The largest design festival in the Nordics takes place from 1 to 11 September 2016. Helsinki Design Week’s theme this year is Better.
“Because the globe is full of matter, the designer is faced with a huge moral dilemma: what justifies us to design more? Any novelty must be better than what we had before”, says Helsinki Design Week’s founder Kari Korkman.
Once again the festival consists of more than 200 events and thrives to reach 120,000 visitors. Independent event productions are an important part of the programme.
Installations in the city centre and card games in embassies HDW’s main event is an unforeseen series of city installations spread across the city centre from 5 to 11 September. One of the works is produced by Plastique Fantastique from Berlin.
The collective is famous for its urban and impressive environment art presented around the world.
Design Diplomacy discussions are new in the programme, opening the doors of 12 foreign embassies to the public.
Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Slovakia are among the participating countries.
One design professional from each country meets a Finnish designer while playing a new card game.
Events require registration that opens in August at Helsinki Design Weekly.
Design Market, a perennial favourite, takes over the Merikaapelihalli space at the Cable Factory on 3 and 4 September. The largest outlet event in the Nordics attracts circa 200 vendors and 25,000 visitors each year.
This year’s event will feature a fashion show and Print Market supply store.
Loved by audience, the PechaKucha Night on 8 September provides an opportunity for designers and researchers to dynamically tell about their sources of inspiration in just 20 images.
Showroom is a design, spatial design, and lighting event for professionals organised from 7 to 9 September as part of the Habitare trade fair.
The show’s architecture is provided by ALA Architects, and stage performances are curated by Tuuli Sotamaa from Ateljé Sotamaa.
The programme consists of speeches and dialogue related to six different themes. Targeted at professionals,
Showroom Walk is organised as part of the event on 8 and 9 September, presenting companies in their own galleries.
Thursday 8 September is Architecture Day, featuring annual honorary lecture on Eero Saarinen organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, for example. The theme day is sponsored by Ruukki.
Schoolkids’ Design Day is organised for the second time together with the City of Helsinki on 9 September. During the day, pupils and teachers have the opportunity to learn about design and design thinking.
Kids’ Weekend is held at Kattilahalli in Suvilahti on 10 and 11 September. The space is designed by Reka Kiraly and Jenni Erkintalo of Etana Editions.
This event presents an experiential mini world where kids can encounter design and architecture through various workshops. Kids’ Weekend is sponsored by LEGO.
Satellite event Habi Kids is held from 7 to 11 September in cooperation with Habitare. Its programme includes various interior design workshops.
For more information: Helsinki Design Weekly (English version)