Human Cities


The 13th Tallinn Design Festival (10 to 16 September 2018)
Human Cities

The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn will be revived - the historic Baltic Station Departure Pavilion, the new building of EAA, Museum of Architecte, Architectural and Design Gallery, Viru Centre, Telliskivi, Alexela Concert Hall, Solaris, Kadriorg Tennis Hall and dozens of satellites in various locations.  

The theme of this year's major design event is Human Cities. Designers, architects, urbanists, and planners are committed to ensuring a more sustainable and human-friendly urban environment. Insights and testimonials from other cities can be seen at exhibitions and the conference which mark the successful end of the four-year Europe-wide project "Human Cities - Challenging the City Scale". We look forward to presenters from several architectural bureaus and other distinguished visionaries such as Mark Kingwell (Canada), Liam Young (UK) and Chantal Vanoeteren (Belgium). Those interested in urban development can see projects from 11 different countries, including innovative projects of Polytechnic University of Milan and Aalto University. The Estonian team will present the relaxation capsule HÄLO. The works of the nominees of Germany's renowned design award IF will complement the exhibition from the perspective of the students.  „Human Cities“, a music piece by Villu Veski and Laura will bring the project to an upstanding end.

This year's design festival will be spiced by an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with the finest Estonian design in Viru Centre. At the festive Design Award gala product design awards BRUNO and SÄSI, graphic design award and prizes in other categories will be awarded.  

A graphic designers exhibition „Dialogue“ will also be displayed.

Throughout September in the Museum of Estonian Architecture visitors can become acquainted with the exciting history of Isokon which has accrued from the foreign representation of the Luther factory. The text and pictures of the Isokon Gallery in London are supplemented by product examples from the Luther factory and its descendant, as well as replicas of the Isokon products, supported by the well-known designers from Bauhaus - Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, etc.

The exhibition reflecting the plywood industry is brought to the present day by the examples of the plywood manufacturer's workshop. Jüri Kermik, John Allan, Elizabeth Darling, Karen Jagodin and Magnus Englund will bring life into the topic of plywood with their lectures.

From Hungary, examples of wearable technologies and achievements of digital handicrafts are brought to the Design Festival. Authors are looking for answers on how a traditional craft can continue in today's digital world without losing value.

At the exhibitions of design schools one can examine the developments taken place in different educational institutions during the year, also get acquainted with the student works from Ljubljana and Graz and participate in an experience room Design For All.

The festival's attractions are fashion shows, PechaKucha and Design Street. The light installations show the way to the attractive centres of the Festival, a musician Kristjan Kannukene presents his new single in the tunnel. It is possible to participate at an unconventional tour „Blocked door“ and visit places full of surprises you could possibly not get into.

There will be plenty of events for the entire family, including educational workshops for children and workshops "Child Culture Design”.


Memories from 2017 here
Memories from 2016 here


Main organizer
Ilona Gurjanova
+372 55573687
Evelin Ojamets
+372 5212890
Social media and marketing
Kirke Tatar
+372 55590787
Info manager & Satellites
Jaanika Kikkas
+372 56651858
Fashion Design Show
Piret Mägi
+372 55977444
Design manager
Helena Koop
+372 5061472
Design Street curator
Kristin Kivimäe
+372 58132313
Display of Design Schools curator
Victoria Rüütel
+372 5253235
Afterparty manager
Madlen Hirtentreu
+372 53437070
Light installations
Indrek Leht
+372 56135536
Volunteer coordinator
Gea Rebas
+372 5025407
Guest manager
Jana Pala
+372 55647575
Photo team manager
Mirjam Rausberg
+372 56857859
Photo team manager
Tago Kalbri
+372 58130134


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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 “BDESIGN” 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.