Festival Highlight

Michael Christiansen

Get inspired on what to experience during 3daysofdesign 2024.

Festival Highlight

Michael Christiansen

Get inspired on what to experience during 3daysofdesign 2024.

Meet Michael Christiansen, founder of Design Matters, an educational company organizing international conferences about design - with a focus on digital design. Design Matters started in Copenhagen in 2014 and has been taking place every year since then, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event has expanded its
community globally over the years, hosting conferences in Tokyo since 2020, in Mexico city since 2023, and countless events online.

In 2023, Design Matters opened its doors in a new continent, with a conference in Lagos. But Design Matters is much more than just conferences: it’s an international community of creatives, a platform to share ideas and experiences, and an opportunity to connect with talent worldwide. In fact, you can connect with the community at their events, or by reading their online magazine, DeMagSign, or by listening to their podcast, Design Tracks.

Here are Michael Christiansen’s recommendations to explore during 3daysofdesign 2024:

“I find it very exciting that the 3daysofdesign experience is centered around craftsmanship, sustainability, and innovation, since it’s something that we put a lot of
attention on at our Design Matters events. So, it’s interesting to see that the worlds of physical and digital design converge and come together when it comes to relevant
topics where designers from all over the world can make a difference.

There are three events specifically I’m looking forward to attending. One is the workshop “AI in Design and Architecture – How does the future look?” by NORDFY - learning about the ways in which AI is revolutionizing design processes is key these days to understand how to stay relevant as designers and how the boundaries of creativity can be bent and pushed. Another is Emily Johnson’s talk, “Contemporary Ceramics - The Art of Collaboration”, since I’m always interested in learning about new ways of collaborating, and I love making ceramics in my spare time! The last one is the talk “From Tradition to Transformation - Craft's Role in Circular Economy Design” by the Danish Design Council. Craftsmanship is something that is often overlooked, as we live in a society where digitalization is taking over and evolving so quickly.

However, we mustn’t forget that traditional craftsmanship is an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration; there is so much we can learn from it when it comes to circularity and sustainable ways to craft products."

Sustainable Design Effort
At 3daysofdesign, our commitment extends beyond showcasing the latest trends in interior design and furniture. We strive to facilitate meaningful discussions, debate, and actively contribute to pushing forward a more sustainable approach within the realm of interior design and furniture business. Join us in our mission to inspire positive change and promote a greener, more responsible future for the industry.

Events mentioned in this article

12 Jun
AI in Design and architecture – How does the future look?
Are you wondering how AI is revolutionizing the design process? Discover firsthand its power to expand the imaginative capabilities of architects and designers, pushing the boundaries of creativity. Join NORDFY in integrating design technology into the design process with live demonstrations on stage. Experience the future of design—don’t miss it!
12 Jun
From Tradition to Transformation
Join Danish Design Council for an inspiring journey 'From Tradition to Transformation: Craft's Role in Circular Economy Design.' We'll explore how traditional craftsmanship intertwines with modern design practices to shape a more responsible future, with a special focus on materials. We'll delve into how craft and material sensibility can drive circular economy principles Panel: Bonnie Hvillum Ditte Lysgaard Vind Thomas Lykke Arranged by: The Design Council and Lifestyle & Design Cluster

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Since its inception in 2013, Signe Byrdal Terenziani has facilitated the growth of the design community in her role as Managing Director. It all began as a small design event held in an old warehouse in Nordhavn, a harbour area overlooking Copenhagen’s waterfront. Four Danish brands launched the event as a joint initiative: Montana, Erik Jørgensen (now owned by Fredericia Furniture), Anker & Co, and Kvadrat. At that time, Copenhagen lacked a proper design festival, since the previous annual furniture fair at Bella Center closed down some years before.

Today, the 3daysofdesign festival extends to the entire city of Copenhagen and is considered the most significant annual design festival in Scandinavia.

Each year since its inception, 3daysofdesign has grown in popularity exponentially. In 2023, over 250 brands exhibited at the festival, where visitors could choose from as many as 500 events to attend in various design districts across Copenhagen, such as design talks, networking events, etc.

3daysofdesign takes place every year in Copenhagen mainly during the second week of June from Wednesday to Friday. In 2025 the festival will be held from 4 - 6 June.

Pack your bags, book a hotel and come to Copenhagen! 3daysofdesign is open to the general public and everyone is invited to visit the showrooms, exhibitions, workshops and design talks. All events are free of charge – however this his year we're using a new QR ticket system to make your experience smoother and more enjoyable. Simply download our app and register as a visitor to gain access to all the exhibition spaces and events.

Please check the programme, which is updated on an ongoing basis, at 3daysofdesign.dk

You can look forward to seeing cutting-edge concepts from new and established names in lifestyle, design, furniture and interior design. Get a preview of new product launches. Learn about upcoming trends on the horizon. Meet the players behind forward-thinking ideas worth knowing. And network with like-minded people with a passion for design.

It's easy to get around in Copenhagen.

Rent a bike, jump on the bus or metro, catch a boat or simply walk from venue to venue. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the architecture, restaurants, cafes, shops and Copenhagen's relaxed vibe by day and vibrant night life.

Absolutely! Don't forget to download our app on your Android or iPhone. It provides a comprehensive view of all the festival events, including a complete list of exhibitions along with their locations on our interactive 3daysofdesign map. Plus, we're excited to introduce a new QR ticket system this year for easy access to everything the festival has to offer.

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