Estonian design is a rapidly evolving creative field. As of 2014, design is under the administration of the Ministry of Culture. This area is the responsibility of the adviser on architecture and design in the Ministry of Culture.
Design education can be acquired at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts and Tartu Higher Art School.
Around 600 people are employed in ca 500 companies that operate in the field of design.
Total revenue in the field is around 13 million euros.
The largest financer in the field of design is Enterprise Estonia, some grants have been awarded by Cultural Endowment of Estonia as well. The Ministry of Culture supports designers in their creative work through the Estonian Association of Designers and a non-profit organisation MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonian Design Centre).
Design plays an important role in creative industries as a whole. In 2014–2020 the development of Estonian creative industries is supported by the European Union. For this, the Ministry of Culture prepares a grant programme, which will be implemented by Enterprise Estonia via development centres.
The Ministry of Culture introduces Estonian design abroad in close cooperation with the Estonian Association of Designers and MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus (Estonian Design Centre).
Estonian Design House
Overview exhibition of Estonian design – Size Doesn't Matter
State support system for businesses, the aim of which is to enhance Estonian business and regional policies.
MTÜ Eesti Disainikeskus
A development centre in and promoter of the field of design, established in 2008 by the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts, Tallinn Technical University, the Estonian Association of Designers and MTÜ Eesti Disaini Instituut (Estonian Design Institute).
Estonian Association of Designers
An association that unites and represents designers, which was founded in 1989 with the general purpose of speaking for Estonian design.
Adviser (Architecture and design)
Phone +372 628 2207