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In times when there are no pandemic-induced restrictions, there are usually numerous international trade fairs and events that take place at the start of the year. In 2021 there is still an entire array of international happenings, even if they have largely had to move to the online sphere. Many of these talks and debates about design confront the current challenges of the pandemic or climate change by their very nature. As of the end of February, the Madrid Design Festival willoffer digital events in a range of disciplines, including architecture, graphic design and interior design. There will be virtual interviews, meetings and live shows, a prize-giving programme and the Madrid Design Portrait, which introduces local creative talent.

The organisers at Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) spent many months exploring potential new paradigms for Norway’s leading international design fair and are now launching their new vision for Norwegian Presence 2021. It will begin on 18 February with three half-day online events to bring together the best Norwegian designers and manufacturers with leading international design thinkers. They will investigate ideas, values and aesthetic trends that are shaping the design culture in Norway and beyond. The overarching focus will be on the pursuit of a circular economy in design and on the ecological and social sustainability inherent to the Nordic design infrastructure. Additional events will be held in March and April.

Many activities will also take place online for Stockholm Design Week 2021 from 8 to 14 February. The programme for the Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks on 10 and 11 February seeks to present and analyse the latest projects, forecast trends and dig “deep into the most intriguing current debates”. The speakers will include such personalities as Vo Throng Nghia, Anders Lendager, Rossana Orlandi, Charles Renfro, Pierre Yovanovitch, Fokke Moerel, Thomas Sandell, Camilla van Deurs and Carlos Moreno.

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