Helsinki Design Week will be organized from 9 to 19 September 2021 in the city and online. This year the main events will take place on Aleksanterinkatu, on the premises of Glasshouse Helsinki! HDW will be spread on the second, third, and fourth floors of the building.
The main exhibition is U-JOINTS. Initiated with a first show at the 2018 Milano Salone del Mobile in Milan, U-JOINTS is a project by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu that closely looks at the connections in architecture and design. HDW will host the fourth chapter, Knots & Knits.
“Often invisible, hidden elegantly within an object, joints can be overlooked. U-JOINTS sheds light on these hidden details and invites visitors to discover the beauty and quality of an object or structure starting from its detail. At Helsinki Design Week, Knots & Knits unravels the joints of textiles, fabrics, meshes, membranes, and ropework. Whether used in rigging, for lifting heavy objects, wrapping a lunch box or closing a gift, securing a funambulist’s highwire, to keep a climber from falling off a wall, or creating adventurous playgrounds for children, knots are considered the oldest and most basic techniques of joinery. The exhibition will examine all this and more,” Anniina Koivu tells Weekly.
The other program set is a series of installations titled “Office of the Future”. The past year has changed the way we do office work, perhaps for good. The need to be with other people has not vanished, however. Will offices become ever more important meeting places where we can experience unity, exchange ideas, and develop new solutions? How does premises/spatial design meet this necessity of change?
“Glasshouse believes that it is now more important than ever for design, art, research, architecture, and public and private companies to sit down together and find solutions to the environmental crisis that is developing around us at an increasing pace. We are all part of the answers. Helsinki Design Week is an influencer in this field, taking a stand and looking forward. In the world of Glasshouse Helsinki, HDW represents the encounter of thinking and co-creation,“ says CEO and founder of Glasshouse Helsinki Mirkku Kullberg.
Exceptional conditions due to the Covid19 pandemic continue, and we have taken this into account in planning our events for September. Without risking our health, we can expect to be able to participate in exhibitions, discussions, parties, and shopping opportunities, as well as the program of Children’s Design Week. There are also two open calls for content until 27 May. Find the full story here.
Design Diplomacy card game does delight in New York and Weekly!
An event known to us through Helsinki Design Week will be organized as part of the NYCXDESIGN Days between 13 and 18 May. This online design festival invites us to virtual visits to the residencies of the Nordic consulates in New York. We’ll be able to take a virtual tour in five unique residencies rarely given access to. Five Nordic countries have each invited two design professionals to participate in the game. Both of the players have experience and insight into what it is like to work in different cultures. A total of ten American and Nordic designers will meet by the card game.
Learn more about the event and get to know the speakers here.