25.09. — 01.10.2017
Design Culture


The 12th Tallinn Design Festival (25th Sept – 1st Oct 2017)
Design Culture
Tallinn Design Festival is a significant annual event demonstrating the achievements of designers of Estonia and other countries but also the mind set of design community.
The venues of the festival have often happened to be neglected pearls of architecture becoming the favourites of public afterwards. The creative vitality of the city is assured by intensive programme of satellites. Among the partners there are beside designers both start-up and experienced organisations, manufacturers, educational institutions and other establishments. In collectively composed festival programme one can find formats going deeper into design world, cultural and entertaining events and initiatives promoting design trade.
The programme of the 12th Tallinn Design Festival (25th Sept – 1st Oct 2017) concentrates on design culture. We expect the festival visitor to renew his design knowledge and experience design as a holistic discipline integrated into our every-day life with its aesthetics and human-centred processes and solutions.
The programme of the festival varies from educative lectures, excursions and workrooms to exhibitions, light installations and fashion. Different target groups, including kids, are involved. Everyone can participate as a presenter or spectator at PechaKucha Night and lecture „Me, Designer“. The benefit from the Design Auction will support the studies of a young Estonian designer abroad. 
Design Street and Fashion Alley will be open “for traffic” to communicate with fashion designers face to face and buy their products. Vegan textiles will be in focus this year. The festival proudly presents the winners of the Planet Gaia 2050 competition. Smart textiles will try to find answers to questions how can technology-related clothes turn our society into more harmonic one. City bees is a topic which involve designers and students.
The seminar “Culture of Design” leads us to human-centred principles in career and business. The key-note speaker is an expert of inclusive design from the U.K showing us how to make life better through design. There will lecture by Jüri Kermik and also stories about design culture from other countries. Simo Heikkilä expresses his concern for dying craft skills. Thought provoking case-studies with Design For All approach will arrive from Finland.
A poetry corner will give designers the possibility to present their own poetry, literature will also be included in creative street design.
In Architecture and Design Gallery Simo Heikkilä and Toivo Raidmets tandem will show the solid cooperation between Finland and Estonia with the exhibition "FINEST FURNITURE DESIGN". German graphic designers will present the best calendars. Fresh Estonian posters HGDF rejoice visitors.

See memories from 2016


Main organizer
Ilona Gurjanova
+372 55573687
Technical support
Andre Poopuu
+372 5039696
Technical support
Liisi-Daisy Koplimaa
+372 5046609
Social media and marketing
Kirke Tatar
+372 55590787
Design manager
Helena Koop
+372 5061472
Exhibition 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
Jaanika Kikkas
+372 56651858
Photo, animation & film
Mari-Liis Heinsaar
+372 53750301


MTÜ DisainiÖÖ
Estonian Design House
Kalasadama 8
Tallinn 10145


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 “design festival” to your request. Or Solo Sokos Hotel Viru, where Tallinn Design Festival guests are offered a special price: 90€ (single room) or 95€ (double room) with breakfast. To get your discount, please email viru.reservation@sok.fi and add “design festival” 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.


Parking info coming soon.


Transport info coming soon.