Top 10 Design Weeks You Wouldn’t Want to Miss (Around Europe)

If you are studying in Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, it means that you are in the middle of Germany, so basically very close to all cities in Europe. If you are studying in a field of design, or at least interested in it, then there are plenty of design fairs that are waiting for you to visit!
They are pretty important because they set the trends for the upcoming year, and you get to see the pioneers and their new projects from first hand. They have a variation from exhibitions to installations, furniture design to object design, materials to innovations. 
Some of them announce open calls for emerging talents and students which might be a big chance for you to present your work to an international design audience. 
Here is a list of some of the leading design weeks including the closest ones with dates and locations. 

Milan Design Week — 17-22 April 2018, Milan
Well, I know that its date has passed, but it wouldn’t be a lie to say Milan Design is the most important, leading design week of all. Every year, designers and architects from all over the world gather there and showcase their brand-new projects in the glare of publicity. Everyone who is in this business knows that when the event happens, it will be the one worth to see and follow. They haven’t announced the upcoming date yet, but you can track all the updates from the link here.
Clerkenwell Design Week — 22-24 May 2018, London
Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, they have created a showcase of leading the UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations taking place across the area.
Barcelona Design Week — 5-14 June 2018, Barcelona
Conferences, exhibitions, business meetings and networking sessions take place in the Catalonian capital for this week-long event. The 13th edition will be bringing together the main players in design in order to position it as a major event in the city and consolidate it as one of the most important design events on an international level.
Birmingham Design Festival — 7-10 June 2018, Birmingham
The first Birmingham Design Festival will take place this summer, bringing a series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and screenings to various venues across the UK city. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, design student or someone who just enjoys a casual critique of the modern world, they’ll offer you the opportunity to engage with a broad range of disciplines and top practitioners from the UK and beyond.
Design Miami — 12-17 June 2018, Basel
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating a collectible design.
London Design Biennale — 4-23 September 2018, London
2018 London Design Biennale is devoted to the theme, Emotional States. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, it will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. Visitors will enjoy engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
Maison&Objet — 7-11 September 2018, Paris
Maison&Objet is the multicultural crossroads of contemporary living. Places for meetings and exchanges, their shows welcome exhibitors and visitors from around the world and showcase a high-quality international offer. Each year, it celebrates the Designers of the Year and Rising Talents. An inspired talent detector, it picks out emerging talents and celebrates the values of style. Through the lecture series on major themes explored by international experts, the fair provides a source of exclusive and forward-looking information to help understand and foresee market trends.
London Design Festival — 15-23 September 2018, London
London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans in 2003. Building on London’s existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers, and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The launch of the first Festival took place at Bloomberg on 25 March 2003, with a huge show of support from design, education, government, and London organizations.

Istanbul Design Biennial — 22 September – 04 November 2018, IstanbulTitled A School of Schools, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will stretch both the space and time of the traditional design event, manifesting as a flexible year-long programme within which to respond to global acceleration, generating alternative methodologies, outputs and forms of design and education. A School of Schools manifests as a set of dynamic learning formats encouraging creative production, sustainable collaboration, and social connection. Exploring eight themes, the learning environment is a context of empowerment, reflection, sharing and engagement, providing reflexive responses to specific situations.
Dutch Design Week — 20-28 October 2018, Eindhoven
The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors both local and international. In more than a hundred locations across the city, Dutch Design Week organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates, and festivities—concentrating on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of the design is on offer, the emphasis is on the experiment, innovation, and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent
IMM Cologne — 14-20 January 2019, Cologne
The imm Cologne’s primary focus is furniture and interior design but also showcases innovative materials and fabrics and the latest architectural lighting design technology. Along the Salone del Mobile at Milan, the imm Cologne is regarded as a leading marketplace for related industries, i.e. furniture designers, furniture companies, furniture retailers, architects and interior designers.
Yağmur Ruzgar, 2. semester Public Art and New Artistic Strategies (M.F.A.) 


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