Event description

SF Design week kicks off with the opening night reception on June 14th. We want to celebrate not just design itself, but the communities, people and issues that continually change the way we understand design.

Join designers from around the world at Pier 27 and treat your senses to an experience into what it means to be a designer.

Cash bar and Off the Grid food trucks offering delights for purchase. This is a fundraiser for SF Design Week, thanks for your support!

We will have a live musical performance from the first woman beatboxing finalist from America’s Got Talent , “Up and comer” as quoted by Refinery 29 and a one-woman vocal symphony, Butterscotch.


Making its way to the U.S. for the first time, Casa Castiglioni, an international exhibit from Milan, Italy will be featured at the Design Hub. Casa Castiglioni explores the work of one of the greatest industrial designers of the 20th century, Achille Castiglioni. The exhibit showcases nearly 60 years of the Italian designers historical objects.

LOCZIdesign and Heavy Projects have partnered to bring visitors a truly unique augmented reality exhibit: exploring the changing nature of a city that questions everything. This interactive exhibit expands the view of the city by the bay, from beatniks to technocrats, and paves the way for this year’s San Francisco Design Week.

Airbnb is designing a custom experiential installation inspired by this years theme, “Question Everything”.

We will have Duserock providing beats throughout the night. Opening for the likes of Sting and Sheryl Crow, his ability to blend genre’s and keep the crowd dancing have made him a popular DJ worldwide. He’s shared bills with Photek, Marques Wyatt, Dubtribe, Gavin Hardkiss, Tal M Klein, Mark Farina and many more. He was recently acknowledged in San Francisco’s Nitewise 2010 Top 10 DJ list.

Stay tuned for updates of events, installations and more coming to this years opening night reception!

Cash bar and Off the Grid food trucks offering delights for purchase. This is a fundraiser for SF Design Week, thanks for your support!


Thanks to our sponsors, a number of free tickets/scholarships are now being offered for this event based on financial needs. Please contact Sirinapa at AIGA SF admin@aigasf.org. The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 31st, 2017.

Don't forget tickets for SFDW Opening Night.