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Seven architecture and design events in May from Dezeen Events Guide

Stockholm Creative Edition, Clerkenwell Design Week and Venice Architecture Biennale are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this month.

Among the other events taking place in May are design festivals Melbourne Design Week, NYCxDesign, London Craft Week and DesignMarch.

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DesignMarch opens in 2023 with the DesignTalks conference

3 to 7 May, Iceland

DesignMarch is the largest design festival in Iceland, taking place in the capital city of Reykjavík.

The festival launches on 3 May 2023 with a conference called DesignTalks, followed by more than 200 exhibitions, open studios, tours, presentations and networking parties over four days.

Despite previously taking place in March, the festival now runs every year in May, following the success of hosting the event in warmer weather.

Dezeen is a media partner of DesignMarch 2023. Dezeen Editor Tom Ravenscroft is cohosting the conference and moderating talks, and Dezeen will livestream the event.

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The SEEDS Gallery showcases an exhibition during London Craft Week 2023

London Craft Week
8 to 14 May, UK

London Craft Week aims to celebrate artisanal skills with a programme of 400 events, including exhibitions, workshops, talks, open houses, product launches, tours and fairs.

The festival presents more than 700 designers, makers and brands across studios, stores, museums, galleries and pop-up venues.

London Craft Week launched eight years ago, spotlighting multiple design disciplines, such as furniture, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, art, sculptures and 3D printing.

Dezeen is a media partner for London Craft Week 2023.

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Weaved painting by Athena Anastasiou at the UniX Gallery in New York City

18 to 25 May, USA

NYCxDesign hosts its 11th edition in 2023, launching with an opening party at the Spiral building in New York City.

The festival includes exhibitions, talks, open studios, product launches and tours, as well as the LightFair trade show and an awards ceremony.

The festival launched in 2013, exploring architecture, graphic, product and interior design and technology.

Dezeen Events Guide is launching a NYCxDesign guide, which will highlight the key events at the festival. Find out how to get your event listed in the guide here.

Melbourne Design Week
18 to 28 May, Australia

2023 marks Melbourne Design Week's seventh festival, hosting more than 300 events over 11 days.

The event hosts exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and product launches, as well as the Melbourne Art Book Fair and the Melbourne Design Fair.

Each year the festival follows themes of Transparency, Currency and Legacy, which focuses on showcasing the design process and exploring social, environmental and political currency.

Venice Architecture Biennale
20 May to 26 November, Italy

Each year in May, Venice hosts the the Architecture Biennale curated by Scottish-Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko, who has set the theme named Laboratory of the Future.

The event showcases exhibitions addressing themes of Food, Agriculture and Climate Change, Gender and Geography, Mnemonic and Guests from the Future.

The Architecture Biennale runs alongside the Venice Design Biennial, which returns from 19 May to 18 June for its fourth edition.

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Clerkenwell Design Week hosts 200 exhibitors and 130 open showrooms

Clerkenwell Design Week
23 to 25 May, London

Clerkenwell Design Week is a festival exploring furniture, product design, textiles, lighting, accessories and surfaces in the EC1 area of London.

The events include more than 130 open showrooms, three talks programmes, installations, brand pop-ups and the CDW Party.

The festival expects to welcome 35,000 visitors across its 10 venues in London, and hosts more than 200 exhibitors.

Dezeen is a media partner for Clerkenwell Design Week 2023.

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Stockholm Creative Edition 2023 follows the theme Hey Future!

Stockholm Creative Edition
24 to 27 May, Sweden

Design festival Stockholm Creative Edition hosts its third edition in May 2023, with product launches, exhibitions and open showrooms.

The festival celebrates furniture, lighting and crafts across Sweden's capital city, this year following the theme Hey Future!, which explores ambition in the design industry.

Dezeen is a media partner for Stockholm Creative Edition 2023.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events taking place across the world each year.

The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as up-to-date information about what events have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inclusion in the guide is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen's discretion. Organisers can get enhanced or premium listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

In addition, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].