Make Room for Design


XIX Tallinn Design Festival
Make Room for Design! - Design Empowering Spaces.

The largest design festival in the Baltics opens its doors in the industrially infused Krulli Quarter. Attracting over 10,000 visitors from Estonia and abroad, the week-long Tallinn Design Festival showcases the achievements of Estonian and international designers and initiates discussions on design’s position in today's society. The international festival is based on four pillars: debates and exhibitions on the future of design for professionals and students; community-engaging events; a rich satellite programme; and design commerce. 

This year's festival will again feature design industry’s top event: the Estonian Design Awards Gala, where the winners of the best product design BRUNO will be announced. Among the many other exhibitions and events from Estonia and abroad, the programme includes conferences, design talks and PechaKucha lectures, children's programme and several workshops. Many visitors will be attracted by the Estonian design and architecture schools showcase, the Arts Thread Global Design Graduate Show, the poster exhibition of the Haapsalu Graphic Design Festival, and the product and material-focused exhibitions.

One of the main events of the festival, the DOM sustainable fashion and clothing design show will bring the story of local brands to the stage in the form of a conceptual performance. The festival weekend will see the opening of the hugely popular Design Street design market, and from Monday there will be the chance to visit the INTERIOR+ mini-fair. The festival will have over 25 satellites - museums, galleries and design studios - which will host tours, talks, masterclasses and other exciting events across the city.

Each year, Tallinn Design Festival concentrates on the most important themes in the design scene. The aim this year is to demonstrate how creativity can be employed to create a better physical and social environment. The focus is on small and deserted places that can be revitalised via creative design thinking. A dedicated international design forum will bring together architects, urban planners, designers and enthusiasts who share a common interest in creating sustainable, liveable and aesthetically pleasing environments. Inspiring presentations will be given by Cameron Sinclair (USA), Stephan Clambaneva (USA), Spyros Bofylatos (Greece) and Sebastian Gschanes (Austria).

Delegations of designers, urbanists, researchers from nine countries will visit Tallinn to present examples of transformations that have been implemented in peripheries thanks to the four-year EU project ("SMOTIES - Creative Works for Small and Remote Places"). The results and methodology of the project will be published in a book, which will be presented at the festival. In addition, one of the festival satellites in Joaveski – where the Estonian design team has carried out a series of innovations on the site of an old paper mill – will be visited.

Most of the events are free of charge for visitors. In case of a fee or a requirement for registration, the information is available online for each event. The festival area is wheelchair accessible. Festival activities take place both indoors and outdoors!


Main organizer
Ilona Gurjanova
+372 55573687
Technical director
Rinald Kodasma
+372 51937600
Organizer / Marketing
Kirke Tatar
+372 55590787
Evelin Ojamets
+372 5212890
Visual identity
Erik Teemägi / PUTKA
Editor / Photo
Kevin Loigu
+372 5232627
Art exhibitions
Indrek Leht
+372 5155365
Fashion Design Show DOM Creative Director
Piret Mägi
INTERIOR+ & Satellites
Silvi Grigorjeva
+372 522 90 88
Design Street
Cristopher Siniväli
+372 5307 6016
Pecha Kucha Tallinn
Svetla Gocheva
+372 53533907
Marko Kekishev
Showcase project lead
Kersti Jaani
Sound & light
Virgo Jaani
+372 5044561
Childrens area
Katrin-Maria Terras
+372 53030749


NGO (MTÜ) Disainiöö

Põhjala tehas (Marati 5, Tallinn)

+372 55573687

It’s about time to visit ESTONIA!

The Republic of Estonia has been an independent state since 1918, shortly interrupted by the half a century long Soviet occupation following the World War II. Estonia restored its independence in 1991, known as The Singing Revolution that was inspired by the more than century-old song festival tradition.

Today's Estonia is a thriving and forward-looking member state of EU and NATO, where you can vote online and start your own business in less than half an hour. Many have done so already, including the founders of Skype and Wise.

1) Estonia's capital Tallinn is the best-preserved medieval city in Northern Europe

2) Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world

3) Estonia is a Digital Society

4) Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark or Holland

+ 4th urban air quality in the world
+ 51% of mainland covered with forests
+ 22 % of farmland is certified organic, 2nd best
in Europe
+ 2nd best place for bird watching in Europe
+ more than 2,000 km of hiking trails
+ limestone cliffs and lake-studded hills
+ 3,800-km - long coastline for yachting
+ over 2,000 islands
+ five seasons
+ top 10 cleanest air in the world
+ Tallinn - European Green Capital 2023
+ top 5 country for sustainable tourism

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