For the first time three Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - have jointly opened exhibition of contemporary design "Tactile Baltics" at the London Design Festival 2021. Lithuanian design is presented by graduates and lecturers of Vilnius Academy of Arts - assoc. prof. Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, assoc. prof. Mantas Lesauskas, lect. Justina Semčenkaitė.

The Dray Walk Gallery in London exhibits a total of 36 design objects - 12 from each country. The exhibition reflects themes of sustainability, craftsmanship, high-level aesthetics and innovation: a collection of ceramics from coffee grounds, a carpet with yarn dyed in industrial waste, a chandelier made of recycled paper, a jewelry collection made of eggshells - are just a few of the sustainable designs at the exhibition. Probably the most attention in the exhibition received Mantas Lesauskas' furniture design "Récamier" which masterfully combines aluminum with sheepskin.

In cooperation with the collection design platform ADORNO some of the designs are also presented in the exhibition's virtual gallery "Designing Futures".

We dare to say that "Tactile Baltics" is a significant, excellent and gratifying opportunity to present and appreciate the collection of contemporary design of all the Baltic countries, by the way, for the first time in history, organized in one of the most important international design arenas.

Lithuanian Design Forum

Exhibition participants from Lithuania: VAA alumni Vita Vaitiekūnaitė, Ieva Laskevičiūtė, „EMKO“ (Audronė Drungilaitė), „INDI“ (Simonas Tarvydas), Elena Lašaitė, Vytautas Gečas, Agnė Kučerenkaitė, Evelina Kudabaitė, Martynas Kazimierėnas; VAA lecturers assoc. prof. Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (Department of Textile Art and Design), assoc. prof. Mantas Lesauskas (Department of Design), lect. Justina Semčenkaitė (Department of Fashion Design).

Project initiators and organizers: Lithuanian Design Forum, Latvian Design Center  and Estonian design e-shop NID, Baltic Cultural Foundation, Lithuanian Cultural Institute, Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom, and Lithuanian Cultural Council.

Prepared based on the information of the Lithuanian Design Forum (photos: Kätlin Lõbu, Jonas Balsevicius, Gabija Vanagė)