International Conference presented by the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), IKEA x UTS Future Living Lab and the Goethe Institute

One hundred years after its founding in Weimar, this conference traces the transnational impact of the Bauhaus on the history of the future of design. As a workshop of modernity and a laboratory of the future, the Bauhaus changed everyday life through design: from single objects to buildings and cities. The Bauhaus set into motion a democratisation of design that is reflected today in all aspects of the objects we use and the spaces we live in. Impact! From Bauhaus to IKEAexamines historical and contemporary design theories, philosophies and practices of making into the future.


A - Impact on Future Living - Designing for tomorrow; Representing and Exhibiting Future Living/Staging the Domestic; New Technologies

B - Impact on Making - Co-Design; Design for Manufacture; Tacit Knowledge as Research

C - Impact on Pedagogy - Rethinking the Studio Model; Expanding Knowledge: Beyond the Institution; Role of Participation in Design Education

D - Impact on Society - Democratic Design; Global Thinking - Hyperlocal Practices; Social Design


We welcome papers from a wide range of historic and contemporary perspectives, including design theory, architecture, interior architecture, product design, design school pedagogy, art history, visual communication and textile studies. Please submit a 300-word abstract referring to one of the four thematic sections and sub-sections and a 100-word biography by 15 April 2019 to [email protected] Acceptance notification by 15 May 2019. Full paper submission by 15 August 2019. The double blind peer reviewed conference is open to scholars and practitioners, postgraduate students and those interested in its program. Full Papers will be published as online conference proceedings. Selected conference contributions will form the basis of an edited research volume.