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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

“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

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

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

C-IDEA DESIGN AWARD 2021

August 19, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Melbourne, Australia
The C-IDEA Design Award is the worlds’ annual juried design competition. It aims to recognize and promote visionary talents in a wide array of categories ranging from communication design, industrial design, architecture, interior design, fashion design, and new media. A yearbook and exhibition of the nominated designs are also presented as part of the event. Website
Category: Call for proposals

2021 HUMAN CITY DESIGN AWARD – CALL FOR ENTRIES

September 1 - October 31
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
In 2018, Seoul City declared itself the “Human City Design Seoul.” The Human City Design Seoul Declaration pursues the common goal of a sustainable urban ecosystem aiming for a harmonious relationship between people and the environment. The Seoul Metropolitan Government launched the international Human City Design Award in 2019 to celebrate designers or groups that use creative design to address complex urban environment problems and therefore contribute to building a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between people and people, people and society, people and the environment, and people and nature.

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WDO Member: Seoul Design Foundation
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

GREEN PRODUCT AWARD

September 1 - November 1
Munich, Germany
Since 2013, the Green Product Award has been honouring products and services already launched onthe market that stand out in the areas of sustainability, innovation and design - the award is aimed at 'sustainable market changers' from start-ups to established companies. The submission deadline is 01 November, 2021.

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Category: Call for proposals

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.

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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

HERE WE ARE! WOMEN IN DESIGN 1900 – TODAY

September 23, 2021 - March 6, 2022
Munich, Germany
Be it in furniture design, fashion design, industrial design, or interior design, women have contributed crucially to the development of modern design, both creatively and commercially. The exhibition »Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today« explores the role of designers from the past 120 years and tells a new, many-voiced story of design against the background of the struggle for equal rights and recognition. Around eighty women in design are showcased in the exhibition, including protagonists of modernism like Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Clara Porset, and Jeanne Toussaint, business leaders like Florence Knoll and Armi Ratia, but also lesser-known figures like the social reformer Jane Addams. Contemporary positions and future outlooks are represented by such designers as Matali Crasset, Patricia Urquiola, Julia Lohmann, and the Matri-Archi(tecture) collective.

Website
Category: Exhibition

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

EXPO DUBAI 2020

October 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun. Come along, or spend a lifetime telling less interesting stories. Website
Category: Exhibition

DESIGN KOREA FESTIVAL 2021

October 6 - October 10
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The DESIGN KOREA FESTIVAL (DKfestival), a leading design exhibition/convention event in Korea, will be held in Seoul this October. The application for participating companies and designers will start from April via the DKfestival website.

Website

WDO Member: KIDP
Category: Festival

DESIGN WEEK MEXICO 2021

October 6 - October 31
Mexico City, Mexico
The thirteenth edition of Design Week Mexico (DWM), under the slogan: Design is everything, will take place from October 6 to 31 of the current year, with the activities of our traditional program and with digital initiatives that we adopt in 2020. Continuing the biannual invitation, this edition retakes as Country and State guests of honor, the United States of America and the State of Oaxaca de Juárez, having programming and initiatives since 2020 such as the scholarship program of the US Embassy in Mexico, who awarded eight scholarships to young designers in the Inédito and Vision y Tradicion 2020 programs, which supported the creation of pieces in these categories and this year will again award participants of the 2021 edition.

Website
Category: Design week

THESSALONIKI DESIGN WEEK 2021

October 13 - October 18
Thessaloniki, Greece
The unprecedented period we are experiencing, due to the pandemic, leads to the reversal of data in all aspects of everyday life, placing the existing way of life under review. Under these conditions, innovative design acquires an expanded, holistic significance, as the basic means of searching and developing new ideas and solutions in communication, work, in every aspect of our social life. Under this light, the Thessaloniki Design Week 2021 is organized with a central axis of the subject of the INNOVATION IN DESIGN Website
Category: Design week
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