Design Museum will hold events during Design Week in September at the museum and in different parts of Helsinki. Helsinki Design Week with its wide range of offerings also includes many events for children.
Saturday, 3 September 1 –3 p.m., Design Museum
Provocation will be given and taken in this panel discussion on Finnish design culture of the 1970s with reference to the imperial era of President Urho Kekkonen and its aesthetic wonders Speakers will include Jari Saariaho, curator of the Official exhibition; Juhani Lemmetti, collector and dealer of Finnish and Nordic design; Creative Director Mirkku Kullberg; Minna Sarantola-Weiss, Head of Research at the Helsinki City Museum; and designer Sebastian Jansson. Museum entrance ticket required.
SET DESIGNER BIRD – A workshop for children
Saturday, 3 September, 2 – 4 p.m., Design Museum
Children’s own set designer birds are planned and created in this workshop at Design Museum. It is a continuation of the forest workshop of the summer, where children could choose, like the set designer bird, a place in the forest where they created a space of their own, decorating it according to their wishes with things and objects found outdoors. The workshop, operating on a nonstop basis, is suited to children over 6 years old. Approximately 20 children at a time can participate, and when someone finishes the next participant can join in. The workshop will be supervised by designers Katariina Guthwert and Veera Kulju.
Museum entrance ticket required. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Discussion on design in English:
Gallery Talk at the Eero Aarnio exhibition
Architect Florencia Colombo and Industrial Designer Ville Kokkonen
Tuesday, 6 September, 6 p.m., Design Museum
The exhibition architects of the current Eero Aarnio show at Design Museum, Florencia Colombo and Ville Kokkonen will talk about their design approach in communicating content, the use of robotics and automation as mechanisms for challenging the static nature of classic exhibition conditions. Colombo and Kokkonen’s recent book A = 4πr2 Eero Aarnio (2014), discusses Aarnio’s body of work within the themes of spherology, zoology, and the defying of conventions. Colombo´s research and development practice specialises in architecturally based design and cultural projects. Kokkonen runs a design practice that focuses on new product development driven by technological and scientific discovery. They have lived and worked between Helsinki and Zürich since 2014. Museum entrance ticket required.
KOKOON – Discussion on temporary housing and transportable solutions in the city
Wednesday, 7 September at 4-5:30 PM
KOKOON is a prefabricated and transportable housing module on display in the courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki during the summer of 2016. This student project of the Aalto University Wood Program Studio takes its departure from the current housing situation in Finland, with a shortage of temporary housing for asylum seekers, students and families whose homes are undergoing necessary renovation. A discussion on the topic of temporary housing and design solutions in the urban and suburban context will be organised in association with the Wood Program Studio of the Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture, Design Museum Helsinki and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The moderator is Philip Tidwell, Instructor in the Wood Program at Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture. Other speakers will include Wood Program students Sini Koskinen and Toni Lahti, Designer in Residence Helsinki 2016 Luca Picardi, designer Pablo Riquelme who has been involved in service design projects in the City of Helsinki and two architects who participated in the architecture competition From Border to Home (2015), Satoshi Ohtaki and Harri Ahokas.
The Kokoon module is open during the summer of 2016
KIDS’ DESIGN ACADEMY– Children designing on children’s weekend at Design Museum
Saturday, 10 September and Sunday 11 September 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Welcome to learn about design with designer and teacher Laura Euro and designer Silvia Di Iori. The Kids’ Design Academy club sessions have been held since 2010 at various lower comprehensive schools in Helsinki through the collaboration of Design Museum and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo. The events have been made possible by the City of Helsinki Culture Office.