Design festival celebrates innovation in ideas

  • 2014-09-03
  • From wire report

The Tallinn Design Night (IX Design Night) festival is an annual festival that takes in a number of towns and cities. Everyone can take part as audience members as well as initiators of design events. The program includes international exhibitions, seminars showcasing the latest trends in design, fashion events, product launches, light installations and more.
Many of the events are free of charge - with the aim of distributing information about design, promoting Estonian design, encouraging, inspiring and educating. The key word of the festival is ‘synthesis,’ bringing together the fields of culture and commerce.

The days 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 an 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 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 theater and the festive awards gala is held in the Lillekula football hall.
The meatier part of the program consists of a design seminar and workshops. This year, the international seminar Design Miss-takes concentrates on the mistakes, challenges and lessons learned. Among others, the accessories designer Elissa Bloom (USA), industrial designer Paolo Favoretto (Italy), design strategist Steinar Valade-Amland (Denmark), journalist Michael Dumiak (USA), designers Tania De Bruycker (Belgium) and Martin Parn (Estonia) are giving presentations.

Where: Tallinn
When: Sept. 25 - 28
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