Again this autumn, Austria’s largest design festival will be focussing on current issues that are central to design – and during the 13th Vienna Design Week from 27 September to 6 October 2019, Vienna will once again become the “City Full of Design”. In this festival, design is conceived of as an elementary part of our everyday lives, and as a multifaceted, profoundly effective tool for society. Exhibitions, product presentations, workshops, participatory projects, talks, and tours throughout the city will provide visitors with startling insights into current approaches from the fields of architecture, graphic design, product and furniture design, industrial design and social design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between design and business, on promoting experimental approaches, and on the merging of various disciplines. This year’s guest of honour is Finland. As in past years, projects realised in collaboration between designers and Viennese craftsmen will be curated and presented as the “Passionswege”. This year Vienna’s densely populated ninth district, Alsergrund, with its diverse atmosphere and historically significant locations alongside new urban developments, has been selected as the focal point. Yet again, this year’s Vienna Design Week aspires to open up new spaces, take over public space, open doors and rediscover traditional firms.