Estonian design on display: DC Fashion Week hosts talent from Tallinn for first time for the first time at DC Fashion Week 20.09.2016
An outstanding delegation of 22 Estonian design brands arrive in Washington on Tuesday 20th Sept. to will participate at in the DC Fashion Week festival through Sept. 25th.
Designers will create a joint pop-up exhibition of fashion and design brands at the Estonian embassy, show their clothes and accessories on the runway during Fashion Week and meet with buyers and media.
Other events during the week include screening of the film Out of Fashion, a detailed creative documentary about fashion designer Reet Aus and her striving to upcycle industrial clothing scraps from Bangladesh into her own label, exploring and fighting against ‘fast fashion’ along the way, and a reading by American writer and editor Michael Dumiak from Woods and the Sea, an upcoming book about Estonian designers.
The aim of bringing Estonian fashion and design to Washington is to introduce Estonian strong Estonian brands toin the US, to exploreto create long-lasting cooperation possibilities partnerships and to develop e-commerce inof the sector.
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This exhibition has been travelling from Tallinn to Brussels, London and Vienna. Now we are glad to introduce such a large range of Estonian design first time in Stockholm. In winter the exhibition will travel to Les Boréales Festival in Caen and the next stop will be in Paris.
Estonian designers at Milan Design Week
via Tortona 54
April 12 - 17, 2016
11 AM - 10 PM
Every year, Estonian Design House takes part of a foreign exhibition or fair. The idea behind these trips is not to undervalue the home market but broaden the clientele and promote Estonia as a country with enormous design potential.
Milan Design Week is one of the most famous and popular design events in Europe with the number of guests reaching 80 000 people last year. Cooperation with the British design agency DesignersBlock which started at London Design Week in 2014 has led to another projects which involve the Italian market. In cooperation with experienced partners, Estonian designers exhibit their products in an old industrial building (Ex Ansaldo) on the most popular street Via Tortona, in the heart of the Milan Design Week.Read more »
On the day after the opening, in the course of a seminar, it will be possible to meet with Estonian designers and listen to the development stories of this small Nordic country.
For several days in the gallery will be open the Estonian Design House pop-up shop and helpful designers will be the guides when presenting the exhibits. The Estonian Association of Designers (EDL) has developed the concept of "Size Doesn't Matter," which contrasts the smallness of the land and the density of designers and the abundance of the achievements, in order to introduce Estonian design in foreign countries.
The collection consists of high quality small print run products, basically of the best pieces of the author's design and on new innovative industrial products. The exhibition includes products related to furnishing of the home: textiles, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, wheels and fashion accessories including bags, shoes, jewelry and a selection of packaging and book designs. Nearly 45 designers are represented including meritorious as well as a newly graduated young promising artists who have received awards both in Estonia and abroad. The crisp collection is characteristic to the Nordic country - characterized by a minimalist style, natural materials, ingenious solutions and humor.
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The keynote speaker Charles Landry, the author of the concept of Creative Cities (UK), introduces the movements on future cities. Tiit Tammiste`s presentation is about internet of things; Pekka Sivonen shares his dreams about creating the brood chamber on wealth and wellbeing in Finland; Jon Marshall (UK) explains the backgrounds of the design award they received in collaboration with Virgin Atlantic; the founder of Fixperts competition, Daniel Charny (UK), pays attention to the significance of fixing objects and situations; we will have an excursion in the design world of Villeroy-Boch Gustavsberg by the head designer Jon Eliason(Sweden) and lifestyle trends of 2016 will be brought to us by Stefan Nilsson (Sweden).
International design competition FIXPERTS for improving real life situations and fixing things 12.08.2015
Tallinn Design Festival 2015 is collaborating with Fixperts, a creative social platform and design education programme, to create a bespoke international Fixperts Award which will be formally announced and celebrated at the TDF Gala event.
The application is open to any Fixperts project that uses design
to solve a real life situation and demonstrates clearly how design can be used
to improve quality of life. This can be by prototyping a product, a service or
a public space design. These are small problems solved quickly and their story
told. Find out more here.
Anyone is eligible to apply as long as they upload a Fixperts project according to the Fixperts guidelines by 1st of September 2015.
Full details, terms and conditions to follow.
The Prize: The winner will be invited to Tallinn Design Festival DISAINIÖÖ to receive the award at the gala event. Travel and accommodation will be organised and paid for (500 EUR). Should the winner be from Estonia, Tallinn Design Festival DISAINIÖÖ will offer an organised trip to the London Design Festival, with travel and accommodation paid for (500 EUR).
The films by the shortlisted nominees will be presented during Tallinn Design Festival and later in international channels.
