Helsinki Design Week 2021 is here

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Helsinki Design Week’s festival programme includes exhibitions, workshops, open houses, seminars, fashion shows and much more. The festival in 2021 will be held from 9 to 19 September, online and out in the city of Helsinki.

Children's Design Week

HDW Children’s Windows is an experimental step in opening Helsinki’s city centre to children’s culture, exhibitions and events. The event will be implemented with installations planned for the display windows of Keskuskatu and nearby blocks. The installations will be completed in front of the public on 10–11 September and will be freely visible around the clock, throughout Helsinki Design Week’s dates. The authors of the installations have been designers and other creators from the creative industry, who together with top Nordic illustrators design and assemble the installations. Pedestrian streets are making the city centre an increasingly safer environment for families with children.

Kaleidoscope Online Festival on Creativity

The Kaleidoscope Festival will contain five consecutive online events held on the Instagram account of the Design Museum from 10 to 14 September. The five live streams each offer a unique approach to creativity. These events will allow us to explore the Iittala exhibition through the eyes of children, discuss the requirements of creativity with a designer, hear the ideas of Senior Curator Paola Antonelli from MoMA on how design methods can be used to solve problems in the future and view Finnish design from the perspective of the other side of the Atlantic. The Kaleidoscope events will enable you to explore the Iittala factory and its glassmaking workshop brimming with creativity.

Annual theme explores the best design cooperation practices from various points of view

Helsinki Design Week’s annual theme “What is Wise to Design Now?” is an open call to join the discussion about wisdom’s extensive, multifaceted definition. The objective is to challenge one-sided and one-dimensional design; the traditional, uncomplicated definition of design is to make things better. We can expect to see the latest products and ideas from Finnish designers, participate in daily discussions and visit a pop-up restaurant to meet people.

Refreshing the Design Market

Design Market will be organized taking into account the exceptional conditions. The Design Market is organized in a way that suits the exceptional circumstances as a Design Market Online online campaign and in shops around the city. At the Design Market, we feature designers and manufacturers of high-quality furniture and interior decoration products who strive to operate in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The vendors include designers and makers of high-quality furniture and interior design products who operate following the principles of sustainable development. 

The entire programme for Helsinki Design Week from 9–19 September is at helsinkidesignweek.com. Tickets are available and can be bought through the site. The organisers are committed to following the pandemic situation and official recommendations closely in everything they do.

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Helsinki Design Week’s festival programme includes exhibitions, workshops, open houses, seminars, fashion shows and much more.