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Design objects in an exhibition
© Styling: Tero Kuitunen, Image: Maija Astikainen, Vienna Design Week

Vienna Design Week

Vienna Design Week turns the city into an annual design hotspot - this year for the thirteenth time. In collaboration with Vienna’s museums, product manufacturers and designers from all over the world, the festival offers a variety of opportunities to learn more about the topic of design, with over 100 events, exhibitions, installations, tours, workshops, and plenty of parties.

Here come the Finns!

This year's guest country, Finland, will be represented throughout Vienna Design Week and shows that Finnish design is more than Marimekko, Alvar Aalto and Iittala. Eleven designers from Finland present their works in the exhibition "Wild at Heart" curated by the designer Tero Kuitunen.

An important location for this year's festival is the 9th district, where the festival headquarters are also located in the Althan Quarter. In addition to the information point and pop-up café, there are numerous exhibitions, talks and workshops to visit. The building above Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof train station itself tells an architectural story: it was developed in 1978 by a community of architects led by Kurt Hlawenicka and Karl Schwanzer. The currently empty building is one of the biggest urban development projects within the Gürtel.

Handicraft in focus

The “Passionswege” are the heart of Vienna Design Week: Six selected designers from Austria and abroad are invited to experimentally and playfully collaborate with Viennese handicraft businesses. The results of this collaboration can be seen on a tour of the businesses. Thus local production sites (especially in the focus district) are rediscovered and show a surprising side of Vienna. This year the glassware specialist Lobmeyr is among the exhibitors. Other thematic focal points this year are Urban Food & Design and Game Design.

Vienna Design Week

September 27 - October 6, 2019

Detailed program available at

Althan Quartier Festival headquarters of the Vienna Design Week above the Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof train station

Julius-Tandler-Platz 3, 1090 Wien
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Video on design and shopping in Vienna – including an interview with Lilli Hollein, founder and curator of Vienna Design Week

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