France Design Week is an event label that aims to give visibility to the diversity and vitality of French design practices, in a common and shared time sequence.
France Design Week is an event label that aims to give visibility to the diversity and vitality of French design practices, in a common and shared time sequence.
France Design Week brings together the French design world in an international, annual and global event. Its objective is to promote design and the expertise of its designers to professionals and to raise awareness of its practice among the general public, by highlighting all fields of design. Professionals, the general public and design enthusiasts discover in the French regions, or abroad, and in different formats – exhibitions, conferences, visits to design studios, school open houses, workshops, etc. – the proposals of the actors of design, in a unit of time favourable to their influence and their resonance, at the local, national and international levels. Find a rich and varied program during two to three weeks each year in September, for an innovative, creative, dynamic and festive start to the new year under the emblem of design !
The creation of France Design Week is one of the recommendations presented to the Ministers of Economy and Finance and Culture as part of the Assises du design, which were held in December 2019 and resulted, thanks to the mobilization of design actors, in a roadmap for the creation of a national design policy. The APCI – Agency for Design Promotion – wanted to continue its work on the theme of « Valuing Design » by coordinating the very first edition of France Design Week, which took place from September 1 to 15, 2020. At the beginning of 2020, the association brought together design promotion structures from each French region to form a committee to co-create France Design Week.
France Design Week demonstrates the willingness of all participants to co-construct a real national dynamic around French design and its promotion. The context of COVID-19, in which France Design Week was born, has reinforced this desire for mutualization and sharing between the event’s organizers, to promote all forms of design in our country. The geographical distance accentuated the need to establish the proximity of common ideas, even stronger in the current circumstances to federate around this great gathering and thus raise awareness among all audiences. Lonsdale‘s identity visually consolidates this design family with a minimalist, timeless and universal logo, which can be adapted to each participant’s communication and at the same time unite under a meaningful F sign.
The events are for everyone. They are opportunities to ask questions, to live an experience and to meet. They form an essential base for the promotion of design, by associating at the national (or even international) level local operations intended to highlight all forms of design in all territories. The challenge of this event is to coordinate and bring together multiple actors (associations promoting design, schools, design agencies, companies, institutions…) in a given time, leaving them free to organize the events they want (nature, duration, target audience, etc.) according to their financial, human and logistical means. Contributors to France Design Week are therefore responsible for the project they submit, independently and autonomously, for its organization and its smooth running.
Through their initiatives, France Design Week participants are committed to promoting innovation and know-how through design – a vector for economic, social, cultural and environmental development – and to making this approach known to as many people as possible.
Find out more about the commitments of France Design Week and its contributors in the charters.
France Design Week is organized by a committee composed of some thirty design experts from all over France and coordinated by the APCI. Representing their region and bringing together the design ecosystem in their territory, the committee members are active on a daily basis to highlight the interest of design and its added value.
Knowing better than anyone else the field in which they operate, they are privileged interlocutors for France Design Week participants, in order to propose a synchronized local program.
Becoming a partner of France Desgin Week means supporting French design, joining a community of design actors and benefiting from visibility on a regional, national and even international scale. You want to be part of the adventure as an official partner of this new design promotion event? The France Design Week organizing committee is at your disposal to implement a personalized partnership strategy to meet your objectives.
Created in 1983 at the initiative of the Ministries of Industry and Culture, the APCI is the main association for the promotion of design in France, recognized as being of general interest.
Its objective is to promote the transformative power of design in all its dimensions, whether systemic (strategies, organizations, management) or experiential (services, spaces, interfaces, objects), to all audiences, and in particular to companies.
It participates in the international influence of French design, contributes to the definition and management of a national design policy, and supports and animates a network of regional players by organizing events such as France Design Week and creating a network of Design Labs. Its members and partners include companies, agencies, SMEs, startups, designers, schools and students.
Created in 1997, 14 Septembre is an independent agency specialized in strategy and creation of influence. We work with our clients on BtoB and BtoC issues that affect uses and lifestyles: design, architecture, distribution and trade shows, innovation, changes in the city, habitats, gastronomy, tourism and services.
The teams work on 2 complementary areas of expertise: influence (PR, Social Media, network and prescription) and content creation (branding, art direction, visual and editorial identity, events, etc.). This combination makes 14 Septembre one of the leading agencies in positive influence.
To meet the expectations of its clients, the agency has developed its network (in-house and via partnerships) with nearly 90 collaborators in France in Paris and Lyon, and internationally in Milan, London, New York & Tokyo. Meeting other personalities, discovering new talents, looking for opportunities… The agency never stops enriching its contacts and those of its clients.
Gathering, undertaking, educating, transmitting: these are the missions of the Institut Français du Design created by Jacques Viénot in 1951.
