FutureDesignDays 2001 started out as an experiment. Would it really be possible to gather designers and architects from all over the world to debate and talk about design? Would there be an audience, and would it understand how important it was to listen, learn and discuss design in a progressive way? And could it be done in a medium-sized Swedish town like Borås under the leaden mid-November skies? It could!

A week of design

The main focus of the festival week was then, as now: How to deal with the sharp-edged tool that is design? How to create sustainable design that takes account of economic, aesthetic, ecological and ethical aspects? The invited speakers were professional designers and architects, plus leading researchers and lecturers from colleges and universities. A design festival had seen the light of day. And before FutureDesignDays 2001 was even over, the theme for 2002 was decided: “Design Without Boundaries”.

Read more about FutureDesignDays 2001 in the book 2001; In Process.


Borås Stadsteater (The City Theatre)


Cay Bond, Clemens Thornquist, David Carlson, Gert Wingårdh, Ingrid Giertz-Mårtensson, Johan Huldt, Jonas Blanking, Katharine Hamnett, Margret Bruce, Nirvan Richter, Patrick Whitney, Philippa Wagner, Richard Stanley, Sarah E Braddock, Simonetta Carbonaro, Sir Terence Conran, Stefan Lindfors, Toni Vladislavic, Torsten Hild, Toshio Watanabe, Tyler Brûlé.


Erik Haag

FutureDesignDays Award:

Kalle-Wille Björk


2001; In process

The experiment starts in Borås

Conference in Borås City Theatre and at The Swedish School of Textile
Award Ceremony at main stage
Design Lounge party at Swing

Unique visitors 638
Speakers 21
Accredited journalists 4
Articles in Sweden 49
TV- and radio news in Sweden 4
Countries represented 11
Hours of programme on the stages 12

Stefan Lindfors

Stefan Lindfors

Patrick Whitney