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ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23, 2020 - November 26, 2021
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series. Website

WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

THE BIOMIMICRY GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE

September 1, 2020 - September 1, 2021
United States
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge calls for design concepts addressing any issue(s) outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that the SDGs are vast and expand across many subject areas, but this diversity means there are also just as many solutions out there waiting to be discovered. Successful teams will define a concrete, well researched area of focus for their design efforts and apply the core concepts and methods of biomimicry in developing a solution. We are especially interested in projects that go beyond familiar approaches by identifying unique leverage points for change, removing barriers to the adoption and spread of existing solutions, and/or clearly demonstrating how biomimicry can lead to new, novel, or more effective solutions. Website
Category: Challenge

“HEART OF CYBERPUNK” 360° VR TOUR

October 26, 2020 - August 30, 2023
Hong Kong, China
#ddHK had worked with 10 local fashion and accessories designer units and many other creatives to use materials sourced in Sham Shui Po to create “Heart of Cyberpunk – Immersive Fashion Experience”. Inspired by the history of garment and electronic retail industry in the district, the exhibition pulled together fashion and multidisciplinary designs and arts to put on stage a genre-defying immersive fashion experience in 2020, the Year of Cyberpunk. Riding on cyberpunk culture which is inspired by the streetscape of Hong Kong, in particular Sham Shui Po, the exhibition created an original Sci-fi adventure story that envisaged the mystery of future human sustainable development to link up all elements. The main base of “Heart of Cyberpunk” and Cyborg Transformation Factory has now gone virtual and are just one click away, don’t miss it!  Website WDO Member: HKDC
Category: Design week, Exhibition, Festival

LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION

February 1 - December 15
London, United Kingdom
Since starting out in 2006, the London International Creative Competition has been recognizing and rewarding the world’s most fresh and progressive creative talents. Our artists and designers are connected not by conventions, but by qualities. They work across a diverse range of formats, genres and industries, creating stunning and essential works of art in their respective fields. We’re not looking for anything done by-the-book. We’re looking for work that is as visual as it is vital. Website
Category: Awards

LIT LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS

February 9 - October 17
Selected by our jury of designers and leaders in the lighting, interior design, and architectural fields, the annual winners will receive the LIT trophy, extensive publicity showcasing their designs and products to an international audience, and more. Website
Category: Awards

SIT FURNITURE DESIGN AWARD

March 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022
SIT Furniture Design Award ™ was created as a way to celebrate and share the remarkable work of furniture designers and those who use furniture in their projects. Creativity, innovative vision, and accessibility in the furniture design community deserve to be applauded and shared widely, across the world. Website
Category: Awards

BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN DE SAINT-ÉTIENNE

April 28 - August 22
Saint-Etienne, France
The twelfth edition of Biennale Internationale Design de Saint-Étienne explores the theme of bifurcation through six physical exhibitions. Bifurcating is defined by the event as "exploring other ways of doing things, other possibilities, collectively, soberly, whilst respecting life and lives and adapting to different contexts." The Biennale is also hosting Pedagogies, an exhibition that is co-curated by students and teachers of the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design. It shows alternatives ways to develop individual and collective capacities for action.

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Category: Biennial

TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

May 10 - August 10
Taipei, Taiwan
Over the years, Taipei City Government has been devoted to shaping Taipei into a city with design visions and has been continuously conveying to those with a passion for design and creativeness the urban branding of “Design Taipei; Dream Taipei.” Taipei City Government extends its invitation to designers from all over the world to join. . Website

WDO Member: China Productivity Center
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

May 31 - November 15
The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote exceptional design visionaries and discover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design worldwide. The Farmani Group founded the IDA as the design sibling of the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography. Website
Category: Awards

RAUMPLUS SPACE PLUS MAKE LIFE EXCITING SYSTEM FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION

June 3 - August 3
Shanghai, China
The competition is jointly initiated by the European high-end home customization brand raumplus and the international design competition platform Young Bird Plan. By making systematic product design for three types of home living spaces (bedroom, living room, study), the competition aims to break the inherent lifestyle, add highlights to daily life, and enrich the furniture product system, so as to activate various spaces in the family, create more life possibilities, and enhance happiness in ordinary life, simultaneously passing the brand core concept —— "Make Life Exciting”. Website
Category: Competition

EXPODISEÑO DIGITAL / UNIVERSIDAD ANÁHUAC MÉXICO

June 10 - December 31
Mexico City, Mexico
Find out ExpoDiseño Digital of Universidad Anáhuac México, an exhibition that exposes the best projects presented by students of its four programs: Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia Design and Fashion Design.   Website WDO Member: Universidad Anáhuac México
Category: Exhibition

DFA AWARDS EXHIBITION AT TOKYO | DESIGN STEERS・RESHAPE FUTURE

July 14 - August 5
Hong Kong, China
Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, the DFA Awards still seizes every chance to showcase outstanding designs to the world, and to explore how design thinking can create a better future for Asia and humanity. Themed “Design Steers・Reshape Future”, the first overseas DFA Awards Exhibition in 2021 will be held at GOOD DESIGN Marunouchi in Tokyo, featuring more than 150 selected awardee portfolios and winning projects of the DFA Awards in 2019 & 2020. See you in Tokyo!   Website

