Design has a duty to improve our lives. In this day and age it is
faced with the challenge of reconciling individuals’ pursuit of
wealth with long-term social interests. This includes sustainable
development, social cohesion, and lifelong learning. Digitalization
is opening up new freedoms, which should be used to create
The MAK DESIGN LAB is founded on this modified role for design.
Simultaneously it expands the concept of design that was coined in
the 20th century by taking previous centuries into consideration:
the function and use of objects take center stage, which in turn
means that historical arts and crafts become the subject of
Essential for every product is the process of its fabrication: Production
therefore provides the introduction to the MAK DESIGN LAB.
Nine further subject areas build bridges between design and everyday
life and address areas of life such as Cooking, Communicating and
Transporting. In addition two areas are dedicated to Josef Hoffmann
and the HELMUT LANG ARCHIVE.
The design of the exhibition by the design studio EOOS makes use
of modular units and enables the visitor to quickly adjust to the
subjects and developments presented. The MAK DESIGN LAB is
in a constant state of flux, and consequently will always have
something new to offer its visitors.
We understand design as an open and globally interconnected
laboratory that works toward solutions with the participation of
consumers. Accordingly our visitors are invited to actively
participate in and share their experiences with the MAK DESIGN
LAB, as well as contributing their own questions and suggestions.
A key role is played by the MAK FORUM. As a multi-purpose and
versatile communication area, it provides a space for activities and
debates with representatives from design, research, art, and business.
MAK Design Labor