Welcome to MANIFESTA

Kick off the New Year with artistic, knowledgeable, and professional inspiration accompanied by colleagues and friends of the design business.

MANIFESTA is an annual celebration, and a professional and festive conference on Danish design in the broadest sense.

Organized by a number of the key organizations in Danish design and crafts the conference MANIFESTA 2017 will address issues of importance to the design world and present leading speakers in the field of design and crafts.

Time and venue
January 19th, Charlottenborg Palce

Claim your ticket here.



We are sorry to announce that Hella Jongerius has been prevented to participate in Design Manifesta, due to serious illness in her family.

Luckily Rosan Bosch has been kind to accept our invitation to speak instead of Hella with extremely short notice, and we are looking forward to welcome her at the stage tomorrow to be interviewed by Svante Lindeburg.

In 2001 Dutch-born Rosan Bosch founded Rosan Bosch Studio, an interdisciplinary agency working in the cross-field of art, design and architecture. Bosch believes that the physical environment makes a difference to the way we act in the world and is thus using interior design as an active tool to create change.


17.00 Doors open

17.45 Welcome  /Svante Lindeburg

  Welcome /Astrid Krogh  

  Ilse Crawford

  Ravi Naidoo

 18.45 Break

 18.55 Rosan Bosch

  Panel discussion lead by Svante Lindeburg

 19.30 Food and mingling

 21.00 Act

 23.30 Goodbye


Crafts and design form an integral part of our daily lives, surrounds and serve us. But what is the impact beyond the use and aesthetics?
How can design impact society as a Whole and what future realities does design offer?

This year a range of practitioners will offfer their perspectives from different positions within the field on how design powers society and the individual.

Photo by Tobias Regell

Photo by Tobias Regell

Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does.

As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life.  This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. 

Photo by Sean Teergarden

Photo by Sean Teergarden

Ravi Naidoo

Ravi Naidoo is the founder and Managing Director of Interactive Africa, the Cape Town-based media and project management company famous for the First African in Space Mission.  In 1995, he established the International Design Indaba, one of the world’s leading design institutions, which features a flagship Conference, Do Tank and an acclaimed through-the-year publication. Ravi also sits on the jury of the Index Awards, D&AD Impact Awards, IXDA Awards and Dutch Design Awards. In 2015, Ravi himself was awarded the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education for placing design at the heart of economic and educational revival in South Africa.

Photo by Markus Jans

Photo by Markus Jans

Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius is an industrial designer and art director. The main theme in Hella Jongerius’ work is the search for ways to make products that have an individual character while being industrially produced. Recent projects include the design of the cabin interior as well as the seats, of airline company KLM’s entire fleet. Since 2007, Jongerius is Art Director for Colours and Materials at furniture company Vitra. In this cooperation she has also been developing furniture, such as the iconic Polder Sofa.
Further clients include rug company Danskina, where she is Design Director since 2012, and the upholstery fabric company Maharam, for which Jongerius has been designing fabrics since 2002.



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