Interior of Lokstallarna

Lokstallarna in Kirseberg. Photo: Alexis R. Cancino, in-discourse.

About Southern Sweden Design Days

In May 2021, the very first edition of Southern Sweden Design Days will take over the city of Malmö. The new international design event invites visitors from all over the world to experience the best the creative southern Swedish design region has to offer. 

Southern Sweden Design Days 2021 is a new annual event that highlights and builds knowledge about design – focusing on sustainability, collaboration, development and innovation. For four days, the city is filled with exhibitions, seminars, networking events and festivities in a variety of locations. Southern Sweden Design Days is organised by Form/Design Center – the main venue for architecture, design and crafts in southern Sweden.

Open to all – free admission

Southern Sweden Design Days is aimed at a design-interested public as well as professional visitors and is open and free to all. With a train ride only 30 minutes from Copenhagen, Malmö is a central hub for creativity, sustainability and culture. The participants are active in design, architecture and crafts and count both individual practitioners, offices, studios and collectives, producers and companies active in the field of design, colleges and universities, cultural institutions as well as industry organisations and associations.

Main location: Lokstallarna in Kirseberg

Southern Sweden Design Days’ main location this year will be Lokstallarna in Kirseberg, where designers, collectives, universities and innovative companies will exhibit side by side. The former railway workshop was the second largest workplace in Malmö in the 1930s and the tradition, story and original traits of the premises live on in version 2.0, where it serves as a vibrant cultural and craft center. Lokstallarna will also be the venue for the inaugural party, the press lounge, lectures, workshops etc.

Theme 2021

The theme for Southern Sweden Design Days 2021 is “1 + 1 = 3”. This year’s theme encourages collaborations and cross-fertilisation with the aim of highlighting the region’s openness and locality. The theme can be seen as a symbol of synergy and sustainability – to solve existing and future challenges there is a need to collaborate, innovate and bring new equations to the table. The theme is open to interpretation and can be a meeting between materials or techniques that form a new whole, different expressions and styles combined in an innovative manner or it can encourage different industries or disciplines to merge. With more than 150 participants, Southern Sweden Design Days shows the width and the weight of the region’s design scene.