Helsinki design week 2013

Finnish take design seriously


Helsinki design week 2013

Finnish take design seriously,

since always finnish designers try to understand humans conditions involving emotional feelings and values, inspired by the richness of natural environment according to funcionality and pracmatic approach to change the basic elements of everyday life. People partecipate actively to design’s products and services that they use, almost every family has its «classic icons» within their domestic walls, that you can easily buy in every supermarket or department store in the country. Ecology and ethical design are the base of the heritage backgrounds and know-how through knowledge of materials especially wood has exported timeless and unique products of design all over the world, establishing business and international contacts everywhere. Helsinki world design capital in 2012. 

In this contest it takes place the ninth Helsinki Design Week, from 12 to 22 of september in co-operation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, City of Helsinki, Helsinki Design Week, Habitare, Suomen Messut and Design Forum Finland. An annual city design’s festival, a workshops of events, programmes, special exibitions and seminars focus on spreading contemporary design, new original and quality top products and classics Finland’s homeworks including design furniture, lamps, interior textiles and carpets, glass; ceramic and porcelain and vintage.


Helsinki Design Open in Rautatalo building ( Iron Hause) designed by Alvar Aalto [3.2.1898 Kuortane - 11.5.1976 Helsinki], one of the most important architect and designer in Finland, this pioneer of functionalism influenced the finnish society, his ideal was to give same conditions of housing for everyone. In the indoor carrara marble Italian-style piazza with design Cafe and shops, are presented Finnish design brands and companies, new designers with their high-quality manufacture made in wood, natural textiles cashemire and recycled materials: 

Artek, company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto in 1935, has an important contribute to spread and promote modern finnish design, thanks to the innovative Alvar Aalto’s nowledge and heritage, it produces Alvar Aalto’s forniture and lights, Ilmari Tapiovaara’s collection and collabores with prominents internationals architects and designers. Since few years Artek collects from all the world a second cycle of old Aalto’s chairs, a vintage shops where find originals old objects with their own life and history. This year Artek celebrated its 80th anniversary and this six september was acquired by Vitra. 

Arelalizza a leading Nordic cashmere brand that mixed solid industrial textile’s experience with innovative and young ideas, the result, a fashion timeless models to wear in everyday life. Camilla Moberg Design an artist and industrial glass designer who manifacture her unique glass art sculpure as handwork in Finland. Doctor Design by interior architect Petri Vainio, makes his lamp Vuolle a little bit special, practical and fuctional than an ordinary one; Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design a textile high-quality company based on natural materials with geometric design inspired by the graphical patterns of Normandie collection. Karin Widnas a well known ceramicist settled in Fiskars her pure and clean lines of her works are today seen in private or pubblic spaces. Kristiina Lassus a designer who combine in her carpets the ancients tibetan traditions with her refined taste for natural colours and organic linen wool silk and bamboo silk. Nikari custom –made furnishing made of local wood, a nordic tradition with a contemporary approach. Original habitek works, natural and treated natural oak’s forniture designed and manufactured in Finland; Susan Elo belongs to a group of designer called Woodism, her Risukko Lamp is a result of ecological and manufactures furniture. TIKAU with its handmade home’s accessories helping rural areas of India providing them employment in an ethical way. Tuulia Penttilä focuses on minimalist an handmade solid wood; Vuokko a talent fashion artist who created for textile company Marimekko in the 1950, famous for her graphic print and clothing.

Helsinki Design week gives also the opportunity to step into the future at Old Customs Warehouse with the 3D Lab by Audi and ADD, known for their technology, where is possible to see how a project’s inspiration can be realised with the potential of digital design: the 3D printer, dream of every designer used on fashion, jewellery and design objects. Moreover this old Art Nouveau building becames in these days a new store for the Finnish Design Shop where find 400 items of Finnish and international design.

Ikea shows a new concept for a dream kitchen, for the whole family especially for children focus on their requests, bringing the famous Smaland playword to the Old Customs Warehouse so that they can play and in the meanwhile partecipate in preparing food.


Habitare 2013, Furniture Interior Decoration/ Design Fair, held every autumm at the Helsinki Exibition and Convention centre from 18 to 22 september. Habitare is an important event focuses on interior design where famous brand, artists and youngs talents designers show their prototypes and their new collections.

Artek participates in the fair relaunching classic and timeless design icons as Ilmary Tapiovaara’s cheerfully light Lukky presented for the fisrt time in this colour this year in the Milan Forniture Fair, the Alvar and Aino Aalto’s furniture and Tapio Wirkkala’s TW003.

Marimekko inspired by winter nordic weather and nature’s phenomens, presents its Sääpäiväkirja collection cotton Jussarö fabric thunders with rolling storm clouds and rain and Oiva tableware by Aino-Maija Metsola who lives on an island and tooks many ideas to find out the right patterns. Marimekko’s classics are presents in Finnish everyday life especially Unikko designed by Maija Isola who tranformed in 1950 the company’s textile printing and home decoration and spread Marimekko all over the world.

The fair also contents ahead!, an international and dynamic area in which are presented new ecxiting designs and materials and innovative ideas of interior. This year the subject is the Children’s Hospital 2017 by Design Studio Muotohiomo, who wants to create a design and confortable environmentent for the hospitalized childrens and their family.

EcoDesign exibition selects designers from six countries, Finland Sweden, Japan Russia Mexico and China and will give a awarded prize of 5,000 euro to the best creative handmade wood piece of forniture, to create a wooden ecologically project. It’s also an invitational exibition from international designers and young talent from Finland and abroad.

Outside the fair many exibitions are organized in the hart of Helsinki, Design Forum Finland sponsored by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design, promotes with its showroom and shop a world’largest collection of finnish fashion and design. Designdistrict, a late night shopping concept, many stores and galleries and restaurants open the doors untill 9 pm, both local than visitors. Design Seminar at Savoy Theatre: Dreaming and Doing, discussing the developers of Wood City at Jätkasäari, a masterpiece of latest wooden Finnish architecture; and Pecha Kucha Night, twenty picture and 20 minutes on the stage,to share the new and visionary ideas of each creative architect or designer. Design Museum organizes exibitions on design history and contemporary art and design with its rich and unique objects collections, mostly glass and ceramics (Arabia; iillata) collected from the best international Finnish art and Design and internationals design works, a dialogue of past present and future. 

At last i buyed my peace of Finnish design in iittala by Fiskars the market leader in Nordic glass factory and goods for the home, essential objects of everyday life but enrich of functional an timeless design, sure to came back home and to have something special to never throw it away.