Heineken Open Design Explorations



The Heineken ODE project from initial concept to final result

The Heineken ODE bar, lights and patterns change with user interaction

The shoes as worn by bar staff, designed by ODE designer Patrick Kampf and mentoring team LEW

The bottle wall by ODE designer Lee Gibson

The DJ booth and origmai inspired Heineken star

The video wall where Heineken bottles replace pixels

Blackboard wall with UV pens

Blackboard wall with UV pens

Origami inspired waitress uniform and ergonomically designed bottle carrier

Origami inspried waitress uniform and ergonomically designed bottle carrier

Waitress shoes, designed by mentoring team LEW, inspired by ODE designer Michelle Wu's sketches

Innovative bottle tray, bespoke aluminium bottles and origami inspired waiter uniforms

Innovative bottle tray and bespoke aluminium bottles

The bottle carrier and bespoke aluminium bottles

The bottle carrier, bottle opener and bespoke aluminium bottles

Benjamin de Haan and Marc Newson, both of Marc Newson design company

Magnetic strips display photographs of the party guests, taken by the Heineken Club staff

Raffaella Valente, Heineken Italia

Mark van Iterson, Global Head of Design, Heineken International and David Nicholls, Design Editor, Telegraph Magazine

The Heineken ODE project from initial concept to final result

About

As soon as you walk through the door and clock the touch-sensitive, interactive bar surface, you know you are not in a normal nightclub. This is Zona Tortona, Milan; the unveiling of a crowd-sourced nightclub concept from Heineken - a year-long design exploration project, created through the progressive minds of 19 emerging designers from across the globe. The result is a prototype, futuristic nightclub where even the simple act of ordering a beer has been creatively deconstructed and artfully reconsidered.

Tap a bottle-shaped icon on the screen and pulsing, concentric circles attract the server’s attention and tell him that you have priority over the guy next to you. When your beer (in its award-winning aluminium bottle) is served (via some specially-commissioned, ergonomically designed trays) the bar man taps the icon to explode it, showing that the order has been fulfilled. Now watch as your beer ‘connects’ with the bottle next to you, providing a cute, ice-breaking conversation starter. If you want more entertainment before you hit the dance floor check out the grooving images on the Heineken video wall behind you – a massive TV screen with over 2000 green beer bottles replacing pixels.

Designers from Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Milan and New York - with the help of 100 clubbers from more than 20 cities - shared their social interaction insights, contributing to the pioneering concept club through a special virtual creative online hub. This allowed designers and their mentors across countries, cultures and different design disciplines to fuse together ideas with the aim to innovate nightclub design around the world. Their inventive work is much in evidence as you make you way through the club. Waitresses in other-worldly, origami inspired outfits wander around instigating playful dares and other unexpected activities designed to get people out of their shells, encouraging social engagement and participation. An alluring dance space invites guests to take the stage under a 3D origami star while the latest video mapping technology creates an interactive sense between the crowd and the Massive Music DJs.

‘Clubs are really interesting spaces for us to explore new design ideas, as they’re social, extrovert and progressive places where design really sets the scene for the nightlife experience,’ explained Mark van Iterson, Head of Global Design at Heineken. ‘We set out to experiment with ways of making the night more welcoming, more memorable and igniting conversation through design concepts and innovations.’ This disco gets a ‘Yowsa’ from Wallpaper*

Via Privata Gaspare Bugatti 3, Zona Tortona, Milan

Via Privata Gaspare Bugatti 3, Zona Tortona, Milan


Events
  • Thursday 19th April

    13:00 - 17:00 Club open

    17:00 - 20:00 PechaKucha event
    Swedish design night curated by Svensk FORM

    20:00 Open party with Massive Music DJs
    I can chase Dragons! Bronstibock and UhOh

  • Friday 20th April

    13:00 - 17:00 Club open

    17:00 - 20:00 PechaKucha event
    including Keiji Ashizawa, Architect

    20:00 Open party with Massive Music DJ - Stay Ali


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