During Helsinki Design Week from 7 to 17 September, Design Museum will stage special events at the museum and in various venues around Helsinki. Check out the HDW events below and leave room in your calendar for Helsinki’s most interesting weeks in design .
Enter and Encounter – An Invitation to Tomorrow
A series of discussions hosted by curators
Starting on 12 September at 6 p.m.
Designer and writer Heini Lehtinen will open Design Museum’s six-part series of discussions with curators exploring the themes of the Enter and Encounter exhibition. Enter and Encounter is a joint exhibition produced by Design Museum and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and displaying contemporary Finnish design after Helsinki’s Design Capital Year of 2012.
Heini Lehtinen is one of the curators of this exhibition of contemporary Finnish design and she will lead discussion on, among other topics, the ways in which design and conflict management are related to each other. Lehtinen has invited Itonde A. Kakoma, an expert in peace mediation and design as her guest for the discussion. Read more about the discussion.
Jointly organised by Design Museum and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo Enter and Encounter – An Invitation to Tomorrow (24 March – 22 October 2017) presents contemporary Finnish design since World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. How is design challenging the present and shaping the future? In September and October, the curators of the exhibition, six experts in design, will hold discussions on Tuesday evenings at the museum with invited guests.
12 September, Heini Lehtinen
19 September, Paula Bello
26 September, Katja Hagelstam
3 October, Esa Vesmanen
10 October, Juha Kronqvist
17 October, Ville Tikka
The ‘Our Forest’ Workshop
Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 9 September 2017
’Our Forest’ is a workshop where participants can create a three-dimensional forest by cutting their own leaves, plants and creatures out of translucent film. The jungle-like piece will emerge as it is constructed This installation with its colourful Plexiglas partitions will first be without leaves like in spring and it will come to life as the visitors add their own touches. The installation is designer Mari Savio’s birthday greeting to Fiskars’ orange-handled scissors.
HDW Children’s Weekend: Kids’ Design Academy Workshops
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 16–17 September
Kattilahalli, Sörnäisten rantatie 22
In Kids’ Design Academy, a school of design arranged by the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and Design Museum, children work together with professional designers, creating ideas, playing and inventing new design solutions. It teaches design with the means of curiosity, empathy, creating ideas, sketching and testing. Ideas and feelings are given visual form in the workshops using the methods of design. The workshops will be directed by designers Silvia Di Iorio and Laura Euro. The Design Museum workshop team will also take part in the events.
From last year’s HDW Children’s Weekend. Free entrance.
Builders of the future
A design and architecture event for comprehensive school seventh graders
15 September 2017 from 9 am to 2:30 pm
Helsinki City Hall Auditorium
Please register in advance
Produced by the Design Museum and Helsinki Design Week, Builders of the Future 2017 is an event for young people. This event introduces young people to the methods of design and architecture, offering them means to observe their own environment. The framework of the event is the Muotoilupolku (Design Path) material issued by the City of Helsinki in the autumn of 2016 providing design tools in support of the new school curriculum and phenomenon-based learning.
The event will be realized by the Helsinki City Education Committee, the Design Museum and the Helsinki Design Week organization. Other partners in the project are Annantalo House, the Finnish Design Education Association SuoMu, the Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Young People, Architecture Information Centre Finland and kultus.fi. The Design Path network and other actors in the field will be invited to carry out the workshops.
The Habitare Collection
13 – 17 September
Helsinki Fair Centre
Every second year, Design Museum and the Finnish Fair Corporation collaborate in producing a department at the Habitare Fair to display the international Habitare design collection. Selected by a jury of experts, this year’s exhibition will feature 15 design objects by international stars of design. The members of the exhibition jury are Director Ann-Louise Sommer of Design Museum Denmark, Director Jukka Savolainen and Chief Curator Merja Vilhunen of Design Museum Helsinki, and Programme Director Laura Sarvilinna of the Helsinki Fair Centre.
Utopias of the Home
13 –17 September
Helsinki Fair Centre
Design Museum will participate in the Utopias of the Home exhibition at the Antiques Fair at the Helsinki Fair Centre. Also participating in this collaborative exhibition are the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The curator of the exhibition is architect Roy Mänttäri. A Collectors’ Evening will be held in the hall of the Antiques Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 13 September. The departments and special exhibition of the fair will be presented along with interviews with representatives of the museums.
Enter and Encounter – An Invitation to Tomorrow
24 March –24 September 2017
This joint exhibition by Design Museum and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo presents contemporary Finnish design since World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. Looking ahead in an optimistic spirit, it asks how design is challenging the present and shaping the future. The works, projects, ventures and initiatives of the exhibition are in response to change or the need for change, generating phenomena, offering perspectives and laying the basis for new attitudes and practice in a global context. In keeping with its title, Enter and Encounters invites viewers and visitors to address change in design and society in an open-minded and positive spirit.
Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design
4 February 2017–31 December 2020
This is where you will find the iconic objects of the 1950s, the golden age of Finnish design along with Nokia mobile phones and the Angry Birds game. Utopia Now is Design Museum’s renewed collections exhibition describing the significant role of design in the development of the Finnish welfare state. The exhibition is divided into five themes, with the history of design described through living stories. The exhibition’s digital applications permit the presentation of materials that have not been displayed to the public and much larger amounts of information than previously. The exhibition continues in the form of a freely accessible virtual digital archive at: https://collection.designmuseum.fi
7 September –29 October 2017
The orange-handled Fiskars scissors designed Olof Bäckström are celebrating their 50th birthday this year. In 1967, Bäckström created the world’s first scissors with plastic handles, and since then more than two million pairs of them have been sold. In honour of the event, Fiskars has invited artists and creative individuals from around the world to participate with scissors-inspired birthday greetings in the Our Scissors exhibition. Some of the works are inspired by the scissors as objects, some by their orange colour, and some by their function of cutting. The works will be on show at Design Museum in September 2017 as part of Helsinki Design Week.
Panel Discussion: Impact of environment on human activity (in English)
Saturday 9th of September from 3 pm to 5 pm
Design Museum Auditorio
Panel Discussion related to a special screening of the Aestetik Documentary Film presented by the New Visual Culture Foundation and produced by Adept Works (screenings at Riviera Theather on Friday 8.9. and Tuesday 12.9.).
Maxi Shilov, Director of the Film (Russia)
Aron Bergmann Magnússon, Creative Director (Iceland)
Jeremiah Tesolin, Creative Director, Fiskars Scandinavian Living (Finland/ Canada)
Moderator Michael Polejaev
Design Club Talk and Q&A: Designing for Sustainability Transitions in the Urban (in English)
Monday 11th of September from 12 to 13
Place: Kaartin Maneesin lippa
Dr. İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University
Cities have become the focus of action for addressing sustainability problems, particularly climate change. In this talk Dr. İdil Gaziulusoy will present how sustainability transitions in the urban are design challenges and what roles design plays in transition projects.