Welcome to a world of endless possibilities of discovery – the exhibitions of Zlin Design Week are not just about presenting works of art, but are windows to endless worlds of creativity and inspiration. Our exhibitions are not just for art lovers, they are for everyone who yearns to discover, understand and connect with visual expression. For this year’s festival we have prepared three exhibitions. One of the main exhibition will be dedicated to the finalists of the international Best in Design 2024 competition, which for over fourteen years has been tracking new talent in the fields of Product & Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Communication Design and, for the second time this year, Service Design. We’re keeping the other exhibitions under wraps, but don’t worry, we’ll be happy to reveal them soon.


Design for all exhibition (universal design project)

Universal Design is an important part of sustainable solutions, integrating diverse groups of people into the design process and thereby deepening knowledge and empathy. In business and public administration, it has a major impact on the usability of products and services or the engagement of new, more diverse target groups. It enables users to be actively involved in designing products and services, reflecting their individual needs, and creating an environment they feel positively part of.

The Design for All exhibition provided an overview of the implementation of universal design in our lives. It provided examples of specific solutions, their value, and their impact on the public sector. At the same time, it created a space where a clothing designer, a furniture company owner, an urban architect, and a local cultural enthusiast can meet over a debate about the potential barriers we all face on a daily basis. The exhibition was supported by the EEA Grants.

Best of ’23 exhibition

The human ability to design solutions and combine them with aesthetics greatly impacts the quality of our lives. So it makes sense to look for new paths that design can take. These often open up through interesting ideas that emerge by disrupting the status quo in places that offer a diversity of opinion and give room for innovation.

For over thirteen years, the international Best in Design competition has allowed new talents to explore and develop these paths. The finalists of the 14th edition of the competition were presented from 3 to 19 May at the G18 Gallery and in the public space of Zlín.

What themes and approaches do they emphasize in their work? How do they see the world that surrounds us, and where might it be heading under their hands? How does the intersection of the academic ground from which they emerge with business work? The Best in Design Best of ’23 exhibition provided a space to connect apparel, visual communication, and industry solutions, products, and services. A space to meet, discuss and reflect on how contemporary design can influence our future.

Inspiration: Le Corbusier

The exhibition Inspiration: Le Corbusier took you from Zlín to the collective house Unité d’Habitation in Marseille. Through original photographs, it will present the concepts and ideas of the great Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his unrealised projects in Zlín. His indirect influence on contemporary artists were revealed through a selection of selected products, both Czech and foreign, who find inspiration in modern architecture and brutalism.

The exhibition featured the Japanese brand Tajimi Custom Tiles, Czech manufacturer of bentwood furniture TON, Danish company TEKLA, French designers Aurélie Benoit, Marie Bonnot, Frédérick Gautier, French-English designer Pauline Hagan, Slovak designer Adriana Šatková, Czech studio Palma de Alma and designer Adéla Bačová.

what previous ZDW exhibitions looked like?