Festival in Tallinn aims to redefine design

The Tallinn Design Night festival aims to make Estonian design more visible and give an opportunity for the designers to promote their work.

The main topic of this year’s festival, held for the 11th time, is redefining design.

Since the humble start in 2006, the festival has attracted more public over the years and helps the audiences make more sense of the meaning of design, the organisers said in a statement.

Kitchen scales designed by Helena Koop, one of the designers represented at the Design Night

“Society has started to redefine the designing processes. Nowadays, we are talking more about intangible design which means the design of experience. New disciplines like service design, food design and design of micro-chip based equipment are replacing traditional areas of design,” Ilona Gurjanova, the main organiser, said.

Designers put people who represent a diversity of age, ability, gender and community at the heart of their creative process. “Designers are not doing things for an average user anymore, but take into account different people with diverse needs.”

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This year’s festival hosts a range of events and initiatives over the course of six days in mid-September: from shopping for new design at the pop-up “design street” in the art hub, Kultuurikatel; to exhibitions and experimental installations at various galleries and studios across the city.

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There will also be a seminar where local and foreign experts discuss how design can be implemented in different areas and how it could be also profitable financially.


Photos courtesy of Tallinn Design Night festival. Tallinn Design Night is to be held 12-18 September.

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