Celebrating 10 years

DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival. The festival’s tenth edition will take place 15.-18. March 2018, transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design.

The programme for the upcoming festival will be announced in February 2018. Until then, check out what went on in the last edition. 

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From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. DesignMarch hosts an expected 100 or so events and exhibitions organized by around 400 designers and architects.  


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DesignTalks is the opening seminar of DesignMarch. It's a day filled with inspirational talks by leading international design creatives on the relevance and impact of design. DesignTalks will take place for the ninth time on 15. March 2018 at Harpa, Music and Conference Centre. 

The next edition’s theme and speakers line up will be announced early 2018. You can buy your ticket here!


Design Diplomacy

Discussion events like no other. In this concept, designed by Helsinki Design Week and first launched in 2016, ambassadors open the door to their residences and invite us for design-centered talks followed by a canape party.

Design Diplomacy is not your regular moderated panel talk. In this series of events, designer from the hosting country meets an Icelandic designer for a game of question cards. Specially devised deck of cards is used to moderate and spark the discussion. Topics reflect upon design, but not only. Playful questions challenge both the speakers and the audience.

The full programme for Design Diplomacy 2018 will be announced soon. Until then you might want to see the speakers that have already been confirmed for the event. 

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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.  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 festival’s days so there's enough time left to explore the remaining program too. 

For Icelandic designers, DesignMatch gives a unique opportunity to network and pitch ideas to the potential future (leading international) collaborators.

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