San Diego Design Week | Mingei International Museum

San Diego Design Week

Embracing the design in folk art, craft and design.

For over forty years, Mingei International Museum’s mission has been to celebrate creativity in all forms. Whether it’s a blade shop shitta kanban from Japan, an 1845 quilt from New York or the iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs featured in its new Theater, Mingei’s passion for folk art, craft and design is rooted in the deep relationship between object, maker and community. As the presenter of San Diego Design Week, Mingei strengthens its mission by opening its doors (figuratively and literally) to our region’s design community, cultivating a space where one can both inspire and be inspired.

What is San Diego Design Week?

San Diego Design Week is an annual five-day celebration of design featuring presentations, studio tours, workshops, and self-guided tours hosted by groups throughout San Diego's binational design community. The event is a collaboration between the Museum and a committee of local design leaders who assist in organizing and curating each year's event. Programs feature all disciplines of design — from interior and landscape design, to fashion, graphic design, technology, and more — with the intent to give special access with the aim to spotlight new projects, create opportunities for learning and dialogue exchange, and show the potential for provide designers the opportunity to share bring bold perspectives, to inspire change and envision a new future.

Shitta kanban for blade shop (front view), late 19th century, Japan, wood, paper, pigment, metal fittings. Mingei International Museum Purchase, 200948001

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Explore folk art, craft, and design from across cultures and time.