Explore future design and innovation from across the globe during the D.C. International Design Festival, open throughout May 19 at the Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.).
The ,4000-square-foot exhibit The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation of the 21st Century features innovations from Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and the U.S. Hundreds of objects will be on display including housewares to textiles to furniture and tools.
The design festival also offers free public programs, including competitions, lectures and film screenings. Catch "Oh Say Can't You See: What Happened to American Design?" on Saturday, April 20 (5–6:30 p.m.) or a talk with Italian industrial designer Roberto Palomba on Wednesday, May 15 (6 p.m.).
An interactive photo contest, Juxtaposed
, offers a $500 grand prize, winner takes all on May 24. If you want to enter, simply (or not so simply) take a photo of two objects that are visually different but that can function together in harmony.
The International Design Festival is free to the public. Hours at the Artisphere are Wed.-Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. noon-11 p.m., and Sun. noon-5 p.m. The Artisphere is located about 20 minutes from downtown D.C.