Design is the art of creating and developing products, services and solutions which are simpler, more interesting, sustainable, securer, better-looking or more convenient to use than before. Therefore, the public as well as private sector are horizontally connected with the field of design. At the state level mostly through the:

  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications – design and entrepreneurship, the economic dimension of design
  • Ministry of Culture – design as creation, the cultural dimension of design.

The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design is a centre that collects, preserves and presents domestic design and applied art and is open to the public. The museum organises local and international exhibitions and introduces the complex nature of design and applied art through a variety of events. The establishment was opened in 1980 in Tallinn Old Town as a museum focused on unique pieces. The areas of interest of the museum have extended over its 15 years of existence, so it now also focuses on design with the aim of opening and interpreting the domestic environment of objects.

Design is a bridge between creativity and innovation, but how exactly does design create value? The Estonian Design Centre’s in-service trainings, master classes, training programmes, contact events, think tanks, seminars and workshops help you closer to the answer. The Design Centre helps to promote good design at Estonian Design Awards, design markets, the design blog and on the design map (free mobile app D-kaart). The centre conducts surveys on how to value design more in the society.

Designers and design agencies offering services have been united into an Estonian design agency network and a web-based database. The Design Centre’s collaboration partners include, in addition to designers and entrepreneurs, the public sector, policymakers and anyone who wants to further Estonian design. The Design Centre is a specialist development centre established in 2008 by the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn University of Technology, the Estonian Association of Architects and the Estonian Design Institute.

In 2010, the Estonian Association of Designers established the Estonian Design House that introduces Estonian author design. The association helps designers take part in fairs and other major international projects. In cooperation with partners, the association organises an annual design festival Design Night.

Last amended: 10-03-2016 00:00 | Compiled by: Ministry of Culture