romy Strassenburg from the ARTE cultural magazine "Twist".

Registration for the film premiere is possible until April 20, 2021 by e-mail at events [at]

The public broadcast of the film is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 at 9:40 p.m. on  ARTE (Verfügbar 27.05.2021).


Image: Lisa White, curator of the Design Biennale, Saint-Etienne 2019, Image rights: ZDF / © Kerstin Pommerenke/Kobalt