Celebrate design in all forms at the inaugural San Diego Design Week September 9-13. | Mingei International Museum

Under the theme Design+, SDDW highlights design in all forms, from architecture, interior and landscape design to fashion, technology and graphic design.

Over a year ago, the Museum decided to take the lead in presenting and organizing San Diego Design Week as an expression of its mission to celebrate human creativity. Over the past 40 years, Mingei has celebrated and exhibited local artists, craftspeople and designers supporting the notion that everyone is creative. The mission of the Museum is not only to steward wonderful arts of daily life from past generations but to encourage us to consider how we live today, what we use and surround ourselves with in our daily lives. Mingei is honored to be the institutional sponsor of this new event for our region and to join an international community of Design Weeks with the debut of the inaugural San Diego Design Week (SDDW).

SDDW will be a five-day celebration of our region’s rich design community September 9-13. Under the theme Design+, SDDW highlights design in all forms, from architecture, interior and landscape design to fashion, technology and graphic design. Amid the ongoing pandemic, the programming has been adapted with everyone’s safety in mind. There will be live and pre-recorded studio tours, cooking demos, opportunities to have your portfolio reviewed, self-guided art walks and many more design-filled experiences. During SDDW the Museum is hosting various programs that all explore design through a different lens. You can watch a short film about the Museum’s recent building transformation featuring Executive Director Rob Sidner, or learn about the work of design couple, Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley from Senior Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, Barbara Hanson Forsyth. Take a little time and read through the list of Mingei’s SDDW events below or head over to sddesignweek.org to learn about more programming.

Mingei’s Transformation: A Virtual Tour

Free and available all week

In this pre-recorded film, Executive Director and CEO of Mingei International Museum, Rob Sidner and principal architect of LUCE et Studio, Jennifer Luce, discuss the ideas and designs behind the Museum’s building renovation. Rob and Jen also share their vision and hopes for Mingei’s imaginative new space when it reopens to visitors in 2021.

Love and Money: Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley 

Free and available all week

Mingei Senior Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, Barbara Hanson Forsyth, has worked in the arts for over 20 years. Her career spans fine art, decorative art, folk art, design and craft. In her video, she will explore the artistic practice and significant contributions of Ellamarie (1913-1976) and Jackson (1910-1992) Woolley, one of San Diego’s preeminent and prolific designing couples. Her talk will discuss their artistic practice and significant contributions to the mid-century San Diego design and architecture scene, including the story behind Variations on a Gold Theme. This masterful mural from 1965 is part of Mingei’s permanent collection and is slated to be featured in the courtyard garden of the renovated museum, opening in 2021.

Maneki Neko and Japanese Design: The Beckoning Cats

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm
Free and registration required

Tradition, history, and symbolism intertwine in the story behind the beloved “Beckoning Cats” that sit regally at the entrance of homes, restaurants, and public spaces in many parts of the world today. As a companion to the Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats exhibition organized by Mingei International Museum, this presentation by Patricia Cué and Junichi Satoh explores the history and meaning of this traditional craft as well as the design and ubiquitous presence of this icon in contemporary popular culture.

Sunday Brunch with Shop Mingei

Sunday, September 13 | 10:00am-2:00pm

Grab a mimosa or your favorite cocktail and host a virtual brunch with your friends, as you browse some of Shop Mingei’s favorite pieces from local artists and designers! The virtual event will take place in the Shop’s Instagram Stories @shopmingei. Featured San Diego artists and galleries will include Arline Fisch, Ashley Kim, Cara Golden, Entoten, Folk Project, Housgoods Jewelry, Jack Boyd Studio, Joanie Laib, Jyumoku, Maru Lopez, Michele Linback, Miki Iwasaki, Mr. Blueskye, Nan Coffin, and The Slipped Studio.

The Shop will begin posting items at 10:00 am, so tune in early to grab first dibs!

Family Sunday From Home with Susie Ghahremani

September 13, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm
Free and registration required

Celebrate San Diego Design Week with award-winning illustrator, Susie Ghahremani. Susie is a San Diego based designer and owner of gift brand, Boygirlparty. Her whimsical animal illustrations can be found in children’s books such as Balance the Birds and Stack the Cats. This month, Susie will be sharing her illustrating and designing skills virtually with Family Sunday From Home participants.

Film Screening: Rams

September 11
Free and registration required

Enjoy a film screening of Rams by New York-based filmmaker Gary Hustwit. Rams is a 2018 documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability and the future of design. Get a glimpse into the mind behind the Vitsoe Universal Shelving System, designed by Dieter Rams that will soon line the walls of the Library, Shop Mingei and workspaces in the transformed Museum. The film also features original music by pioneering musician and producer Brian Eno. The 74-minute film screening will be available for viewing online (on Vimeo) and free to an audience of 200 at San Diego Design Week. Guests who register may watch the film at a time of their choosing on Friday, September 11.

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