10.09. — 16.09.2018
Human Cities


The 13th Tallinn Design Festival (10 to 16 September 2018)
Human Cities

The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centers on different parts of Tallinn will be revived. The historic Baltic Station Departure Pavilion, the new building of EAA, Architectural Museum, Architectural and Design Gallery, Viru Centre, Telliskivi, Nordea/Solaris and dozens of satellites in various locations.  

The theme of this year's major design event is Human Cities. Designers, architects, urbanists, and planners are committed to ensuring a more sustainable and human-friendly urban environment. Insights and testimonials from other cities can be seen at exhibitions and the conference which mark the successful end of the four-year Europe-wide project Human Cities. We look forward to presenters from several architectural bureaus and other distinguished visionaries. The keynote speaker is Mark Kingwell from Canada. Those interested in urban development can see projects from 11 different countries, including innovative projects from Aalto University. The Estonian team will present the relaxation capsule HÄLO. The works of the nominees of Germany's renowned design award IF will complement the exhibition from the perspective of the students.  

This year's design festival will be spiced by an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with the finest Estonian design in Viru Centre. At the festive Design Award gala, product design award BRUNO, graphic design award and awards in other categories.  

Throughout September, in the Architectural Museum visitors can become acquainted with the exciting history of Isokon, who has grown out from the foreign representation of the Luther factory. The text and pictures of the Isokon Gallery in London are supplemented by product examples from the Luther factory and its descendant, as well as replicas of the Isokon products, in the development of which were involved Gropius, Breuer, etc., known from Bauhaus. The exhibition reflecting the plywood industry is brought today by the examples of the innovative plywood manufacturer UPM. The topic is complemented by lectures by Jüri Kermik and Magnus Englund (Director of the Isokon Gallery Trust) and a plywood workshop.

From Hungary, examples from portable technologies and the achievements of digital handicrafts are brought to the Design Festival. Authors are looking for answers on how a traditional craft can continue in today's digital world without losing value.

There will be two graphic design exhibitions, one of which is dedicated to 100th anniversary of Latvia.

As usual, the exhibitions of design schools show what developments have taken place in different educational institutions during the year.

The festival's attractions are fashion shows, a design auction, PechaKucha and Design Street. There will be plenty of events for the entire family, including educational workshops for children and master classes.


Memories from 2017 here
Memories from 2016 here


Main organizer
Ilona Gurjanova
+372 55573687
Evelin Ojamets
+372 5212890
Social media and marketing
Kirke Tatar
+372 55590787
Technical support
Andre Poopuu
+372 5039696
Technical support
Liisi-Daisy Koplimaa
+372 5046609
Design manager
Helena Koop
+372 5061472
Exhibition & Design Street curator
Kristin Kivimäe
+372 58132313
Afterparty manager
Madlen Hirtentreu
+372 53437070
Fashion Design Show
Piret Mägi
+372 55977444
Light installations
Indrek Leht
+372 56135536
Fund-raising Design Auction
Tõnis Vellama
+372 5017648
Fund-raising Design Auction
Maarja Marga
+372 5242457
Volunteer coordinator
Mari Mäekivi
+372 53466131
Info manager & Satellites
Jaanika Kikkas
+372 56651858
Photo, animation & film
Mari-Liis Heinsaar
+372 53750301


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Our hotel partner is Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria, where Tallinn Design Festival guests are offered a special price: 110€ (single room) or 120€ (double room) with breakfast. To get your discount, please email estoria.reservation@sok.fi and add “BDESIGN” to your request. 

Estoria Hotel and Viru Hotel are just in the city centre – the address is:
Viru väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia

Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria
This hotel of Estonian design and stories is a private oasis in the center of the city for both business meetings and a peaceful retreat. In addition, guests are invited into an engaging view of Estonia and Estonian history stories in a completely unique way. Every hotel room tells a unprecedented and incredible story about the cultural, scientific and business life in Estonia. Did you know that 96% of Estonians submit their tax returns in the e-tax office with only about 10 min? Moreover you can find all over the hotel Estonian design. From us, you will get experiences and memories to take away home with you.
Estoria offers its guests a personalised sleep experience in beds with mattresses made of material developed by NASA to improve surface circulation in the skin.,This hotel has been rated in TripAdvisor among best five hotels of Estonia.
In Estoria every floor has a cosy lounge, suitable for private meetings. There is the enjoyment of the wholesome Solo breakfast developed by Estonian nutritionists which has been rated as the best one in town.
From the hotel, there is direct access to the conference rooms and restaurants of the Viru Hotel and to the services provided at the Viru Shopping Centre.