September Design Events 2018 |
The September Design Events You Need to Schedule Now

The September Design Events You Need to Schedule Now

Getting ready for September's design fairs

Written by –
Jess Ng
on July 25th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Although some may argue that summer has barely begun, those in the design world are already looking forward to the cooler, crisper months of fall. Specifically, it’s September — A.K.A. the month where the design event calendar starts back up again with aplomb— that has us giddy with excitement. From London to Paris, Beijing and Vienna, September promises to serve up an international design event feast.


Want to sign up for the ride? Well get your diaries at the ready, as I’m rounding up the full list of events right here, right now. Keep reading for more.

Helsinki Design Week, September 6 – 16

Helsinki, Finland

Calling all fans of Nordic design, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival across all the Nordic countries. It’s a must visit if you love all things Scandi!

September Design Events: Helsinki Design Week |
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Held annually in September ever since its founding in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is a multidisciplinary festival which presents design from the fields of fashion, architecture and urban culture. The festival takes place in a variety of locations throughout the city, including museums, markets, seminar halls and secret shops. What a fantastic way to get in some sight seeing to boot!


Head HERE to learn more about Helsinki Design Week.

Paris Design Week, September 6 – 15

Paris, France

This year’s Paris Design Week will encompass the eagerly anticipated part deux of the popular Maison & Objet trade fair. Expect dazzling showcases from the world’s very best up and coming designers, in addition to insightful talks and mesmerizing city-wide installations.

September Design Events: Paris Design Week and Maison & Objet |
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If you’re interested in Japanese design, make it a point to follow the Japonismes program. The highlight of this itinerary is without a doubt the unveiling of a brand new Eiffel Tower lighting design created by mother-and-daughter lighting duo, Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii. Perfect ‘gram material!


To learn more about Paris Design Week, click HERE.

London Design Fair, September 20 – 23

London, United Kingdom

Part of the wider London Design Festival, the London Design Fair is a four day industry event that brings together over 500 exhibitors from 36 different countries.

September Design Events: London Design Fair |
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Though further details are yet to be confirmed, I hope the fair once again showcases a guest country pavilion. 2016 saw Indian designers in the spotlight, whilst last year the focus was on the US. And whilst all sectors of the design industry are well represented here, I especially encourage you to look out for the smaller artisan craft exhibitions! This is without doubt where the London Design Fair really excels.


Read up on the highlights of last year’s London Design Fair HERE. And head HERE to find out more about this year’s event.

Istanbul Design Biennial, September 22 – November 4

Istanbul, Turkey

The fourth iteration of the Istanbul Design Biennial is poised to take place across the fall months, beginning in September.

September Design Events: Istanbul Design Biennial |
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This event is particularly suited to those who like to think a little more philosophically about design. 2018’s theme for instance, ‘A School of Schools’, intends to explore and debate the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond. Overall, this is a great event for those looking to embrace design beyond aesthetics.


Discover more about the Istanbul Design Biennial HERE.

Vienna Design Week, September 28 – Oct 7

Vienna, Austria

As if Vienna wasn’t beautiful enough as it is, Vienna Design Week amplifies this tenfold by turning the whole city into a showroom for design.

September Design Events: Vienna Design Week |
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Curated by author and journalist Lilli Hollein, Vienna Design Week is Austria’s biggest design festival. Every year, the event highlights a ‘focus district’ of the city, inviting the public to discover a Vienna they have never experienced before. It’s safe to say that Vienna Design Week is as much an eye-opening cultural experience as it is a mecca for design.


Click HERE for more information about Vienna Design Week.

Beijing Design Week, Late September

Beijing, China

The final design event of the month takes us to China. Look forward to a range of exhibitions and installations hidden in traditional hutongs and urban industrial warehouses across the capital.

September Design Events: Beijing Design Week |
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Though further details are yet to be released, we do know that Beijing is teaming up with Copenhagen to deliver an exciting cross-cultural affair. All in all, expect an all-inclusive event which celebrates the lifestyle and culture of both the East and West.


Keep an eye on all the latest Beijing Design Week news HERE.

Which design event are you most looking forward to?


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