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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
Friday 17 April
VDF x Forward Festival
Monday 20 April
VDF x MAAT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
VDF x reSITE
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
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.
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
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
Friday 8 May
11:00am VDF x Iris van Herpen
Saturday 9 May
VDF x Schloss Hollenegg
Update: due to technical issues the live stream didn’t work so will be rescheduled.
Monday 11 May
12:00pm VDF x Archigram
2:00pm Screentime: Stefan Behnisch
Tuesday 12 May
10:00am VDF x Friedman Benda
12:00pm VDF x Archigram
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
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.
VDF x CAMP
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.
2:00pm Screentime: Harriet Harriss
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
Wednesday 20 May
VDF x Stockholm Design Week
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 Austrianfashion.net, 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 x AHEAD
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.