Installation by Plastique Fantastique

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Highlights of Helsinki Design Week 2016

Helsinki Design Week 2016
September 1 – 11, 2016

Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. 

Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners, and through a design forum, offers city citizens to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. This year, the festival program contains around 250 events, including events targeted for both professionals and the general public. The following events are new this year: Market, Design Diplomacy (talks), and Sauna Talks.

Design Market. Photo: Aino Huovio

The festival program takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.  

Helsinki Design Week – design phenomena to watch for

- Design Diplomacy. A series of evening discussions held in the cozy homes of national ambassadors – places that only a few have had the chance to see. Each night, one design professional from the hosting country meets a Finnish designer by way of playing a card game. Playful and intelligent questions challenge both the speakers and the audience.

In addition to discussions that last for about half an hour, you will learn interesting details about these unique homes and their architecture over a glass of wine. How many ambassadors have lived in these apartments? How does the place currently reflect its history and use? Read more:

- Sauna Talks. Five saunas, five hot topics. Sauna Talks are a series of discussions that address Finnish sauna culture, and puff some steam at five socially intriguing topics. Read more:

New Market. New Market is a marketplace, established by Helsinki Design Week and Finlayson, that offers early adopters an opportunity to check out completely new design products. Products selected for the New Market are curated by designer Sebastian Jansson. Items include new recycled products such as home-woven rugs. Read more:

Children's Weekend. Photo: Aino Huovio

Highlights of the Helsinki Design Week program – events that absolutely should not be missed

PechaKucha Night celebrates its 10-year-anniversary in Finland, promising an evening full of surprises. Read more:

HDW HOP - City installations This program presents 12 works from individual designers, collectives and students. They include Finnish and international makers who have been given the freedom to brainstorm ways to regenerate the city with design. Read more:

Pastique Fantastique's superKOLMEMEN is something you don’t want to miss. The Three Smiths is an iconic statue in the center of Helsinki, and during Helsinki Design Week, the Berlin-based Plastique Fantastique collective will build a compressed-air installation around it. Read more: