25.09. — 01.10.2017
Design Culture


The 12th Tallinn Design Festival (25th Sept – 1st Oct 2017)
Design Culture

Tallinn Design Festival is a significant annual event demonstrating the achievements of designers of Estonia and other countries and actuating discussions about the role of design in modern society. The venues of the festival have often happened to be neglected pearls of architecture becoming the favourites of public afterwards. This time the festival is held at the historical site of Noblessner submarine factory. The creative vitality of the city is assured by intensive programme of satellites. Among the partners there are beside designers both start-up and experienced organisations, manufacturers, educational institutions and other establishments. In collectively composed festival programme one can find formats going deeper into design world, cultural and entertaining events and initiatives promoting design trade.

The programme of the 12th Tallinn Design Festival Design Night (25th Sept – 1st Oct 2017) concentrates on design culture. We expect the festival visitor to renew his design knowledge and experience design as a holistic discipline integrated into our every-day life with its aesthetics and human-centred processes and solutions.

The programme of the festival varies from educative lectures, excursions and workrooms to exhibitions, light installations and fashion. Different target groups, including kids, are involved.

In the Architecture and Design Gallery one can enjoy the exhibition FINEST FURNITURE DESIGN of the Finnish-Estonian tandem of Simo Heikkilä and Toivo Raidmets. Before the final renovation, the Noblessner Foundry develops into the high-spirited design room with different exhibitions, lectures, work-shops, small eateries and prospering design trade at the end of the week. Side by side Estonian and Dutch ceramists Lotte Dowes and Raili Keiv and Estonian and German graphic designers exhibit their design; the presentation of HGDF poster collection and dignified exhibition of calendars from Germany with comments by Prof Gregor Krisztian will take place. The exhibition Design For All is dedicated to the accessibility of living environment; the topics about city bees based on the Poland examples make the audience hum. A poetry corner Under the Attic will give designers possibility to present their own poetry. This year fashion shows focus on environmental-friendly smart fabrics. The winners of the Vegan Fashion competition will be announced and the works of the participants will be exhibited. Smart textiles will try to find answers to questions how can technology-related clothes turn our society into more harmonic one. The unconventional fashion show will introduce young talented designers.

The seminar Design Culture leads us to humanity in design and business. Michael Thomson, a well-known design strategist, Jak Spencer, an expert of inclusive design and Oscar Tomico, a specialist on smart textiles show us the ways to improve the quality of life with the help of design. Jakob Kahlen from Denmark introduces success stories of digital media and branding. Kristian Keinänen, the president of Ornamo and Kristjan Mändmaa discuss about design education and design awareness. Jüri Kermik concentrates on plywood and furniture. Simo Heikkilä discusses about ebbing of hands-on abilities. Thilo von Debschitz offers an interesting study to friends of graphic.

Everyone can participate as a presenter or spectator at PechaKucha Night and lecture „Me, Designer“. This year the benefit from the Design Auction will support the studies of a young Estonian Designer abroad. Design Street and Fashion Cross will be open “for traffic” to communicate with fashion designers and buy good Estonian design.

See memories from 2016


Main organizer
Ilona Gurjanova
+372 55573687
Evelin Ojamets
+372 5212890
Social media and marketing
Kirke Tatar
+372 55590787
Technical support
Andre Poopuu
+372 5039696
Technical support
Liisi-Daisy Koplimaa
+372 5046609
Design manager
Helena Koop
+372 5061472
Exhibition & Design Street curator
Kristin Kivimäe
+372 58132313
Afterparty manager
Madlen Hirtentreu
+372 53437070
Fashion Design Show
Piret Mägi
+372 55977444
Light installations
Indrek Leht
+372 56135536
Fund-raising Design Auction
Tõnis Vellama
+372 5017648
Fund-raising Design Auction
Maarja Marga
+372 5242457
Volunteer coordinator
Mari Mäekivi
+372 53466131
Info manager & Satellites
Jaanika Kikkas
+372 56651858
Photo, animation & film
Mari-Liis Heinsaar
+372 53750301


MTÜ DisainiÖÖ
Estonian Design House
Kalasadama 8
Tallinn 10145


Our hotel partner is Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria, where Tallinn Design Festival guests are offered a special price: 110€ (single room) or 120€ (double room) with breakfast. To get your discount, please email estoria.reservation@sok.fi and add “design festival” to your request. Or Solo Sokos Hotel Viru, where Tallinn Design Festival guests are offered a special price: 90€ (single room) or 95€ (double room) with breakfast. To get your discount, please email viru.reservation@sok.fi and add “design festival” to your request.

Estoria Hotel and Viru Hotel are just in the city centre – the address is:
Viru väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia

Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria
This hotel of Estonian design and stories is a private oasis in the center of the city for both business meetings and a peaceful retreat. In addition, guests are invited into an engaging view of Estonia and Estonian history stories in a completely unique way. Every hotel room tells a unprecedented and incredible story about the cultural, scientific and business life in Estonia. Did you know that 96% of Estonians submit their tax returns in the e-tax office with only about 10 min? Moreover you can find all over the hotel Estonian design. From us, you will get experiences and memories to take away home with you.
Estoria offers its guests a personalised sleep experience in beds with mattresses made of material developed by NASA to improve surface circulation in the skin.,This hotel has been rated in TripAdvisor among best five hotels of Estonia.
In Estoria every floor has a cosy lounge, suitable for private meetings. There is the enjoyment of the wholesome Solo breakfast developed by Estonian nutritionists which has been rated as the best one in town.
From the hotel, there is direct access to the conference rooms and restaurants of the Viru Hotel and to the services provided at the Viru Shopping Centre.


The most convenient ways to reach the Noblessner Foundry are by foot, public transportation, taxi or bicycle (bicycle parking area available).

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: You can get to Noblessner by bus No. 73. Get off at ‘Noblessneri’. There are stairs down to Noblessner right near the flyover. Alternatively, bus No. 3 will take you to ‘Kungla’ stop at Tööstuse street.
Continue along the street for about 100 metres and after you have passed the park, turn down to Peetri street. The territory of Noblessner begins here.
BY TAXI: The ride will cost you ca €5 from the city centre.

BY CAR: From the city centre, take Kalaranna tee or Soo street to get to Tööstuse street. When you reach the building at Tööstuse 48, turn to Peetri street, heading towards the sea. You can park the car by the urban square
free of charge. Please bear in mind, that the parking spaces are limited.

On Saturday, 30.09. and Sunday, 01.10. at 11:30 Tallinn Design Festival’s bus will leave from Estoria / Viru hotel and will take festival visitors to Noblessner. Bus is free for all Estoria and Viru hotel guests as well as for everybody else. A guide will be on the bus to introduce Tallinn Design Festival events and Kalamaja.