WDO Member: HKDC
Category: Awards, Exhibition

WOMEN IN DESIGN DEEP DIVE 2021

July 28 - July 29
United States
IDSA’s Women in Design Deep Dive is a virtual gathering built to recognize the unique talents, initiatives, and challenges of women in the industrial design industry. Designers and creatives of all genders are invited to learn from inspiring leaders in the field and generate meaningful solutions for inclusivity and gender parity in the workplace. Join in from wherever you are in the world for four hours each day on July 28 and 29. Access to the recordings is also provided exclusively to ticket holders. Website WDO Member: IDSA
Category: Conference

SALONE DEL MOBILE

September 5 - September 10
Milano, Italy
The Salone is as a laboratory for experimentation and cross-pollution, a place for interface and new opportunities for reflection on the world of design and designing. A showcase that has always mixed business with culture, shaping the history of design and furnishing yesterday, today and tomorrow. A global platform for truly top-notch products with the emphasis on innovation. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is split into three style categories: Classic, which draws on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects in the classic style; Design, products that speak of functionality, innovation and boast a great sense of style and xLux, the section devoted to timeless luxury re-read in a contemporary key. A range of goods that combines quality and technology, shaped by the creativity of the leading sectoral companies, practised at developing their businesses by investing each year in innovative products and home furnishing solutions.

Website
Category: Design week

FRANCE DESIGN WEEK 2021

September 7 - September 28
Paris, France
France Design Week is an event aiming to give visibility to the diversity and vitality of French design practices. France Design Week participants are committed through their initiatives to value innovation and know-how through design – a vehicle for economic, social, cultural and environmental development – and to make this approach as universal as possible.

Website
Category: Design week

HEBEI INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL DESIGN WEEK (HIDW)

September 9 - September 15
Xiongan, China
With the theme of “Interconnectedness: Design to Rekindle the World”, the fourth Hebei International Industrial Design Week (hereinafter referred to as HIDW IV) will be held in Xiongan New Area, Hebei from September 9 to 15, 2021. It is hosted by the People’s Government of Hebei Province and organized by Industry and Information Technology Department of Hebei Province & Management Committee of Xiongan New Area & Hebei Industrial Design Innovation Center. Collaborating with British industrial design master Michael Young, HIDW IV will explore the new paths of urban industrial intelligence and sustainable development together with global design forces.

Website

WDO Member: Hebei Industrial Design Innovation Center (HIDC)
Category: Design week

VALENCIAN DESIGN (2009-2019) PRODUCTS FOR A GLOBAL WORLD

September 18, 2021 - January 31, 2022
Valencia, Spain
This exhibition proposes a route through Valencian design product from 2009 to date, focusing on a careful selection of some 170 pieces that analyse the complexity and the experimental and innovative value of this field of design. The fact that the exhibition is held at the IVAM Alcoi pays a tribute to this city which was one of the focal points of the industrial revolution in Spain at the end of the 19th century, and to the inland regions of Alicante where a great tradition of productive industries continues to thrive. In this respect, the exhibition is oriented towards product design in its widest sense, ranging from objects that configure spaces on an individual level to those that enable us to spend time in public places, through the objects that enable us to meet, work or wait away from home.

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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

INNOVATION SUMMIT 2021

September 21 - September 23
Cape Town, South Africa
The theme for this year 'Expanding Horizons' will be a deep dive into the start-up landscape in Africa. With 2020 having been a highly disruptive year for African technology and innovation, they will explore the biggest challenges, trends and opportunities within Africa and how the renewed urgency for accelerated innovation and economic transformation is impacting the role of innovation, start-ups and investments within that. Website
Category: Conference

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE 2021

September 22 - September 23
United States
IDSA’s International Design Conference & Education Symposium is a global virtual design event unlike any other. Experience 24 hours of uninterrupted design from around the world, mingling with other designers and learning from top visionaries at global innovation hubs. This thrilling event features an expansive collection of presentations, breakout sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and more, with the goals of providing inspiration, challenging assumptions, and advancing the conversation about what design can contribute to the world's future. Join in from wherever you are! Access to the recordings is also provided exclusively to ticket holders.

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WDO Member: IDSA
Category: Conference

CORONA-CRISIS AND CULTURE: PROPOSALS BY VALENCIAN CREATORS

September 29 - December 29
Valencia, Spain
‘Coronacrisis and culture: Proposals by Valencian creators’ is an exhibition project organised and produced by the Vice-rectorate of Culture and Sport of the University of Valencia, with the cooperation of the Directorate General for Heritage and Culture of the Valencian Government and the Department of Culture of the Local Authority of Valencia and it is curated by the Valencian designer Marisa Gallén, winner of a National Design Award in 2019.

Website
Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital
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