To bring together a network of companies, designers and creative entrepreneurs in the service of a more humane society. To undertake by supporting, thanks to the Janus label, all the design approaches of designers and companies by promoting their know-how. To educate by constantly reaching out to schools and the general public, and by involving them in major initiatives such as the Exploreoutsidethebox photography contest, now in its fifth year! Passing on the knowledge so that French design continues to live and shine, notably through the launch of the Conservatoire du Design et de la Marque.
France Design Education is an association of design schools whose purpose is to promote design and applied arts as training, creation, innovation and research activities.
Its originality – and its strength – is that it brings together institutions with different structures and supervisory bodies (Ministry of National Education, Culture, Economy and Finance, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, private).
French community gathering designers with multiple profiles and specialties to exchange, communicate, share, federate, meet, … around Design. The group wants to be deeply collaborative and community in a spirit of exchange, openness, sharing.
It is the relay of design and its many actors through various initiatives such as the launch of calls for creation, the weekly organization of Besign, the creation of a media giving voice to designers, the promotion of projects on Instagram, etc.
Anchored in the Saint-Etienne metropolis, the Cité du design fulfills three complementary missions:
Designers+ is an association of design professionals, all specializations and associated professions (architects, ergonomists, design offices, etc.). Created in Saint-Etienne in 2007, the association covers the whole of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region and has about a hundred members. The mission of this structure is to network, professionalize and support the design industry.
LYON DESIGN is an association whose main objective is the promotion of urban design and its assets in the transformation of cities. The association organizes the occasional LYON C!TY Demain events, real experiences to be lived that value the actors of the territory in the making of the city and confront their ideas to the user. From observation to in situ experimentation, LYON DESIGN’s mission is to give meaning to public space and re-enchant the city of tomorrow.
ARCADE Design à la campagne® is developing a project to promote contemporary design and crafts. Located in the heart of Burgundy-Franche-Comté, in a 17th and 18th century historical monument castle, ARCADE claims, in rural areas, access to a quality culture under the slogan Design à la campagne®.
Each year, its action is articulated around themes aiming at raising the public’s awareness of their daily environments and exploring environmental and social issues related to production and consumption. Exhibitions, designers’ residencies, conferences, educational workshops, training, meetings, etc. punctuate the project.
L’eclozr, located in Rennes, is a third place dedicated to innovation for companies. Created at the initiative of 4 entrepreneurs of the sector, the company has the ambition to become a major actor of the design in Brittany, by putting its expertise at the disposal of SMEs and ETIs.
Innovation through design and digital is its raison d’être, which is why the structure carries and hosts the Design Lab Bretagne.
Located in the SENSORY DESIGN CENTER in Tours, the Valesens association allows the diffusion of sensory innovation on the metropolitan, regional, national and international territories.
As the driving force behind a dynamic ecosystem of companies and organizations, Valesens develops and encourages experimentation and creates encounters between creators, companies, students, inventors, craftsmen, industrialists, designers and local authorities around sensory design and technologies.
Territoires Design is an association for the promotion, development and training of design in Corsica. It works to make the professions known, to federate the actors, to structure the sectors and to introduce the design as a lever of economic development. Several poles: The country of the Design workshops for children, the conferences of the Design and the workshops of discoveries. The association works in partnership with SupDesign, the design school of Corsica and the SupDesign Agency.
ACCRO is a creative economy operator based in Strasbourg, jointly created by the Eurometropole of Strasbourg and the University of Strasbourg in 2014. ACCRO’s mission is to promote and support entrepreneurship and creative projects led by individuals, companies and organizations from all sectors of activity. This mission is broken down into 3 strategic areas:
IDeE is a non-profit association created in 2007 and committed to the promotion of design. Its goal is to promote the design approach in companies. It initiates collaborations between craftsmen, industrialists and designers in the form of working groups in order to enhance the know-how of these companies and to preserve the craft and industrial heritage thanks to the design approach.
Attached to the sectors in mutation or in difficulty, it aims at proposing innovations carried – as a non-exhaustive title – on the processes, the transfers of technologies or on reorientations in terms of markets which will give a new visibility to the company.
Lille-design is a platform for economic development through design for companies, local authorities, and any other public or private structure, individual or collective, wishing to develop with the design approach.
Among its priority objectives are to develop design practices within companies, to support designers in the metropolis and the region in the development of their activities, to put into practice experiments in social innovation through design and finally, to place design at the heart of the development of our cities.
The Bureau du Design, de la Mode et des Métiers d’Art implements the City of Paris’ policy in favor of the creative professions. Created in 2006, the Bureau du Design, de la Mode et des Métiers d’Art supports fashion, design and art professions in the many stages of development of their activity thanks to various mechanisms such as an incubator or training in management, marketing strategy and communication for all professionals in the Ile-de-France region.
