The international conference and signature event for DesignMarch festival.
DesignTalks illustrates the spectrum of design and architecture, its relevance, power and potential in society, today – and tomorrow. How design and architecture can be the driving force for change and development. Different themes characterize the program each year.
DesignTalks has been the signature event for DesignMarch since 2099 and has, the last few years, taken place in front of a full house in Silfurberg in Harpa. DesignTalks aims to inspire designers and architects, community influencers, business, government and the public to collaborate and evolve.
A full day full of inspiration where international designers, architects and other creative thinkers come together. Harpa is one of Reykjavík’s most famous landmarks and the building won the Mies van der Rohe award.
Since 2009, speakers have included Bjarke Ingels, Katharine Hamnett, Winy Maas, Snøhetta’s Kristian Edwards, Henrik Vibskov, Google Creative Lab’s Robert Wang, Studio Swine, Calvin Klein, Daisy Ginsberg, Jonathan Barnbrook, Eley Kishimoto, Jessica Walsh, IDEO’s Paul Bennett, Ilkka Supponen, Marti Guixé, Jersey Seymour, Dezeen’s Marcus Fairs, Anthony Dunne of Dunne & Raby, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Marije Vogelzang, architect Anders Lendager, Aamu Song og Johan Olin from Company, Liam Young and many more.
DesignTalks is produced by Iceland Design and Architecture.
For the first time in 2022, the DesignTalks conference was broadcasted live in collaboration with Dezeen and Business Iceland. Watch streaming here.
DesignTalks through the years