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“The Elephant in the Room” focuses on design issues which tend to be left by the wayside, bypassed both intellectually and practically.

In 1814, Ivan Krylov (1769–1844), a poet and fabulist, wrote a fable entitled “The Curious Man”, about a man who goes to a museum and notices all sorts of tiny things, but fails to notice an elephant. The phrase has become an apt metaphorical expression for an obvious controversial question or potentially embarrassing or inflammatory issue never mentioned or discussed by anyone no matter how conspicuous, even though it is known by all.

The “Elephant in the Room” motif of the International Workshop Week organized by the Faculty of Design uses this is metaphor to give center stage to design treatments about subjects which are either ignored due to political or social embarrassment or do not have the same luster or appeal of other products.

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