Virtual Design Festival schedule

Virtual Design Festival schedule

Here is the schedule of the programme of talks, interviews, movies and collaborations that have been confirmed for Virtual Design Festival so far.

We’ll be adding more events and more details as they are finalised, so keep checking back on this page. Top image: Rosey Chan, who will perform live at VDF on 15 May.

Jump to what’s happening this week from 1-5 June >

See also the VDF weekly previews for up-to-date overviews of what’s coming up, plus the VDF weekly highlights posts looking back on what happened over the past seven days.

All times are UK times.


Virtual Design Festival is the world’s first online design festival. Produced by Dezeen and running from 15 April to 30 June, it features a rolling schedule of interviews, movies, product launches, live streams and collaborations. To join the VDF mailing list or to find out more, contact Press information can be found here.

Wednesday 15 April

12:00 launch movie

To launch Virtual Design Festival, we invited over 35 architects and designers from around the world to send self-recorded video messages for us to share with the world. We’ve edited these to a soundtrack by Los Angeles songwriter and musician Beatie Wolfe. The movie features creatives including Es Devlin, Ini Archibong, Kelly Hoppen, Fabio Novembre, Yves Behar, Ron Arad and more.

14:00 live Li Edelkoort interview

We go live to Cape Town, where Li Edelkoort is in “self-imposed auto-quarantine”. In a live interview, the trend forecaster will share her latest thoughts on coronavirus following her interview with Dezeen last month, which has become Dezeen’s most-read story of all time with 500,000 page views.

Watch the live interview | Read her “hope” manifesto, launched exclusively on VDF

Thursday 16 April

03:00 PechaKucha INSPIRE the World

We’ve teamed up with PechaKucha, the Tokyo-based rapid-fire presentation format, to live stream its first-ever virtual global event. Speakers around the world including Yves Behar and Cameron Sinclair will each show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, with PechaKucha founders Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein hosting from Tokyo.

Watch the live stream | See the live interview

Friday 17 April

VDF x Forward Festival

Vienna’s Forward Festival will showcase five of its most-popular lectures, featuring creatives including German typographer Erik Spiekermann, Stockholm studio Snask and MoMA curator Paola Antonelli.

Watch the talks: Paola Antonelli | Erik Spiekermann | Freitag’s Pascal DulexSarah Illenberger | Snask

Monday 20 April


Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) takes over VDF for the day, presenting three exclusive videos about the Beeline installation by SO-IL and the accompanying exhibition Currents – Temporary Architectures by SO-IL, plus a live interview with SO-IL founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu.

11:00am Exclusive video about SO-IL’s Beeline installation
1:00pm Premiere of SO-IL documentary
2:00pm Live interview with SO-IL
4:00pm Video about SO-IL’s Currents exhibition

Tuesday 21 April

VDF x Zoomed In

We team up with new architecture photography festival Zoomed In for a series of talks and screenings celebrating architecture’s image-makers.

11:00am Photographing infrastructure panel discussion
2:00pm Talk about the human landscape in architecture
5:00pm Panel discussion on images and the media
7:00pm Screening by View Pictures

Wednesday 22 April

VDF x The World Around x Earth Day

The World Around curates a celebration of Earth Day on Dezeen. The World Around founder Beatrice Galilee will host a series of interviews with architects and visionaries working on environmental issues around the world.

1:00pm Live interview with The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee
2:00pm Broadcast of part one of the symposium, titled Rethink
4:00pm Broadcast of part two of the symposium, titled Reimagine
6:00pm Design Earth interview by Carson Chan
7:00pm Earth Day illustrations by Mona Chalabi
8:00pm Broadcast of part three of the symposium, titled Recreate
9:30pm Premiere of The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 short film

Watch all the talks here.

Thursday 23 April

VDF x Ron Arad

Ron Arad will present a digital version of an exhibition called Don’t F**k With The Mouse that was due to be held at OTI gallery in Los Angeles, but which has been cancelled due to coronavirus. Arad will speak live with Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs at 2:00pm.

11:00am Premiere of Arad’s short movie about DFWTM
2:00pm Live interview

VDF x Terreform One

In a live discussion taking place at 5:00pm, Mitch Joachim of non-profit architect Terreform One brings together authors Eran Chen of ODA, Julia Watson and Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky to discuss their new books and how they address sustainability in a post-covid world.

5:00pm Live discussion and book launch

Friday 24 April

VDF x Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe, who has been described as a “musical weirdo and visionary,” shares her music and artworks with VDF, and will conduct a live interview and performance.

