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.