"Travelling Talks" is the first in a series of events introducing inspiring people who have promoted cultural life all over Estonia. Often stemming from grassroots movements, these citizen initiatives have enriched culture and brought life into remote places that are situated away from regional capitals.
The official opening of the XVI Tallinn Design Festival will take place on the grounds of the Põhjala Factory, which has already become quite homey to the festival.
Lovers of design will have plenty to explore on Monday, September 20, as this year's #Disainiöö, which focuses on extraordinary and life-saving SOS design, will launch at 15:00 with the Travelling Talks lecture series in the Big hangar of Põhjala, where we’ll hear inspiring people who have promoted local life and culture.
Towards the evening other corners of the old rubber factory will be toured, since through two floors the international main exhibition "SOS Design", the latest display of local design and architecture schools, the exhibition of Estonian sustainable design "Second Chance" and the international graphic design exhibition "ABSURD" will be opened.
The international conference SOS Design, which will take place within the framework of the Tallinn Design Festival on Thursday, September 23, has this time focused on the crisis topic. The conversation will revolve around the crucial role of design in resolving changes and crises in society. In the context of the pandemic, the role of crisis planning is more important than ever. In addition to the pandemic, there are other global problems that require urgent intervention: the economic crisis, global warming, the energy crisis, poverty, and also the mental crisis.
10.00 Gathering with coffee
Moderator / Founder of Tallinn Design Festival / President of Estonian Association of Designers
10.30 “Towards a Resilient Society: Bringing Design for Emergencies into Design Education”
Ph.D. candidate in Design Sciences / Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant at Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia / Research interests in in gerontechnology and design for health and wellbeing.
11.00 “VaccineGuard. How to marry Covid certificates and dignity?”
Chief Medical officer / Healthin OÜ / Guardtime OÜ
11.30 “CONTAIN - Rapid-response testing and sequencing labs”
Biotech Research Park t/a OpenCell / MDes Bauhaus University, MA Royal College of Art
12.45 “From Design to Live to Design to Survive: Scenarios, Projects and Visions”
Researcher / Industrial Designer / Design Page Coordinator at "Il Giornale dell’Architettura"
13.15 “Rendering Tomorrow’s Spatial Experiences”
Founder and Design Principal of Spatialconnection(s)
13.45 Abu Dhabi challenge competition: "I-Breathe Just" for emergency apparatus for Covid cases and “Artificial Breathing Palm Structure in Dubai”
Öznur Pınar Çer, Danilo Petta
14.25 ArtsThread Graduate Competition. “Deploy - Access to Water”
Imperial College London / Royal College of Art / Deploy Tech Ltd
Moderator Ubaldo Spina
The COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, urbanization, poverty, inequality - crises are everywhere around us. The design competition "SOS: the house is on fire" is inspired by the speeches of the climate activist Greta Thunberg. How to save the world? Create a drawing of your vision and share it with others.
To participate in the competition, send a drawing introducing your idea to the e-mail address email@example.com by September 30th. All young activists aged 7-12 are invited to participate. The best ideas are shared on the festival's social media channels and favorites are rewarded with prizes.
Fennecfit focuses on producing durable, sustainable, ethical and long-lasting activewear with an outstanding design. Clothes are made by analysing and following the needs of an active woman: style, functionality and endurance.
The brand is determined to choose recycled fabrics, biodegradable and recycled packaging. The ethical production of the clothes takes place in Portugal and Italy with our excellent partners.
Founder of Fennecfit Birgit Kool: "The people I relate to, and the surroundings inspire me deeply. Throughout time I’ve gotten ideas and inspiration from life around me."
Special thanks to the family, Nicolai, Robin and the Fennecfit family around the world!
“Instead of focusing on her race, age or occupation we visualise a woman who strives to become the best version of herself, keeping her head held high based on her own life values.”
Human Highness is a luxury sustainable womenswear brand that started its journey by creating empowering capes for women - believing in elegance with a touch of a super heroic upliftment.
Being handcrafted and painstakingly tailored in Estonia, collaborating with other female artisans, using natural or deadstock materials, produced by demand with slower pace and off season production. Their handwoven wool fabrics are made by talented women of Kango Textile..
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Merle Saal, Julia Shashkina, Mai-Liis Sipria, Vivika Sopp, Nataliya Sukhorukova, Rita Assor and many others who have helped the Human Highness brand.
It is a matter of choice to make a difference – re-create and re-use instead of waste.
BalticSeaBlue collection is created by upcycling post-consumer textile waste from the hospitality sector. Each piece has been sorted carefully. The fabrics were dyed in different shades inspired by the Nordic sea's greyish blue palette.
Xenia: "I dream that all of us could appreciate the work of others: like the work of the farmer who harvests the cotton, and appreciate the water used to produce fibre. I dream that we learn not to exploit but to collaborate. Not to waste but to create. Not to pollute but to clean instead. I dream of BalticSeaBlue."
Textile: "I am not wasted, I am beautiful."
Shoes of the show by Kira.Many thanks to Katri Link, Tallink!
Creative director Piret Mägi
Co-organizer Karin Järvet
Staging Anni Zupping
Lighting artist Reelika Palk
Sound artist Kenn-Eerik Kannike
Visual artist Carmen Seljamaa
Backstage manager Anne Rinne
Videos Ernesto Redondo Vergara
Beauty makers KEVIN.MURPHY and Couleur Caramel
Welcome drinks Mionetto and Haage WaterThank you Woola and Biopakid
The Italian Design Day 2021 will take place in Tallinn on September 22, with a Live Design Tech Dialogue “Artisans of InnovatiON” led by Arch. Dario Donato, Design Principal at Spatialconnection(s). The event is organized by the Italian Embassy in Tallinn, in collaboration with the Estonian Association of Designers.