11:00am Online premiere of Orange Juice for the Ears documentary
1:00pm Exclusive preview of Red to Green, an environmental protest piece
3:00pm Essay on the power of music
5:00pm Live interview and performance

Monday 27 April


Prague-based conference reSITE, a non-profit organisation acting to improve the urban environment, will curate an exclusive selection of lectures from the reSITE 2019 REGENERATE conference.

11:00am Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba
1:00pm Marianthi Tatari of UNStudio
3:00pm Chris Precht of architect Precht
5:00pm Bianca Wylie of Tech Reset Canada
7:00pm Development in China discussion

Tuesday 28 April

VDF Screentime architecture interviews

A series of 20 live Screentime interviews with leading architects around the world kicks off today in partnership with Enscape, the real-time rendering and virtual reality plugin for architectural visualisation.

Screentime: Chris Precht

Today’s inaugural interview features environmental architect Chris Precht of Austrian studio Precht.

VDF products fair

Our products platform launches with the first batch of new releases from brands and designers.

Wednesday 29 April

VDF x Ventura Projects

Today VDF teams up with Ventura Projects, a design platform based in Utrecht and Milan.

The collaboration includes a live panel discussion with Swiss filmmaker Georg Lendorff, Dutch designer Nienke Hoogvliet and Japanese designer Ryo Tada about the challenges designers are facing in these current times.

It also features three online exhibitions presenting the work of over international designers, academies and brands, including the exhibitions Channelling Change and Hello Humanity.

10:ooam: 67 Designers virtual exhibition
11:00am: Hello Humanity: Dutch Design for a Holistic World exhibition
12:00pm: Channelling Change: Inside A Designer’s Brain exhibition
2:00pm: Facing the Future live panel discussion

Thursday 30 April

VDF x Fritz Hansen

VDF has teamed up with Fritz Hansen to celebrate the centenary of the birth of influential Italian designer Vico Magistretti.

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs interviews the Danish furniture brand’s head of design Christian Andresen about has Magistretti’s Vico Duo chair, which has been reissued.

Plus the brand has launched three new products on the VDF products fair.

Screentime: Dong-Ping Wong 

Marcus Fairs interviews Dong-Ping Wong, architect and founding director of New York-based Food New York, for our Screentime series in partnership with Enscape.

VDF x Dezeen Day

A chance to experience the best of the inaugural Dezeen Day, six months after the architecture and design conference took place in London. The entire day will be streamed, including keynotes by Paola Antonelli, Liam Young and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Friday 1 May

VDF x Gary Hustwit

VDF teams up with filmmaker Gary Hustwit, director of Helvetica and other design-focused movies, for a live interview, exclusive photos from his archive plus a free screening of his feature film about Dieter Rams.

The interview will be followed by an exclusive free screening of his feature film Rams. The documentary features legendary designer Dieter Rams, whose work at Braun and Vitsoe left an indelible mark on the world of product design, but who now regrets being a designer.

As part of VDF, Rams is available to view free until 12:00am on Sunday 3 May.

Screentime: Alison Brooks

Marcus Fairs interviews British architect Alison Brooks, founder of Alison Brooks Architects and the only British architect to have won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the RIBA Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Part of our Screentime series in partnership with Enscape.

Monday 4 May

VDF x Dezeen Awards

With the entry deadline for Dezeen Awards less than 30 days away, we’ve brought together eight judges and winners to discuss their work and the role of awards in architecture and design for a virtual drop-in with Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

1:00pm Nelly Ben Hayoun
1:10pm Studio Drift
1:30pm Arthur Mamou-Mani
1:50pm Sarah Izod
2:10pm Adam Nathaniel Furman
2:25pm Sevil Peach
2:40pm Victoriya Yakusha
2:50pm Talenia Phua Gajardo

4pm Screentime: Carlo Ratti

Marcus Fairs interviews Italian architect Carlo Ratti, founder of Carlo Ratti Associati, which works in everything from furniture to urban planning. The architect recently designed a shipping-container intensive care unit together with Italo Rota. This interview is part of our Screentime series in partnership with Enscape.

Tuesday 5 May

11:00am VDF x Friedman Benda

Today we launch a collaboration with the New York City gallery, sharing one video per week from its Design in Dialogue series of conversations with designers hosted by curator and historian Glenn Adamson. The first is an interview with pioneering architect James Wise.

2:00pm Screentime: Space Popular

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg of multidisciplinary design and research practice Space Popular will join Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs for a live conversation as part of our Screentime series in partnership with Enscape.

5:00pm VDF x Studio Drift

Virtual Design Festival teams up with Studio Drift to live stream a secret performance, which will be announced on the day. Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak to Studio Drift co-founders Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta in a live interview at 5:00pm. The performance will be streamed from 9:00pm.