The Process: Applications are open from 15th July to 1st September 2015. The shortlist will be announced and winner notified by 1st September; the winner will be invited to attend the formal announcement at the TDF Gala event on 18th September.
FIXPERTS AWARD TALLINN 2015
Tallinn Design Festival 2015 is
collaborating with Fixperts, a creative social platform and design education programme,
to create a bespoke international Fixperts Award which will be formally
announced and celebrated at the TDF Gala event.
The application is open to any Fixperts project that uses design to solve a real life situation and demonstrates clearly how design can be used to improve quality of life. This can be by prototyping a product, a service or a public space design. These are small problems solved quickly and their story told. For examples, see fixperts.org/fixfilms.
Anyone is eligible to apply as long as they upload a Fixperts project according to the Fixperts guidelines by 1st September 2015.
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Human Cities is a concept created in 2006 by the Belgian association Pro Materia and co-funded from 2014-2018 by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union. It is a platform of interdisciplinary exchanges. This European network is about exploring the way in which the inhabitants reclaim the constantly evolving contemporary city (especially through experiments in the urban space) and ways of (re)inventing city life, as sources of wellbeing and quality of life. These structural changes are impacting both people and places like shops in town and city centres. Today this project is led by Cité du Design from Saint-Etienne.
Human Cities network highlights 13 strong and shared values:
Estonian designers testing UK design market 31.03.2015
The demand for small runs of semi-handmade quality products is increasing. Ascetic, oriented towards basic needs and functions, a smart aesthetic, not focusing on luxury – these are the intrinsic qualities of Estonian design.
The most well-known furniture and lighting designers (Maile Grünberg, Toivo Raidmets, Tarmo Luisk, Tõnis Vellama, Johanna Tammsalu etc) present outstanding lighting, high quality sofas with a touch of vintage (Oot-Oot), modern chairs, wooden pavilion (Tarmo Piirmets), recycling parquet (Elmet Treier), solar powered scooter e-Roll by Üllar Karro.
The exceptional craft skills are demonstrated by glass designers (AnnkrisGlass), ceramicists (Raili Keiv), designers of leather goods (Stella Soomlais, Kärt Põldmann, Piret Loog) textile designers who (Mare Kelpman), in addition to traditional solutions, create acoustic (Monika Järg) and light conducting textiles (Kärt Ojavee).
Tallinn Design Night starts September 25th 21.09.2014DISCOVER GOOD DESIGN!
The times when the value of design was measured purely based on appearance and beauty are over. Contemporary design consists of integrated dynamic processes which give rise to functional, long-lasting, approachable and adjustable smart products which are comfortable to use, make our lives easier, create emotions and look great. In addition to this, improving our environment and existent services, creating new ones and combining them with products play an important role in creating well-being – this is what service design sets out to achieve.
In the ever-changing world, those who are innovative stand out – those who learn from their mistakes, who can turn the values created by design into business and export and integrate design with other disciplines. All this, in turn, helps to expand the economy and develop Estonian design culture.
IX Design Night festival which takes place on September 25-28, offers local design lovers yet another invigorating dose of international design and introduces good Estonian design. It is the year of design awards – the BRUNO product design award is given out and the best graphic designers, service designers and young designers are rewarded at the Estonian Design Awards gala. The award exhibition takes place in the NO99 theatre and the festive awards gala is held in the Lilleküla football hall.
The meatier part of the programme consists of a design seminar and workshops. This year, the international seminar "Design Misstakes and Lessons Learned" concentrates on the mistakes, challenges and lessons learned. Among others, the accessories designer Elissa Bloom (USA), industrial designer Paolo Favaretto (Italy), design strategist Steinar Valade-Amland (Denmark), journalist Michael Dumiak(USA), designers Tania De Bruycker (Belgium) and Martin Pärn (Estonia) are giving presentations.
In order to be able to distinguish between good and bad design, we are organising a campaign where we collect examples of user-hostile design with possible solutions for improvement. Design students, professionals and everyone who wants to make the world a better place are welcome to take part. The results are displayed at the exhibition "Design Misstakes".
This year’s festival programme includes several design education workshops and exhibitions. The younger design fans can visit the former Helios cinema where an exhibition of works from design schools is displayed. Young students can also take part of the festival – the presentation of Polish author Ewa Solarzi children book "D.I.S.A.I.N." and Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński’s exhibition of illustrations and Polish designers display. Furthermore, the children’s product development project Real Design which started in May, where carpets and lights are industrially manufactured based on the designs of year 7 students, will also take the form of an exhibition. In cooperation with the Estonian Research Council, a nationalcompetition for student inventors is introduced which gives students the opportunity to improve our environment and life. Different museums and universities which are associated with the built environment– Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn University - take part in the Design Night education programme.