It also organizes the « Prix de Perfectionnement aux métiers d’art » and the « Grands Prix de la Création ». In order to fulfill its mission of animation and support to the sector, the Bureau du Design, de la Mode et des Métiers d’Art works in close collaboration with associations and schools of applied arts, and participate in all major events of the sector.
Created in 2011 by the trade show MAISON&OBJET, Paris Design Week celebrates in 2020 its tenth edition. With no less than 200 participating venues (showrooms, boutiques, galleries, museums, institutions…) Paris Design Week unfolds in 3 key districts of the capital: Opéra / Concorde / Etoile, Les Halles / Marais / Bastille, and Saint Germain des Prés.
Every year in September, for 10 days, it offers professionals and design enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and discover new things through 9 thematic routes and a program of conferences.
Designir is a training and resource center dedicated to design and responsible innovation based in Deauville, Normandy. The project of this new school aims to transmit and develop the skills necessary to create a desirable future and offers both initial training, professional training, conferences and workshops open to the public. Designir promotes design and responsible innovation in Normandy.
Designir is very involved in the problems and issues of the Normandy region: tourism, eco-innovation in food and agriculture, health and aging, digital…
The Agence de Développement et d’Innovation (ADI) Nouvelle -Aquitaine is at the service of the companies and territories of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It intervenes in four different fields:
Support for the transformation of companies.
The Federation of Designers in New Aquitaine (FDNA), is an association under the French Law of 1901 created in 2009. It was born out of the desire of designers, men and women, employees, freelancers or company managers based in the Aquitaine region (now New Aquitaine), to come together to communicate and defend a practice that is often misunderstood or idealized at the expense of a better economic and societal impact of design in the region.
The FDNA wishes to go beyond the borders of New Aquitaine in order to carry the voice of design even further and stronger.
Design Occitanie is the actor of design promotion in the Occitanie region. This association has for vocation to be the pole of action and communication of the design in Occitania. For that, we put online a directory referencing designers, schools and facilitating meetings with companies and communities. A strong and dynamic network in all sectors of activity that also allows us to organize all types of events such as France Design Week.
Advanced Design is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by a small group of students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Initially created as a space for students to come together and improve their skills (visualization, sketching, etc.), Advanced design has since grown into a multidisciplinary organization of professionals and students operating internationally – in the US (Chicago, Milwaukee & Madison, New York, San Francisco, Kalamazoo) and in France in Nantes – to develop design education resources, in addition to serving as a platform for the design community.
A partner of the Nantes – Saint Nazaire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, founded in 1988, member of the Conférence des grandes écoles and associated with the University of Nantes, the Nantes Atlantique School of Design trains students for all design professions. It delivers a Diploma of Design (Bac+5) approved by the Minister of Higher Education and the National Diploma of Arts and Design (DN MADE, Bac+3, grade of license) by the school and in alternation.
International, the school is located in Pune (India), Shanghai (China), São Paulo (Brazil), Montreal (Canada) and in Cotonou (Benin) with Africa Design School. As a research and innovation center, the school has created 4 Design Labs: Care Design (health & environmental and social quality of life), Food Design (new food practices), Human Machine Design (digital innovation) and City Design (transition to a sustainable city).
Samoa, a local public company, is invested with the dual mission of urban developer of the island of Nantes and economic developer of the cultural and creative sectors on a regional scale.
Its multidisciplinary team works daily with residents, economic players, institutions and all those who make the city to design, develop, activate and reveal the territory. To do this, Samoa questions existing models and experiments with new ways of making the city and its uses. With agility and in a spirit of collaboration, it imagines sustainable and innovative projects, serving all users. A unique territorial development model, which testifies to its uniqueness.
As a meeting point for designers, Marseille Design Méditerranée wishes to bring together the energies that are already present but sometimes dispersed, and thus create new dynamics to ensure the promotion and development of local design in all its diversity.
By encouraging synergies between all the players, whether cultural, economic, industrial, institutional or from the educational system, MDM aims to contribute to the growth of the region and its attractiveness, and to act as a link between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
The Culture & Heritage Cluster is a structure dedicated to the promotion and economic development of the actors of the creative, cultural and heritage industries. Today, this dynamic network brings together about a hundred players. Its members are specialized in the promotion and preservation, transmission and dissemination of heritage and culture: built and cultural heritage, management of environmental heritage and landscapes, image, multimedia, shows and events.
The Pole deploys a program of actions around and for this network: advice, support, promotion, training, animation, inter-company meetings. It mobilizes resources to lead collective and collaborative projects, strengthen the competitiveness of its members and support the development of the region.