Wednesday 6 May

VDF x Iris van Herpen

11:00am Dezeen will launch an exclusive series of video interviews with the Dutch fashion designer.

5:00pm Screentime: Jimenez Lai

Bureau Spectacular’s Jimenez Lai is today’s Screentime interviewee and will be live from Los Angeles at 5pm for a conversation with Marcus Fairs sponsored by Enscape.

Thursday 7 May

Maurizio Stochetto, owner of the design world’s favourite bar, shares his Bar Basso cocktail recipes and tell the history of the legendary Milanese institution.

11:00am VDF x Iris van Herpen

The second video of our exclusive series with Iris van Herpen launches.

Friday 8 May

11:00am VDF x Iris van Herpen

Premiere of the third exclusive video interview with Iris van Herpen.

Saturday 9 May

VDF x Schloss Hollenegg

Dezeen collaborates with Schloss Hollenegg in Austria for a virtual tour of the castle and its Walden exhibition with curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein.

Update: due to technical issues the live stream didn’t work so will be rescheduled.

Monday 11 May

12:00pm VDF x Archigram

Dezeen will launch an exclusive series of video interviews with architects Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton, former members of the influential architecture collective.

2:00pm Screentime: Stefan Behnisch

Today’s interview for VDF’s Screentime series in partnership with Enscape is with Stefan Behnisch of German studio Behnisch Architekten.

Tuesday 12 May

10:00am VDF x Friedman Benda

The second video from Virtual Design Festival’s collaboration with Friedman Benda, featuring designer Faye Toogood, launches. This is part of the gallery’s Design in Dialogue series.

12:00pm VDF x Archigram

Former Archigram members Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton discuss the avante-garde collective’s influential Plug-In City project in the second video interview in our exclusive series.

5:00pm Screentime: Virginia San Fratello

Architect Virginia San Fratello of studio Rael San Fratello is in conversation with Marcus Fairs for this episode of our Screentime series, in partnership with Enscape.

Wednesday 13 May

VDF x Architects not Architecture

Virtual Design Festival will show three videos from Architects not Architecture, featuring well-known architects talking about their paths, their influences and experiences.

12:00pm VDF x Archigram

Former Archigram member Peter Cook discusses the avante-garde collective’s Instant City project in the third video interview in our exclusive series.

3:30pm Screentime: Ben van Berkel

Wednesday’s Screentime series in partnership with Enscape features Ben van Berkel, founder of Dutch architecture firm UNStudio.

Thursday 14 May

12:00pm VDF x Archigram

Former Archigram member Dennis Crompton discusses the project the influential architecture collective almost built in Monte Carlo, until it was scuppered by the financial crash in the 1970s, in the final instalment of our exclusive video interview series.

5:00pm Screentime: Standard Architecture

Standard Architecture founders Silvia Kuhle and Jeffrey Allsbrook join Virtual Design Festival live from Los Angeles for this Screentime conversation in partnership with Enscape.

Friday 15 May

VDF x Rosey Chan

VDF teams up with musician Rosey Chan (pictured top) for a live interview and an exclusive performance of two improvised piano pieces, plus share some of her music-based collaborations with designers.

10:00am Premiere of the film Water Dancer, part of a series of newly created metaphysical representations of human movement created by artist Eyal Gever, Rosey Chan and contemporary dancer and choreographer Sharon Eyal.

12:00pm Screening of Parametricism, a short film combining parametric imagery by architect Patrik Schumacher with original music by Rosey Chan.

2:00pm Showcase of the performance created for the vernissage of Hybridae by designers Fredrikson Stallard.

5:00pm Live interview and performance from Rosey Chan.

Monday 18 May


Virtual Design Festival teams up with CAMP, Prague’s centre for architecture and urban planning, on a day of talks from its Urban Talks series, beginning with a brand new lecture from Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

10:00am Kengo Kuma live from Japan
1:00pm Snøhetta
3:00pm COBE
5:00pm Interboro

2:00pm Screentime: Harriet Harriss

Harriet Harriss, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York, joins us for today’s Screentime conversation in partnership with Enscape.

Tuesday 19 May

9:00am VDF x Friedman Benda

Designer Ron Arad features in the next of New York gallery Friedman Benda’s Design in Dialogue interviews that we are publishing as part of VDF.

12:00 VDF x Sight Unseen

New York design magazine and platform Sight Unseen will present work from its stable of designers from 12:00pm. Sight Unseen co-founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer will join Dezeen editor Marcus Fairs for a live interview at 4:00pm.

