From June 11 – 13 the Danish Design Centre is hosting the event Danish Design and Business Days. During the 3-day event four international delegations will be introduced to the Danish Design Society and meet with Danish designers and design companies in the format of one-on-one meetings.
In close collaboration with Danish Trade Councils and embassies, Danish Design Centre has invited four delegations that are interested in starting up collaboration with Danish designers, investing in Danish design or setting up design offices in Denmark.
The four delegations are:
- Taipei City Government led by Deputy Mayor Mr. Chin-Oh Chang
- FnC Kolon, one of Koreas largest fashion companies led by Senior Vice President Ms. Kyung Ae Han
- Kolon Glotech, one of Koreas leading textile and printing companies, led by Mr. Sang Hee Lee, Director of New Business Development Division
- Samsung Electronics lead by Vice President of Euro Design Centre, Mr. Felix Heck.
Danish Design and Business Days is one of the initiatives in the Danish Government’s Growth Plan for Creative Industries. Danish Design Centre, as the national centre for design, is responsible for this initiative.
“The event programs are a combination of inspirational visits and B-to-B meetings. All the delegations have specific requests and reasons for joining this event, and we expect not only for our guests to meet with designers and design companies, but to start collaborations. This is a business event, not a study trip. In our mind we refer to this as “an opposite export drive”: Instead of gathering a group of Danish designers joined by an exhibition and travelling to Taiwan or South Korea, we bring potential clients to Denmark”, explains Christina Melander, Change Maker at DDC and responsible for the event.
The guests of Danish Design and Business Days all have specific points of interest and all four delegations have customised programs that meet individual requests. The schedule also includes meetings with Design Denmark, the Danish Design Council, Danish Design Centre, Danish Fashion Institute, Launch Nordic, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design to gain a better understanding of the Danish Design Society, the Danish Design mindset and the Danish Design ecosystem.
“The Danish Design and Business Days 2014 is a first timer, and our expectations are high. We really hope that this event will be a recurring event taking place each year and with even more delegations next time”, says Christina Melander.