The Estonian Academy of Arts celebrates its 100th jubilee in 2014. The programme of Design Night festival reflects on the diverse creative endeavors of the textile department and other achievements of the Estonian Academy of Arts. The Designers’ Face Book series continues.
As has become customary, the festival brings design from around the world to Estonia. "Tales of Heroes"is a non-traditional, conceptual Flemish design exhibition which introduces design objects through a unique display and simple stories. The exhibition remains open in the Design and Architecture Gallery until October. The young French designer Fabien Carrero Carsenat introduces his resin product collection with a Nordic touch. MdSt exhibition "Bodyworks" works oscillate on the border of industrial art and design. Finnish industrial artists and designers are planning to redesign the human-unfriendly environment at Lasnamäe as part of the urban art event Suur-Lasnamäe. In cooperation with Portuguese designers alight installation will be at the gate of Kultuurikatla Aed. Furthermore, the results of the bus stop pavilion project Generation 2.0 in cooperation between Italian and Estonian students are displayed.
Several other traditional events are included in the programme such as the PechaKucha Night lightning talks with international speakers, a charity auction, lighting displays and of course fashion show"Design Is in Fashion" which includes the quality textiles by the textile designer Mare Kelpmann and the new collection by the sustainable fashion designer Reet Aus.
Year by year, the interest among creative professionals to take part in the festival as a satellite and organise mini events and presentations has been increasing. For several years in a row, designers, interior architects and manufacturers have been brought together at a contact night. An overview exhibition ofindustrial textile design and poster exhibition "Made in Poland" is displayed at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.
Design Night window and pop-up shop will be opened at Departement Store. Estonian Design Houseshares design information.
Design Night festival is organised by NPO Disainiöö in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Designers. Estonian Design Centre, several embassies and others are involved in the festival. The Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the city of Tallinn support the festival.
In the center of Brussels between 24.04 and 25.05.2014 in the well-known DESIGN FLANDERS GALLERY, Kanselarijstraat 19 the Estonian design review exhibition “Size Doesn't Matter” will take place. On the day after the opening, in the course of a seminar, it will be possible to meet with Estonian designers and listen to the development stories of this small Nordic country. The Estonian Design House pop-up shop will be in the gallery for four days. Helpful designers will be the guides when presenting the exhibits.
The Estonian Association of Designers (EDL) has developed the concept of "Size Doesn't Matter", which contrasts the smallness of the land and the density of designers and the abundance of the achievements, in order to introduce Estonian design in foreign countries. The collection consists of high quality small print run products, basically of the best pieces of the author's design and on new innovative industrial products. The exhibition includes products related to furnishing of the home: textiles, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, wheels and fashion accessories including bags, shoes, jewelry and a selection of packaging and book designs. Nearly 60 designers are represented including meritorious as well as a newly graduated young promising artists who have received awards both in Estonia and abroad. The crisp collection is characteristic to the Nordic country - characterized by a minimalist style, natural materials, ingenious solutions and humour.
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The Design Night festival, which is known to activate Estonian design life every autumn, takes place on September 20-23. This year, in addition to the events in Tallinn, people from Tartu will also be able to experience the festival. The VII festival focuses on the areas where design has provided tangible results in improving the living environment.
Different seminars and a mini-fair are organised under the aegis “Design Matters”, which will concentrate on the cooperation between designers and companies and help to define possible success models which involve different areas by introducing the success stories of different people from the furniture and fashion industry. Among others, the world-renowned fashion designer Oskar Metsavaht from Brazil, who's roots are in Estonia, Per Mollerup, Tapio Anttila and other famous designers from Denmark and Great Britain will take the stage.Read more »
Tallinn For All exhibition in Helsinki 29.05.2012An exhibition with video about project of social inclusion called Tallinn For All was installed at Estonian House (Viro-keskus), Helsinki. The exhibition is opened May 21-June 11, 2012. In 2010 the Estonian Association of Designers brought together European designers, Tallinn city officials, the Chamber of Estonian Disabled People, lecturers and students from Estonian and French universities. They created many concepts for a single vision: Tallinn for All.