2:00pm Screentime: Dara Huang

Architect and founder of Design Haus Liberty Dara Huang features in our next live architecture Screentime interview sponsored by Enscape.

Wednesday 20 May

VDF x Stockholm Design Week

This celebration of Scandinavian design is being programmed by Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

8:00am Design Relay 

Eight Scandinavian and Scandinavia-based designers, producers and architects come together for a roundtable discussion on Covid-19 and its effects on our industry.

11:00am Exclusive tour of AI exhibition Hyper Human with Monica Förster

Designer Monica Förster takes us on a tour of the exhibition at the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, for which she created the spatial design.

2:30pm Formex Nova nominees

Stockholm Design Week and VDF present the five young designers nominated for this year’s Formex Nova prize.

3:30pm Live foraging tour

Chef, author, forager and biohacker Sami Tallberg takes VDF viewers on a wild foraging tour in the forest surrounding his house in Finland.

5:00pm Stockholm Design Events

A closer look at the design events taking place in Stockholm and a chat with Björn Florman from the Materials Library.

6:00pm Live DJ set from DirtyTwo

An exclusive coronavirus lockdown living room DJ set, from the Swedish house music DJ duo DirtyTwo.

2:00pm Screentime: Marjan van Aubel

Today, we start a new series of live Screentime interviews featuring innovative European designers, which is sponsored by Philips TV and Sound. Award-winning solar designer Marjan van Aubel features in the first instalment.

Thursday 21 May

2:00pm Screentime: Eric Höweler

Höweler + Yoon co-founder Eric Höweler features in today’s architecture Screentime interview sponsored by Enscape.

Friday 22 May

2:00pm Screentime: Adam Nathaniel Furman

London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman features in the second instalment of our Screentime design series profiling leading designers sponsored by Philips TV and Sound.

Tuesday 26 May

8:00am VDF x Friedman Benda

Designer Stephen Burks features in the next of New York gallery Friedman Benda’s Design in Dialogue interviews that we are publishing as part of VDF.

4:00pm VDF x Mark & Stephenson

Today marks the start of Virtual Design Festival’s collaboration with film-makers Laura Mark and Jim Stephenson, who will be showing three of their films as part of VDF. We will be premiering the never-before-seen film titled Zaha Hadid: Words by Eva Jiřičná today at 4:00pm. The short film Walmer Yard: Architecture for the Senses and the first episode of their Practice series of documentaries will be screened later in the week.

Wednesday 27 May

2:00pm VDF x Therme Art

Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and Mikolaj Sekutowicz of Therme Art moderate a live talk exploring the relationship between art and architecture as part of Therme Art’s Wellbeing Culture Forum. The panel will include architects Stefano Boeri, Frida Escobedo, Junya Ishigami and Sumayya Vally of Counterspace, alongside artist Torkwase Dyson.

5:00pm Screentime: Kulapat Yantrasat

Architect Kulapat Yantrasat of wHY Architecture is known for his work on contemporary art galleries and museums in the US. Today he joins us for an episode of our Screentime series sponsored by Enscape.

Thursday 28 May

11:00am Scavolini introduces BoxLife

Rainlight founder Yorgo Lykouria explains how a new modular furniture system called BoxLife allows users to organise their living spaces, in a video produced by Dezeen for Scavolini.

4:00pm Screentime: Shahar Livne

This episode of our Screentime design series sponsored by Philips TV and Sound features conceptual material designer Shahar Livne, speaking live from Eindhoven.

Friday 29 May

VDF x Tom Dixon

British designer Tom Dixon will launch a new lighting product developed in collaboration with Prolicht, including a live interview with Dixon.

2:30pm Screentime: Annabelle Selldorf

German-born architect Annabelle Selldorf, founder of Selldorf Architects, is today’s guest in our Screentime series sponsored by Enscape. She will discuss her work in this interview, screened live from New York.

Monday 1 June

VDF x ArkDes

For this daylong takeover, Virtual Design festival will showcase a 360° virtual vernissage from ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, as well as a live interview with ArkDes director Kieran Long, an interview with artist Linda Tegg, and more.

11.00am Virtual 360° vernissage of Kiruna Forever 

A virtual visit that lets you explore the latest exhibition at ArkDes, with over a hundred works by architects, city planners and artists, before it opens on June 2.

12.00pm Kiruna Forever 

Take a closer look at the project behind Kiruna Forever – how do you move an entire city?

1:00pm Interview: Linda Tegg

An interview with Australian artist Linda Tegg, whose Infield project has changed the entrance of ArkDes from asphalt car park to a meadowland.

