Design Month Graz

What now? What now? With a clear view of a changing world, Design Month 2024 asks its community this one question. From May 3 to June 2, it will present answers from a broad spectrum, which will be given space at the last centrally located industrial site in the city of Graz: the former Hornig site at Waagner-Biro-Straße 39 behind the main railway station.

What was previously empty will be filled with life for a month, playing with the allure of transience: as the designated new festival center, the abandoned industrial site will become a vibrant marketplace and hub for ideas. The main exhibition “What now!?” sets the tone and presents 30 visionary solutions for domains such as industry, mobility, food, housing and architecture that could pave the way for a more sustainable future. Installations, presentations and workshops in the factory chic of the former coffee production facility will also make visible and discuss how things could be done differently – always with an interdisciplinary perspective and in search of potential.

Welcome to the

Festival Center Hornig Areal!

Here you will find some highlights of Design Month Graz:

A platform open to all
Participation and sharing are particularly important in the 2024 program: Interactive formats allow visitors to express their own creative power – whether in text, drawings or multimedia with AI as a tool. A “Rage Room” takes liberation literally and encourages visitors to enjoy getting rid of objects that they have long wanted to get rid of. Evening “Kitchen Talks” on five dates merge culinary delights and discourse; participants cook and discuss with experts from various domains in a specially designed kitchen on site. Speaking of which: The Underground Kitchen will be responsible for special culinary creations at the site throughout the month. A series of concerts will also ensure that the festival center lives up to its name. It is open daily from May 3 to June 2 from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., accessible free of charge and easily accessible by public transport, preferably via the passageway under the main station.


Design in the City is a format in the Design Month Graz that offers people the opportunity to experience design away from exhibitions and workshops. Companies and designers present extraordinary products and a lot of information about the role design plays in their business.