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DesignTalks is a day filled with design-centred inspirational talks.

Speakers include: Paul Bennett of IDEO, Alexander Taylor, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Christien Meindertsma and Michèle Degen.

DesignTalks is produced by Iceland Design Centre with support from the City of Reykjavik and Arion bank.

We feel it's time to explore our relationship with nature — with each other - and ourselves. We set out to investigate 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.

Design Diplomacy

This new addition to the DesignMarch programme takes you to the diplomatic circles. In this concept, designed by Helsinki Design Week and first launched in 2016, we invite you to the diplomats’ residences for a series of design-centred discussions. 

With Design Diplomacy you get a chance to enter normally unexplored terrains. Ambassadors open the door to their manors, where they hold discussion events.  Rather than this being usual moderated panel talks, in this series of events, designer from the hosting country meets an Icelandic designer for a game of question cards. Specially designed deck of cards is used to moderate and spark the discussion. Topics reflect upon design as an intercultural exchange. 

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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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