3.00pm Virtual vernissage: WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD

Take the opportunity to see ArkDes’ new exhibition about ASMR, featuring global ASMR artists as well as commercial pieces and works from TV artist Bob Ross, from your own home.

4.00pm Interview with Kieran Long

ArkDes’ director Kieran Long in conversation with Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, live from Stockholm.

2:00pm Screentime: Theodora Alfredsdottir

Icelandic product designer Theodora Alfredsdottir joins Marcus Fairs for a presentation and conversation about her work in this Screentime design episode sponsored by Philips TV and Sound.

Tuesday 2 June

VDF x Grohe

Today’s Virtual Design Festival is a collaboration with our headline sponsor, bathroom and kitchen manufacturer Grohe. Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will discuss upcoming industry trends with Paul Flowers, the chief design officer of Lixil, and Grohe will present its touchless and 3D printed collections and their relevance to health and wellbeing.

Wednesday 3 June

VDF x Braun

German brand Braun presents two talks on the theme “Times of change and good design” as part of today’s VDF line-up.

The first talk features industrial designer Benjamin Wilson and philosopher, writer and curator Dr. Peter Kapos, followed by a second talk with designer Ilse Crawford. Both talks will be moderated by Marcus Fairs.

Thursday 4 June

VDF x Alcova

VDF teams up with Milanese design platform Alcova on Thursday 4 June to present the work of 10 designers, studios and brands from its stable.

2:00pm Screentime: Patternity

Anna Murray of London design studio and creative organisation Patternity, which aims to share the positive power of patterns with the world, is today’s interviewee for our Screentime design series sponsored by Philips TV and Sound.

Friday 5 June

VDF x Austrian Fashion

Today’s collaboration with, the platform for Austrian contemporary fashion design, will showcase the work of 15 designers working in fields ranging from jewellery to footwear and fashion.

3:00pm Screentime: Farshid Moussavi

Iranian-born British architect Farshid Moussavi will discuss her work, which includes cultural centres, retail spaces, apartment blocks, museums and more, with Marcus Fairs as part of our Screentime series sponsored by Enscape.

Monday 8 June

2:00pm Screentime: Ini Archibong

Today’s guest on VDF’s Screentime design series, sponsored by Philips TV and Sound, is Ini Archibong. The Swiss-based designer will talk about his work, which he describes as creating “emotional things with a function.”

Tuesday 9 June

VDF x Philips TV & Sound

Marcus Fairs will be in conversation with Rod White, chief designer of Philips TV & Sound, about the brand’s current projects and an exciting new design collaboration.

Wednesday 10 June


VDF will live stream hospitality awards programme AHEAD‘s ceremony announcing the winners of the 2020 AHEAD Americas awards, which will be followed by a series of exclusive interviews with some of the winners.

8:00pm AHEAD Americas awards ceremony

Fornasetti live interview

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak with Italian design house Fornasetti‘s Barnaba Fornasetti, son of the founder and head of the company, live from Italy.

2:00pm Screentime: Teresa van Dongen

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen joins us for today’s Screentime design discussion. The Amsterdam-based designer is fascinated by nature and science, and has used microorganisms to create electricity and living organisms to power an LED light. Sponsored by Philips TV and Sound.

Friday 12 June

VDF x Yuri Suzuki

Virtual Design Festival teams up with sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki for a live interview and performance.

2:00pm Screentime: Partisans

Canadian architecture studio Partisans, which specialises in the integration of design and technology, speaks to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs in this Screentime interview sponsored by Enscape. Join in to watch from 2pm.

Monday 15 June

Screentime: Micha Weidmann

Graphic designer and the man behind Dezeen’s design Micha Weidmann joins Marcus Fairs in a live conversation today.

Tuesday 16 June

Screentime: Lee Broom

British designer Lee Broom is today’s Screentime guest and will be discussing his work and designs.

Friday 19 June

VDF x What Design Can Do

Today, we present a collaboration between the Virtual Design Festival and Amsterdam-based design platform What Design Can Do.

Tuesday 23 June

VDF  x Design Museum

Design Museum‘s Virtual Design Festival takeover will showcase a live programme of events from the London institution’s designers in residence Màle Uribe Forés, Stiliyana Minkovska, Marta Giralt and Robert Johnson.

Thursday 25 June

VDF x MPavilion

Australia’s MPavilion joins VDF today to present a series of interviews with the seven architects who have been commissioned to create the annual pavilions in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, including Amanda Levete, Rem Koolhaas and Carme Pinós.

Monday 29 June

Sports Day with Nelly Ben Hayoun

Designer and amateur boxer Nelly Ben Hayoun brings together a collection of designers and sports personalities to discuss how sport informs new practices in design and the wider society.