Dezeen has announced plans for a digital membership club called Dezeen Club. Its first event, called “metaverse meet-up,” will be held at a virtual rooftop bar on 7 April.
The free event will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 7 April at Dezeen Club’s digital rooftop terrace overlooking a virtual cityscape (above).
To attend: if you would like one of a limited number of press passes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wednesday 7 April 2021
Venue: Dezeen Club’s virtual rooftop bar
Doors open: 5:00pm UK time
Panel discussion: 5:30pm UK time
Digital networking: 6:15pm UK time
The club, which features a bar, a roof terrace, seating areas, a green room and a lecture theatre, has been built in Gather, a spatial video-chat environment that has been described as “Minecraft meets Zoom”.
Gather allows you to walk around a virtual environment simply and intuitively by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. As you approach other guests, you are able to video-chat with them.
At the event, 250 invited guests will be able to network and enjoy a panel discussion exploring how the design world is migrating to the digital world to both work and socialise.
Dezeen Club’s metaverse meet-up will feature a panel discussion involving pioneering digital architects and designers:
Andrés Reisinger is an artist and designer who is exploring the boundaries between the digital and real worlds.
His Hortensia chair (above) was one of the first pieces of furniture to be sold in digital form and he recently sold a collection of “impossible” digital objects in an NFT auction.
Amber Jae Slooten is co-founder of digital fashion house The Fabricant, which creates garments for digital avatars. The ground-breaking studio made history last year when it sold the first virtual dress at an auction.
Architects Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg of Space Popular have pioneered the development of virtual architecture. Last autumn, they designed the world’s first architecture conference to be held in a VR environment.