This falls under the rubric of the “Design for All” movement, which aims to create more accessible and livable cities in a measureable, solution-oriented way.Read more »
Landmark event for innovative design lovers. Innovation Festival IF... and VI Design Night DISAINIÖÖ starts September 16th. 11.09.2011IF... is a series of festivals which promotes creativity and innovation and aims to introduce the success stories of different European regions where design has been the driver of innovation and change and to present the results of the collaboration between designers, engineers, businessmen, scientists and students to the public. Within the span of 2 years, 6 cities organised the Innovation Festival – Barcelona, Milan, Kortrijk, Lisbon, Vilnius and Tallinn. Every city has chosen a topic which is prevalent in the region, stimulates development and increases awareness about innovation and design. The aim is not only to demonstrate excellent design but also to engage in a dialogue about and contribute to the processes taking place in the society like the climate change, pollution, environment without borders, etc. The festival emphasises innovation and user-friendly design, social inclusion, mobility, environmental awareness and the influence of technology on everyday life. People and their needs are in the centre of attention. Read more »
Registration to DME award gala 04.08.2011
Contest for Innovation Ideas IF... Tallinn 19.04.2011
On 26-27 May 2011, Tallinn will host the 2nd international conference "Cities For All – Tallinn For All’ Mobility, where the participants will be discussing mobility related issues, review reasons behind the success or failure of mobility projects in various countries, and discuss the social, economic and environmental impact connected with it.The speakers come from England, Finland, Estonia, Austria, and France. The keynote speaker is Rama Gheerawo from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art; Hanna-Leena Rissanen will present the research carried out by the Aalto University in Helsinki, which is entitled ‘Future Public Transport for All’; from Jarmo Tuisk we will hear why Estonian electromobility project is innovative; Veolia’s example presented by Claude Arnaud from France attempts to demonstrate that involving designers in creating new solutions has proven to be appropriate; Eric Rhinn speaks about the design process for public transports in Saint-Etienne. Veronika Egger will provide examples about the generation of efficient mobility prototypes; Fabien Combe demonstrates his projects on urban sustainable mobility. The conference will be opened by Finn Petren, the President of the EIDD Design For All Europe and introduction speech will be made also by Christian Guellerin, the President of Cumulus. The conference will be moderated by Pete Kercher. Panel discussions will be held with the participation of professors of Estonian higher educational institutions and internationally recognised mentors (Julia Cassim, Finn Petren, Francesc Aragall, Avril Accolla, Roger O'Keeffe etc.) who will be leading the implementation of the project named ‘Cities for All – Tallinn For All’.
‘Cities for All – Tallinn For All’ is an international co-operation project, whose objective is to find solutions for turning Tallinn into a more accessible and user-friendly city.The project will be realised by the Estonian Association of Designers, and the results of the first work groups will be analysed within the workshop held on 26 May. Final innovation proposals, as well as new product and service projects can be seen in September, at the exhibition taking place in the framework of the European Innovation Festival and the Design Night (Sept 16-25).Read more »
ESTONIAN DESIGN MOVES TO TALLINN FISH PORT 20.12.2010
The Estonian Design House opened its doors on December 18. The Estonian Association of Designers, together with various design companies, has now moved into a historical limestone building at the Fish Port, planned by the architect, Johansson. For several years the designers have sought possibilities for the exposition of their creation, while the city residents and foreign guests have revealed their interest in local design achievements. The first such gallery introducing Estonian design was opened in September in Helsinki.Read more »
Design side by side with Pärt and Oksanen representing Estonia in the Normandian cultural festival. 11.11.2010 13.11.2010
The Normandian cultural festival Boreales will be opened on November 12 in Caen, France, where the visitors can see the exhibition “design_estonia“ introducing Estonian design within the framework of the official programme. The exhibition will be opened by the Estonian Ambassador in France. A 5-member delegation of Estonian designers will be present. Several nominees for the Estonian design award Bruno and examples of more interesting design products of recent years are exposed in a beautiful and historical public administration building. The selection was also partly made on the basis of material, demonstrating the beauty and application possibilities of Nordic plywood. Products made by Igor Volkov, Monika Järg, Margus Triibmann, Tarmo Luisk, Pavel Sidorenko, Jaanus Orgusaar, Mare Kelpman, Maarja Mõttus, Sixten Heidmets - Sirli Ehari, Julia Maria Künnap, Kerttu Laane can be found in the exhibition. The curators of the project are Marko Ala and Ilona Gurjanova. The Normandian public television prepared the clip introducing Estonian design during the visit to Estonia in August. The exhibition will remain open until the end of the year and has been organised with the support of the Estonian Cultural Endowment.Read more »
In the end of September city of Tallinn is taken over by design. Fifth Design festival Design Night (Disainiöö) takes place on 23-25 of September and the heart of the festival is situated in lively Rotermann quarter. Different interdisciplinary events around the city embrace design, architecture, art, cinema, music, etc.
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Exhibition of Estonian design at the Festival Les Boréales in Normandy, 11.11.–31.12.2010 07.08.2010
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Estonian Association of Designers (EAD) is partner in the Estonian House project. The project is a citizen’s initiative which resulted in the establishment of the Estonian House in Helsinki. The building will mainly serve as headquarters for the Tuglas Society, Estonian Institute and EAS Helsinki. It is located in Suvilahti, a district which should develop into the most active area with creative potential by 2012, the year of the World Design Capital Helsinki.Read more »
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