Romanian Design Week – What’s in Store?



I am excited about the next edition of the Romanian Design Week that will take place in Bucharest between 15-24 May.  This year, its main exhibition space is at the National Museum of Art of Romania (MNaR).




The design week’s theme is CHANGE – “rethinking the role of design in a changing world.”  It has four sub-themes:

  • EXPERIMENT – focusing on experimental and conceptual design
  • NATURAL RESOURCES – an exploration of relationships between prime materials, senses and old sustainable manufacturing methods
  • REDESIGNING CRAFTS -reintegration of traditional crafts and their sustainable methods or concepts in contemporary design
  • PLACEMAKING – opening a dialogue about improving the everyday living experience, looking at architecture and urbanism.

All four sub-themes will work with cross-cutting topics such as sustainability and recycling.




The festival’s programme includes not just the main exhibition but also offers many other events and supporting exhibitions. They are all integrated into several categories:

  • PROFESSIONALS – a series of events and seminars aiming to bring together Romanian professionals and international guests from across design, fashion and architecture sectors.
  • YOUNG SHOWCASE – a platform exhibiting young fashion designers who participated at the national Diploma 2019 exhibition.
  • DESIGN FLAGS – a showcase of selected works from international design exhibitions and exhibitions documenting the evolution of design from different cultural and national perspectives. I will cover this section in greater detail in one of my next posts.
  • KIDS LOVE DESIGN – design focused on kids but also featuring a space and workshops for them.
  • DESIGN MARKET – carefully curated marketplace where visitors can buy local design.
  • DESIGN GO! – a format that connects all supporting events associated with the design week, featuring a network of design places in Bucharest.


What else?

Art galleries, design studios, workshops, showrooms and cafes have been invited in an open call to submit proposals for supporting events that will celebrate design and its value in today’s culture and economy.


In addition, as a result of this year’s partnership with MNaR, The Institute, an RDW’s organizer,  launched a competition “MNaR Inspire.”  Romanian designers, graphic designers, illustrators, architects and artists have been invited to present ideas about how best to promote the museum’s heritage   through contemporary design. They were asked to design objects that could be used as the museum’s or objects that are inspired by artworks from the museum’s permanent collections.


Romanian Design Week is organised by The Institute.

Attila Kim architects will design the main exhibition area and Radu Manelici from Faber Studio has developed this year’s graphic design concept.


Image: The Institute – RDW2019