Most design weeks are hosted in cities. Why Montclair?
I’m not from Montclair. Why should I attend?
What is Montclair Design Week?
Where is MDW happening?
Events will be happening all over Montclair. In pocket parks. Along our creeks. In downtown storefronts. At train stations and bus stops, too. In ways that ignite our imagination about what public spaces can be.
I'm not a designer. Why should I care?
Design is all around us. Everything we encounter - every chair, passport, highway, paint color and voting booth - is the outcome of many decisions that we don't usually make. But we do know what good design looks and feels like. Maybe more importantly, we know what good design does. It inspires our curiosity, it shifts our perspective and, when it's really good, it transforms the world around us for the better.
What is a design force for good?
What is your mission?
The big idea, the people, and the goals.
Three years ago, I took the leap of a lifetime and founded Montclair Design Week (MDW) in the place I was born. In this short time, we've grown into DesignShed, a year-round organization with five programs offered as tools to celebrate our community's creative capacities and mobilize them into action for a more resilient and equitable future. MDW remains our crown jewel each year, held in the third week of October.
For DesignShed, design is the act of making things, with close attention to the story about how it’s made, who it’s made for, and why it matters. Design starts with being curious about those stories. The chair you’re sitting on has a story — but so do our homes, parks, roadways, cities, school systems, health care, and even our social interactions.
Design without kindness leads to exclusion. That's why we hold all MDW participants - organizers, representatives, volunteers, event hosts, sponsors, and attendees - to our Code of Conduct.
Thanks so much for stopping by. We're always an email or phone call away. We look forward to meeting your inner designer!
Petia Morozov, Founder and Executive Director