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Tales of Heroes

Published in Exhibitions
13 March 2013


Tales of Heroes is a travelling exhibition which displays a collection of design products with a wink to the past, now brought into a wider cultural context: objects are framed in a dialogue with the multimedia universe of the comic strip via ten drawings by the young but already internationally famous graphic novelist Brecht Evens.

The exhibition was presented by Design Flanders in Liège, Belgium, after its first stop in Helsinki during the World Design Capital 2012 event, and will be presented at Saint-Etienne, France, during the Biennale Internationale Design 2013 from 13 until 31 March 2013.

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Cité du design seminar

Published in Conferences
20 November 2012


Medical Design, inventing care solutions for tomorrow

Cité du design, Saint-Etienne within the framework of the XXVth Entretiens Jacques Cartier

Design gives a new look on medical techniques and holds an outstanding potential of innovation. At the interaction of human being and object, design creates products and services adapted to the person, and contributes to improve the comfort of the patient’s environment. Design obviously cannot have therapeutic effects as it is generally understood, but it is a mean to make the disease less alarming ; it enables to consider new modes of care, prevention and support for the patients and their family, in particular at home. This symposium proposes to develop the issue of medical design as an innovation driver to:

• Collaborate with research, innovating in the field of medical technologies (artificial organs, implants or biomaterials, etc.);
• work on the comfort and improvement of treatments for the patients, or imagine new diagnosis and intervention devices for doctors and medical staff;
• reconsider the notion of care and invent the context of evolution for the forthcoming medical practices.


For more information about the conference, including full details of speakers, programme and registration form click here

Name: Camille Vilain
Tel: +33 (0)4 77 47 88 58
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Hands that Draw the Future: Ornamo 100 Years jubilee exhibition, 16 June – 5 August 2012

Designers have always designed the future, giving shape to something that did not exist before. Every design seeks to be a step towards a better world – happier, more beautiful, intelligent, and just. The Hands that Draw the Future exhibition tells the story of design from modernism to the future, through objects selected by designers and users. From the design objects of the past hundred years, design professionals have chosen gems of Finnish design that hold a personal meaning for them - familiar as well as unexpected objects and concepts that have revolutionised the life of designers or their way of thinking: ao. Pelago bicycles (Timo & Mikko Hyppönen), Kasaa cardboard shelf (Järvi+Ruoho), OK Do (Anni Puolakka & Jenna Sutela), Pikkujakkala stool (Pekka Harni), Savoy tableware (Karin Widnäs), Daniel Palillo, Ilona Rista, Saara Lepokorpi…

With the Hands that Draw the Future exhibition, Ornamo - the Finnish Association of Designers, celebrates its first centenary. Ornamo is the second oldest design organisation in the world, with members working in industrial, textile, fashion and furniture design, interior architecture as well as art and crafts.

The exhibition was part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
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4_HelsinkiCitiesOn 24 May 2012, the new Helsinki Music Centre hosted the Cities for All Helsinki Conference, the annual conference of EIDD – Design for All Europe, which this year took place within the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme, and attracted participants from all over Europe.


Cities for All Helsinki Conference and Exhibition 24 May 2012 

Accessibility is a matter of design. The international expert conference provides an opportunity for the distribution and dissemination of examples related to the subject, as well as high-level information. The aim of the conference is to show how the Design for All method can offer concrete solutions to global challenges, such as ageing populations and sustainable development.

The conference creates a comprehensive Design for All experience, as well as provides latest information, inspiration and enthusiasm in the fields of freedom from barriers and accessibility. The event itself forms a pilot example of a conference executed with easy access for all.

The Cities for All Helsinki conference is organised in conjunction with the General Assembly meeting of the Design for All Europe EIDD organisation. The conference will also be accompanied by an exhibition of invited designers of Finnish solutions. The exhibition is designed with a view to an international tour.

The conference is intended for construction industry professionals, municipal and private sector building contractors, city and company executives, as well as developers and students.

When: 24 May 2012
Where: Helsinki Music Centre 
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Cities for All Helsinki 2012 CALL FOR EXHIBITORS
Cities for All Helsinki Exhibition is seeking a selection of the most interesting Design for All solutions in the areas of built environment, product design and service design.

Please send your proposals no later than 30th November 2011 to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Accepted proposals to the exhibition will cost € 2000/ case.

Find proposal form from Cities for All Helsinki 2012 website:

Norway's Design Day 2012

Published in Conferences
18 April 2012


Design Day 2012

Mark the date 18th April 2012! This is when we open the doors to our national Design Day - Norway's largest network arena for the business and design community.

The Design Day is Norway's main event focusing on design in a business perspective. It will be a full day (and night) with international speakers and a highlight on Norwegian design projects receiving the Award for Design Excellence. This is The Day for inspiration, celebration and networking.

Program and registration will be published in January 2012. The event will mainly be in Norwegian, partly in English.

When: 18 April 2012
Time: 11.00am - 1am
Where: DogA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, Hausmanns gt 16 in Oslo 
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Craft in an Age of Change - February 2012

Craft in an Age of Change is a major survey of contemporary craft at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. It examines the place of craft in the creative economy and the working patterns of makers and other craft professionals.

For more details, see attached link below.

European Conference Paris

Published in Conferences
9 January 2012


APCI is organizing its 9th international conference on the challenges of design support in Europe.

Small Actions / Big Picture / Solid Change

In the light of the social and economical situation, we are building an even more exiting programme for this year.

The first day of the conference will focus on the concrete support to integrating design in SMEs. We won’t discuss the programmes, but the day to day delivery and management of design advise to businesses. How is it done, monitored, evaluated ? We aim at gathering both advisors and some businesses to discuss openly the methodologies.

As usual, the second day opens up to a bigger picture. A lot has happened recently: Fukushima, the endless meltdown of the greek economy, the Arab revolutions etc. in addition to the stronger confirmation that the global warming is not a hypothesis, but  an issue.

What all these things have in common is that they have systemic consequences: on energy management, the economy, our housing and food. There has been a time where the design profession was claiming that these systems should be looked as designed: organisation and ethics (their purpose, their governance) had to be mixed. Does the design profession has something big to claim again ? After all, isn’t design becoming a “buzzword”, used by more and more people who neither practice nor prescribe it ? But can the design discipline learn from some projects that are effective at addressing societal issues, as if they had been designed tacitly ? We will bring on the stage surprising speakers, with effective experience too share with us.

When: Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 January 2012 
Where: Auditorium, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris
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BEDA Members discount rate: BEDA Members can get a discount of 140€ off the full rate of 540€. To get your discount code please email BEDA Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BDW becomes a member of BEDA

Published in Design Weeks
7 November 2011


BDW becomes a member of Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA)

Belgrade Design Week is the first festival of this kind in the entire SEE region to acquire BEDA's membership, among more than forty design associations, regional and national design promotion centers and councils, as well as design education institutions.

Read more in their latest newsletter click here


2nd DESIRE Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design Eindhoven University of Technology, The Neterlands, October 19-21, 2011

The conference is organized by the DESIRE Network, which is an Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission, Framework 7 under Marie Curie Actions Programme. The network aims to advance the current understanding of creative design processes applied in scientific and technological problem solving.

Contact BEDA  Koloniënstraat 56, 1000 Brussels (Belgium) t. (+32) 2 217 39 77  f. (+32) 2 217 99 72
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