DesignTalks is the signature event of DesignMarch, produced by the Iceland Design Centre.
DesignTalks is a day filled with inspirational talks by leading international and Icelandic designers, architects and creative thought leaders with the aim of illustrating the spectrum of design and architecture its relevance, power and potential in today’s society.
Speakers at previous DesignTalks include Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Calvin Klein, Christien Meindertsma, Dunne&Raby, Maria Lisogorskaya of Assemble, Eley Kishimoto, Ilkka Suppone, Jerszy Seymour, Jessica Walsh, Jonathan Barnbrook, karlssonwilker, Marije Vogelzang, Henrik Vibskov, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Marti Guixé, Paul Bennett of IDEO, Daisy Ginsberg, Robert Wong of Google, Siggi Eggertsson, Studio Swine, Walter Van Beirendonck and Winy Maas.
DesignTalks is curated by Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdottir, a designer and curator specialised in design for social innovation, meaningful experiences and future thinking.
The DesignTalks conference takes place at Silfurberg conference hall seating an audience of up to 800 at Harpa Music Hall and Conference Centre. Harpa is situated between the harbour and the city centre. It is one of Reykjavik’s greatest landmarks, and a Mies van der Rohe Award winner for contemporary architecture.
Celebrating 11 consequent years DesignMarch showcases the best of the fresh and exciting Icelandic design scene.
During DesignMarch you will see what is going on and meet all the local designers, plus a handful of the most interesting international names. The scene is small and intimate, so you will get up close and personal with both locals and the design superstars. The event takes place in downtown Reykjavik. For four days, the most Northerly capital in the world turns into a venue for hundreds of openings, events, exhibitions and parties.
Alongside the cream of the crop of the local design scene, design experiences, fantastic Nordic cuisine and lively nightlife, DesignMarch offers the perfect long weekend in Reykjavik.
DesignTalks speakers through the years.
Anton & Irene
Arctic Design Group
Björn & Johanna
Marjan Van Aubel
Elisa Pasqual & Marco Ferrari
Ersin Han Ersin
Azusa Murakami & Alexander Groves
Julien De Smedt
Walter Van Beirendonck
Mark Eley & Wakako Kishimoto
Koert van Mensvoort
Peter Erickson & David Carlson