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Mesec oblikovanja
Dunajska cesta 20, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 431 2222
Fax386 (0) 1 431 3174
Organised byZavod Big - Creative Industries of SE Europe
 Hiše Magazine
Festival dates20.10.2015 - 20.11.2015
19.10.2016 - 19.11.2016
17.10.2017 - 17.11.2017
16.10.2018 - 23.11.2018
15.10.2019 - 22.11.2019
Zmago Novak, Managing Director
Ivan Ferjančič, Editorial Director
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The Month of Design is an annual event held in the city of Ljubljana every autumn for the whole month from October till November. Organised since 2003 by Zavod Big and Hiše Magazine this internationally acclaimed festival of product design, architecture, and fashion is a joint between successful companies and their design strategies, designers and developers with a business vision, and brand experts, who know how to capture market imagination.

Dedicated each year to a specific topic of global relevance, the Month of Design offers a platform for creative discourse on design, an indoor and outdoor exhibition space for outstanding images, and a colourful range of events creating an inspiring atmosphere of the city. The best achievements are honoured by the National Design Awards.


In 2009 under the theme "Sustaining Design Excellence" the Month of Design consisted of more than 100 individual events, among them Conference 09, Design EXPO – Brands & Science exhibition, Design in the City, National Design Awards ceremony and Eat & Drink Design. The 2008 event was entitled "Experience". In 2007, the Month of Design found inspiration in "Mediterranean identities".

The event's official publication, the Month of Design Catalogue provides key information on domestic and international trends in product, interior, and fashion design. It features award winners, innovative designers, architects, fashion designers, and Slovene and foreign brands presented at the design conference. The Big Design Directory formed an important part of the catalogue – a database of designers and companies involved in creative industries is now available only online.


Full of outstanding events, the Month of Design has formed a frame of a fixed annual programme alongside a variety of accompanying presentations, fashion shows, and installations.

As part of the Month of Design, Zavod Big hosts its annual design conference with eminent guests – internationally active and engaged practitioners – from designers and architects to managers and consultants to planners and strategists. In 2009 invited lecturers presented their work and visions within the framework of the theme "Sustaining Design Excellence".

Design Expo brings together exhibitors from a wide, interdisciplinary array of design spheres and activities, including companies and institutions, faculties and students.

Design in the City offers an opportunity to showcase design work either through presentation or exhibition at a chosen locations in the city centre. It aims to inhabit public space with products and events, to promote quality design, and thus contribute to a creative appearance of the city.


Bestowed at the grand opening of the festival, the National Design Awards consist of Designer of the Year, Interior of the Year, Success Story, Timeless Slovenian Design, and Young Prospective Designers award.

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