Petra Lilja is an industrial designer and curator based in Malmö, where she also runs an eponymous design gallery from a converted car repair shop. She gives an open lecture in English at Steneby, talking about her approach to design practices and education.
“I’m rethinking the traditional role of design. We need to move beyond design for mass production and mass consumption. We’re at the end of materialism and in these exciting times designerly ways of thinking and working need to be applied on the numerous opportunities that comes with a paradigm shift like this. Design can see opportunities instead of problems. Design can show the way. Design can change attitudes. Design can replace bad with good. Design can be applied to everything from a detail of product to a service or an educational system. Design should be a driving force in building a sustainable society. Design is a political act!”