Lille: World Design Capital in 2020

Since 6 December 2019, this Northern French city has put design in the spotlight, earning its title of World Capital of Design 2020. Following the suspension of events during the pandemic, it will reopen to the public on September 9, 2020, with the ambition to be a laboratory reflecting the emergence of a new world.

After Turin in 2008, Seoul in 2010, Helsinki in 2012, Cape Town in 2014, Taipei in 2016 and Mexico City in 2018, it’s now Lille’s turn to be recognised by the World Design Organisation (WDO) for its use of innovative design. This is the first time that a French city has become World Capital of Design.

Experimenting with a new world

The capital of Hauts-de-France and the 90 municipalities making up its metropolis have been rewarded for their economic, social, cultural and environmental initiatives.

Despite the suspension of events during the pandemic, all the projects launched will be presented in 2020, as soon as activities resume on September 9. The organisers indicate that they have been "redesigned to be firmly committed to the present world and to underline the contributions of design to the crises engendered by the epidemic shock". The stated ambition is therefore to be a laboratory where "a new world takes shape and is experienced".

The event will be structured around 'maisons POC' ('POC houses'), highlighting local and international projects of innovation through design, with four major exhibitions and a Design Week Forum in October.

In 2004, Lille celebrated its title of European Capital of Culture.


From 6 December 2019
Lille European Metropolis


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Lille in Northern France