Budapest Design Week: Six Unmissable Highlights

What to see during the 10-day programme   |   September 2017

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Cinematic dining experiences and cutting-edge crafts? It could only be Budapest Design Week

Budapest Design Week | © Caracalla

The pinnacle of the city’s cultural calendar, Budapest Design Week is a 10-day arts extravaganza showcasing the talent of upcoming and established designers. An immersive programme of events features exciting exhibitions, thematic tours and presentations, even giving you the chance to go behind the scenes at designers’ workshops with its Open Studios initiative.

“We have 150 events over the 10-day event, so everyone will be able to find the perfect programme for their own taste” explains Budapest Design Week representative, Lili Somogyi. “It is a great way of publicising design to a wider audience, and an outstanding opportunity for fledgling Hungarian designers to introduce themselves to visitors of Budapest Design Week.”

From fashion and interiors to digital and graphic design, discover these unmissable highlights of Budapest Design Week 2017.

Daniel Labrosse – Artificial Hearts

After exhibiting at London’s Tate Modern, French-Hungarian visual artist Daniel Labrosse presents new works including his colourful, mind-bending illustrations. Labrosse playfully uses vivid hues and surreal shapes to make witty statements about the human condition. This surreal multi-media show utilises augmented reality, painting, illustration and computer graphics.

7th – 14th October 2017, Brody Studios 

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Starring 100 chairs spanning 30 years, this is a unique and comprehensive display of avant-garde furniture from MOME School’s talented designers. Witness the evolution of styles over the course of three decades, with weird and wonderful seats made from recycled materials in experimental shapes.

12th – 15th October 2017, Hungarian National Museum

40x40 A’Design Award Winner exhibition

Each year the prestigious A’Design Award is gifted to international designers demonstrating excellence in almost any type of field imaginable – be it packaging, furniture, aerospace or jewellery. This exhibition displays 40 entries of this year’s competition from 40 different countries, so expect a compellingly diverse array of works.

7th – 15th October 2017, Budapest Project Gallery

Budapest Design Week | © Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Budapest Design Week | © Hababa Design Store and Gallery


Pioneering food designer and stylist Zsuzsa Matók is serving up unique dishes built around the theme of life being inherent in seeds. Her unique work harmonises food with film to produce multidimensional results. This unusual gastronomic experience will be accompanied by music and video to create a dining affair like no other.

10th October 2017 at 7:30pm, Kitchen Restaurant

Hababa For Everyone

Discover cutting edge Hungarian designers and learn how they make their works at concept store Hababa. One of Hungary’s most avant-garde boutiques, Hababa is holding a fashion show and workshops where you will be shown how to create your own items under the instruction of the designers stocked in store. For example, guests can craft a pretty necklace by Artkores or an Amient Design booklet.

10th, 12th and 14th October 2017, Hababa Designer Store and Gallery

Caracalla Design Days

Leading the way in elegant, futuristic bathroom design, Caracalla Design Days curates Europe’s finest and most progressive bathroom fitting design brands with this beautiful showcase. Explore the sleek lines and slinky ceramics of bathtubs and sinks from prestige brands like Villeroy & Boch and Duravit.

5th – 7th October 2017, Museum of Applied Arts


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