european design awards festival 2022 tallinn

European Design Awards and Festival 2022 in Tallinn

Beyond Design

Author: Julia Kahl

This year’s European Design Awards and Festival took place from June 17th to 19th in one of the cosiest of nordic capitals: Tallinn. A modern city with a relaxed vibe where the historical (UNESCO world heritage site!) and cultural legacies from different eras contrast with its vibrant and creative urban environment.

Under the theme “Beyond Design,” the program included a 1-day conference, exhibitions, design walks, design talks, parties, nature walks and of course the European Design Awards ceremony.

It is not so easy to get one of the desired awards, two juries (print and digital), each consisting of 8–9 experts review all the submissions over several days to then award only a few works from a large variety with bronze, silver or gold. See a list of all winners here.

The most successful agency of the year is honored with the Agency of the Year Award. This year, the award went to Verve by Vruchtvlees. The jury prize went to Identitätsstiftung for the Courage project. Two projects also received the additional Best of Show Award, Château de Villers-Cotterêts-Cité internationale de la langue française by Chevalvert and by Redis Agency.

It’s been a while since we last attended this event, which takes place in a different European city every year. And that’s what makes this festival so special: you meet creative people from all over the world and have fun together, get to know a new city and its culture, and come back with an incredible number of impressions.

I hardly know any other event where the European idea hovers so massively over everything—and that is especially important in times of war in Europe. Demetrios Fakinos, CEO of the European Design Awards, found the right words in his speech at the ceremony. It has never been more important to stand together for peace in Europe.

We’re very much looking forward to next year, when the European Design Festival will take place in Luxembourg and encourage everyone to try your luck at the awards next year!

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