This autumn, the Design Night is held for the tenth time already and this time it introduces the ideas behind future design and meditates on the changes that cause shifts in the field of design. Although officially the festival runs from 17-20 September, some events are held earlier and several exhibitions are open until the end of the month. The Design Night offers events for both specialists as well as enthusiasts, you can get to know professional Estonian design in its rapidly developing versatility, but also see some selected picks of design from abroad. has compiled a list of ten recommendations to make it easier to navigate among all the seminars, workshops, exhibitions, fashion shows and other events.
Documentary: Alles Moet Nieuw – Piet Zwart
Kumu Auditorium, 16.09. at 18:00
A fascinating documentary about Piet Zwart (1885-1977), an idiosyncratic and stubborn designer, who lived for innovation and prepared the way for the international success that is now known as Dutch Design. The film is also screened at the Tallinn Creative Hub on 19 and 20 September at 13.00.
Film premiere: Out of Fashion
Tallinn Creative Hub, 16.09. at 19:00
Almost at the same time as the previous film, the documentary film Out of Fashion is screened. It follows Reet Aus’ journey from Tallinn, through the catwalks of Europe and the cotton plantations of South America, and right into the epicentre of mass production in Bangladesh. The film is also screened at the Tallinn Creative Hub on 20 September at 15.00.
Seminar Future Design. Design Future.
Tallinn Creative Hub, 17.09. at 10:00
This year’s theme is design’s future and future design with speakers from both Estonia and abroad. The keynote speaker Charles Landry, the author of the concept of Creative Cities (UK), introduces the developments of future cities.
The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards exhibition (UK)
Tallinn Creative Hub, opens 17.09. at 17:00
The Design Effectiveness Awards were established in 1989 to recognise the best design that has had a tangible and measurable effect on business. The recipients of the award prove that design is an economic force and a source of global influence.

HELIODESIGN design exhibitions
Former Helios Cinema, 17.09. at 20:00
The former cinema Helios is full of local and foreign design during the Tallinn Design Festival. Local design schools and designers but also exhibitions from Sweden, Portugal and Israel are presented. There is also a pop-up shop offering Estonian design and a café is open on the opening night.
Lecture: Me, Designer. Me, Architect.
Tallinn Creative Hub, 18.09. at 14:30
The Estonian Association of Designers in cooperation with the Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organising a talk session to go behind the scenes of the creative process. Designers Monika Järg, Andres Labi, Tarmo Luisk, Kairi Kuuskor, Markus Marks and Maile Grünberg and architects Silver Liiberg and Mari Rass will share their experiences.

Exhibition Project Living Room 
Design and Architecture Gallery, opens 18.09. at 18:00
The exhibition includes a number of everyday objects from our living space made by Estonian designers. The exhibition also functions as an educational space where you can discuss design issues and analyse objects right next to them, as if in a stylised living space.
Design Excursion
Tallinn Creative Hub, 19.09. at 12:00
The guided tour will take participants to creative businesses to have a closer look at the design process and meet the people who create the products that make our everyday life better or more comfortable.
Fundraising Design Auction
Tallinn Creative Hub, 19.09. at 20:00
The event offers design enthusiasts and collectors a chance to buy unique items with a story to tell. The money raised at the auction will be given to a charity fund that supports Estonian design students’ studies abroad.

Internation exhibition New Nordic Fashion Illustration II
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, open until 27.09.
The last recommendation is for those who have been preparing the whole summer to visit the Internation exhibition New Nordic Fashion Illustration II .It is worth a visit in the bustle of the Design Night, because it will close before the end of the month. The Museum of Applied Art and Design is aslo showing an exhibition of bookbindings by Lennart Mänd.