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Five design hotspots at this year's Venice Biennale Arte

This chandelier by Nacho Carbonell titled "Inside a Forest Cloud" seems to float in the center of the palazzo’s courtyard. (Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

There is no shortage of exhibitions for those looking for a bit of design among the art at this year’s Venice Biennale Arte. These five shows are the best places to discover both local and international design in the city, on the Biennale grounds and beyond.

Dysfunctional by Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Pushing the boundaries of art and design is Carpenter Workshop Gallery’s “Dysfunctional,” which includes 50 works by the gallery’s esteemed stable of designers. Viewed within the context of the Ca’ d’Oro’s Italian masterworks, the exhibition invites visitors to question the historical relationship between form and function. Some of the pieces are inspired by the city of Venice itself, such as Virgil Abloh’s sinking seating and Ingrid Donat’s golden sideboard, the latter of which celebrates Byzantine and Renaissance art and the former, a commentary on the city’s rising sea levels.

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