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.


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.