Helsinki Design Week 2017
7 – 17 September 2017
For twelve years now, Helsinki Design Week has been the largest festival held in the northern countries of Europe. New individuals, developments and facets of design are presented and made tangible in a constant dialogue that takes place between the disciplines. The aim of Design Week is to create a forum for urbanites using design, through which they can take part in developing their city and discuss various issues with others. The wide-ranging programme offers exhibitions, installations, discussions and presentations, numerous events and parties. In addition to Helsinki Design Week, the organisation also publishes the online magazine, Helsinki Design Weekly.
And for the first time this year, the Design Commons will take place on 14 September. It will break away from the traditional format and allow an exchange of ideas to take place in a congenial atmosphere. Instead of separating the participants from each other with a stage and rows of audience seats, a space will be created in which star designers and city dwellers will speak about the current design themes, as it were. Paloma Strelitz will present the London-based architecture-philosophy collective Assemble, that confronts the topic of urban development with new types of concept.
Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, founders of Studio Swine, will be presenting their interdisciplinary work in which they encounter themes such as regional identity and the future of resources in a globalised context. Their works are founded on detailed research on materials and methods of new manufacturing processes.