An active conversation with students and professionals on current technologies for producing unconventional design will help to define the impact of architecture. A special focus will be put on the relationship between design and a sustainable creative and business process.
Guest speakers will be:
Mr. Ubaldo Spina, researcher, industrial designer and coordinator of Design page of the Magazine “Il Giornale dell’Architettura” and co-curator of SOS Design Conference at Tallinn Design Festival 2021;
Dr. Francesco De Luca, M. Arch. PhD TalTech University, Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies;
and a welcome message from Mr. Daniele Rampazzo, Ambassador of Italy to Estonia, will open the event.
As a tradition, the autumn design market will again be a part of the festival weekend: to explore the Design Street no driver’s license is needed as there's plenty of room for wanderers on foot! Walk through the streets and discover lots of great fashion-, accessory-, product- and interior design.
Over a hundred designers and design brands will occupy the main hangar of Põhjala. In addition to a pleasing experience, it is a great opportunity to learn about the designers and the stories behind the products and purchase some of the best design with special prices for yourself and your loved ones.
New materials are emerging in the design world due to a demand for sustainable and plant-based alternatives. However, it creates a problem for designers who use different leather decoration techniques. In his thesis Anari Västrik tries to find out how to preserve these techniques on these alternative materials, what kind of changes need to be made in the application process and how do the materials justify their usage.
The materials were chosen on the basis of being new or not yet being available on the market - to see how they endure the techniques. In order to present the outcome as clearly as possible an overview is given, showing the application of decoration on vegetable tanned leather from which these techniques are derived from. To truly put the alternatives on a test Anari created a set of footwear, which is the most challenging act towards the material. For his work Anari received the best accessory design student award, his supervisor was Marta Moorats. Used techniques: stamping, cliché print, modelling, marbling, gilding.
The exhibition “ABSURD” was completed for the annual event series dedicated to graphic design. The 2021 traditional competition of the Haapsalu Graphic Design Festival received a total of 446 works from 234 authors from all over the world. A jury of professionals selected 85 final works through a tight screen. The subject of the absurd is dissected on the basis of the authors’ personal views and design beliefs on a very wide scale, from innocent bizarreness to sharp political remarks.
At the initiative of many lighting designers, Future Cemetery will serve ideas and guesses on the topic of graveyards of tomorrow.
What will a cemetery look like in the future? What elements can one encounter there, which technologies will it contain, what opportunities will the cemeteries offer? Are the cemeteries of the future a different sort of garden? What design elements could find application in the graveyards of the future and what flowers would grow there in a hundred years?
Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the collection of ideas themselves by dropping their dreams or surreal descriptions of cemeteries in the Idea-gathering Urn, thus generating ideas for a new version or further development of the Future Cemetery.
Authors: Andri Luup, Ilvar Piisk, Allan Lahe, Anne Türn, Toomas Täht, Anna Kristin McCarthy, Margus Kontus etc.
Digital Construction 2021 will take place for the third time to team up to build a 48-hour prototyping platform for the digitalisation of the construction industry.
We welcome architects and developers, BIM specialists, contractors, building materials producers, software engineers, UI/UX designers, data scientists, business visionaries, students, young professionals and marketers from Estonia, Finland and worldwide!
Ampler Bikes makes lightweight e-bikes for urban commuters. Riding an Ampler is easy - you simply cycle, as the bikes look and feel just like regular bicycles. We invite you to take part of Ampler city tours on Thursday and Friday starting at 19:00. If you already own an Ampler, then bring it with you or if you don´t, then we will happily lend you one of our bikes. The tour will last about an hour.
A-Gallery is a gallery that represents the widest selection of Estonian art jewellery. A-Gallery is a unique shopping space where you can meet the artwork from over 80 different artists. Our purpose is to represent professional jewellery artists and designers, creating an outstanding display of studio jewellery, unique pieces and exhibition works.
20.09 18.00 Artists conversation on the topic "New again and new use in jewelry" with Sille Luiga, Andrei Balašov, Urmas Lüüs and Kaia Ansip.
22.09 17.30 Liina Lelov’s and Valdek Laur’s lecture on "Politicality in Jewelry".
24.09 17.00 Tour of A-Gallery and of Andrei Balašov’s "Warm summer" and "Treasures from the sea", guided by Katarina Kotselainen and Helle Ly Tomberg.
ERKI Fashion Show, an insane event for EKA (prev ERKI) students that started in 1982, has now become one of the most popular and craziest fashion art events in Estonia. This year, ERKI Fashion Show took place for the 34th time at Patarei Sea Fortress where every designer had the opportunity to show their creation on an independent showcase.
The newly opened gallery shop Estonian Design House + hosts the work of, for example, Eve Hanson, August, Piret Loog, Tanel Veenre, Kelpman Textile, Süsimust, New Vintage by Kriss, Reet Aus, KIRA Shoes, Karl Joonas Alamaa, Stella Soomlais.
Estonian Design House+fashion & home
Solaris Shopping Centre invites you to visit Solaris Design Street from 20 to 26 September to check out the innovative products offered in our design shops!Did you know that TRIWA x Humanium watches are made from gathered illegal firearms? Fifteen per cent from the sales of each watch is donated to charity to improve life and reduce violence in conflict areas. Pinqponq backpacks are made from collected plastic bottles. Birkenstock sandals are 100% vegan. In BestBrands, HUNTER rain boots made of 100% natural rubber are available. — All of this and many other interesting stories are waiting for you at Solaris Centre’s Design Street.