DesignMarch is a celebration of the fresh and exciting Icelandic design scene. It will take place for the ninth consecutive time on March 23-26, 2017.Â
The Festival showcases the best from the local design scene, alongside an increasing number of international collaborations. The scope of the FestivalÂ covers all fields of design, be it graphics or fashion, furniture, architecture or products. All in all, there are over 100 events â€“ exhibitions, workshops, seminars and parties â€“ spread across Reykjavik. Now, in its ninth year, DesignMarch attracts around 30,000 visitors annually.
DesignMarch opens with DesignTalksÂ at Harpa, Reykjavikâ€™s architectural landmark, on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
DesignTalks is a day filled with design-centred inspirational talks.
We feel it's time to explore our relationship with nature â€” with each other - and ourselves. We set out to explore if and how uncertainty may be reinforcing our quest for the pure, the authentic, the raw. for beauty - and perhaps ugliness too. How we increasingly seek to reconnect with nature and ourselves through heightened senses, sometimes controversially mediated through technology while in other cases, through authentic experiences. All this while cities are struggling with growth and inclusion, citizens with cohabitation and we're running as fast as we can to save the planet - and ourselves.
Speakers include: Paul Bennett of IDEO, Alexander Taylor, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Christien Meindertsma and MichĂ¨le Degen.
DesignTalks is produced by Iceland Design Centre with support from the City of Reykjavik and Arion bank.
DesignMatch DesignMatch pairs local designers with international design producers, retailers, curators, journalists, and other design actors..
Why partake: DesignMatch is a concept which allows for easy exploration of new ideas from the Icelandic design scene. We arrange for designers and suitable industry partners to meet under one roof. Â We pick a date, we matchmake, we bring everyone together. New concepts find curators, curators find new concepts. It all happens on one of the festivalâ€™s daysÂ so there's enough time left to explore the remaining program too.Â
For Icelandic designers, DesignMatch gives a unique opportunity to network and pitch ideas to the potential future (leading international) collaborators.