The first international design event organized in the Gulf of Tigullio ( in Liguria region, in Italy between the famous area of “5 lands”, and Genoa, in the area of the famous Portofino ) takes shape: it is Tigullio Design District – TDD. The event, which is held annually, centres on and is targeted at the whole world of Design linked to the sea (from yachts, to those who design and produce nautical products and accessories, up to coast waterfront and environment marine projects ), the world of design linked to the outdoors, (from urban furniture to outdoor furniture, passing through projects related to the environment, sustainability, green technology and innovation ) and of course the world of lifestyle.

 TDD, therefore, arises as an opportunity to rediscover the professional world of Design for everyone. It also intends to enhance Tigullio territory: by leading to the promotion of the wonders, as well as the cultural and working value of the area; by proposing itself as a creative response to the desire for renewal of the existing local realities – such as companies, designers, artisans, young people, creatives. This Event will be a source of inspiration and development for all international participants, an opportunity to meet and share ideas with various situation in the design field with Italians and international designers from all over the world. (by offering a place where exchanging their knowledge, and a networking opportunity for Design lovers and professionals from all over the world).


6 to 12 June 2022, the dates of the event

 From 6 to 12 June 2022 the digital event with our international partners and guests will be presented in our new website www.tigulliodesigndistrict.com ; The decision to launch and organize the event every year coinciding with the same dates of the Milan Design Week (this year too from 6 to 12 June 2022, but usually every April ) derives from the desire to combine the Milan  proposal with a new event to be proposed to the world of international design which from this year will also be able to enjoy a “seafront” location, indeed naturally the Gulf of Tigullio it’s the sea side for Milan area people. Fuorisalone of Milan as partner of TDD get a new location, face the sea and be dedicated especially to the nautic design, the sea, the outdoor and lifestyle. In addition, the TDD at the beginning of the season will help promote the beauties of the Gulf of Tigullio through a new invitation proposal to all designers and professionals, who will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful Italian seasonal moments in our fancy riviera.

There are 16 world Design organizations already partners of the Tigullio Design District 2022, and 15 Country Ambassadors who will promote the TDD worldwide to designers and companies wishing to come to Italy and the Gulf of Tigullio to participate in the initiatives that will be organized in the future.

In Italy, on the other hand, there are 14 organizations and design week partners, as well as 10 local partners, 48 press partners and design magazine from Italy and all the world who will follow the event worldwide and finally 12 among the best Italian sturtups as supporters of Tigullio. Design District.


What’s Design?” – the topic of the first edition

 The event – in its first online edition- will focus on the topic “What is Design?”. Indeed, our national and international guests are invited to answer this question, by reporting their experience during the interviews.

The need to ask such a basic and fundamental question arises from the lack of knowledge about the discipline of Design, which is found in our area still today.

From this need, it takes hold the idea of ​​establishing specific macro-themes in the course of the next editions of the TDD event, in order to guide the people living in our area to discover this professional world and the existing realities.



Sea Design Award 2022 is the first competition launched by the Tigullio Design District together with Nautic Experience, aimed at all young university students studying in design faculties in Italy, specifically those of nautical design and industrial design, who participated by sending a project linked to great themes of the sea. On 6 June, the first day of TDD 2022, the winners will be announced and visible on our website: www.tigulliodesigndistrict.com

Here is the jury of experts who judged and decreed the winners:

1- Carlos Vidal – Yacht Designer | Carlos Vidal Design Studio

2- Andrea Signoretto – Industrial Designer | Andrea Signoretto Design Studio

3- Gianluca Adragna – Yacht Designer | Adragna Yacht Design Studio

4- Tommaso Piazzolla – Founder and Creative Director of “Nautic Experience”

5- Pierpaolo Bellina – Director of the magazine “Il Gommone”

6- Giuseppe Orru – Nautical journalist “Vela e Motore magazine”

The winners will have the opportunity to be promoted on the Nautic Experience and Tigullio Design District channels, receiving international visibility, and will also be able to participate with digital content in the Tigullio Design District 2023, as well as being selected for in-person activities in the future.


FACTS in numbers

85+  international guests – young talents, established professionals, companies from the world of design

15  TDD Country Ambassador from around the world – presidents, directors of associations and organizations

16 international institutional partners – associations, design weeks and design festivals around the world

14 Italian institutional partners – associations, design weeks and design festivals in Italy

10 local / territorial supporters – associations, bodies in the Gulf of Tigullio / Liguria Region

12  Italian supporters – 12 of the best Italian sturtups

48  media partner – design press , design magazine, Italian and international press

7  institutional patronage – Patronage of all 7 municipalities of the Gulf of Tigullio