Colour, Fashion, Art & Urban Culture: Helsinki Design Week Begins

The annual festival of international design aesthetic takes place in the Finnish capital for the 13th year.

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File picture from Helsinki Design Week 2017 / Credit: Iiris Heikka

Helsinki Design week starts today, bringing more than 200 events to the capital city.

It’s the largest design festival in the Nordic region, and has been held since 2005.

This year the festival continues to evolve and innovate with a special purpose-built centre in Keskuskatu where visitors can experience daily changing themes, and get advice on what to visit. There is also a parallel design week for children.

“This year we want to reach a new level with the accessibility and experience of the events” says Kari Korkman, founder and director of Helsinki Design week.

Venues Across The City

Helsinki Design week makes use of all sorts of spaces to host events or showcase design installations, including the city’s newest museum attraction.

“Amos Rex, the City Hall, embassy residencies, the Cable Factory, Keskuskatu, Clarion Hotel Helsinki, Messukeskus, Aalto Campus in Otaniemi, Stockmann’s department store, Lonna island and dozens of studios and showrooms… the scope of Helsinki Design Week becomes evident as we list some of the venues,” explains Korkman in a press release.

Main Attractions For 2018

This year’s festival theme is Trust, with many of the artists incorporating elements of that concept into the work they’re showcasing.

At Havis Amanada statue, the ‘City Cradle’ installation invites citizens into a large, wooden cradle to feel trusted and lulled.

Another installation in Esplanadi uses recycled materials from 50 years of work by a blind artist, and embraces the trust between the artist and designers in a new multisensory experience.

File image from Helsinki Design Week 2017 / Credit: Iiris Heikka