What we do

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. The next Helsinki Design Week will be held on 9–19 September 2021.

Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners, and offers citizens a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes events targeted to both professionals and the general public.

The Helsinki Design Week main events are produced by Helsinki Design Week and its main partners. The Helsinki Design Week programme is produced in cooperation with national and international stakeholders and an extensive event-planning network. The programme is completed with selected events from an open call for programme entries. In 2019 close to 14,000 people visited the festival’s main exhibitions at the Erottaja 2 palace.

The festival programme 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 and Weekly are produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy. Luovi is specialized in curation, production and communication. Other projects include Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale and Valoon.

The strategy and objectives of the Helsinki Design Week festival

Helsinki Design Week’s objective is to be the most important platform for design action in the Baltic area. Our design-themed content is always topical, unpredictable and polyphonic. Over the years, we have grown an ecosystem for the design field, consisting of those who enable, buy, do and use design.

We divide our operations into three areas.

Curation 

Our festival programme consists of main events, partner events collected through an open call, and satellite events. The main events include our main exhibition, the Design Market outlet sales event, Children’s Design Week, and smaller events, including the Open Studios, Open Showrooms, Design Diplomacy and PechaKucha Night. Regarding the Open Call, it is important to us to stay a genuinely open platform for action, and we want to support established operators and beginners alike. 

Production

Helsinki Design Week strives to continuously explore the best practices of a climate-friendly urban and online festival. We collect lessons in main event production and encourage all event organizers to study the guidelines. We warmly welcome all notions and development ideas by email at info@helsinkidesignweek.com.

Communication

The main marketing channel of Helsinki Design Week is Helsinki Design Weekly, a design medium. Helsinki Design Weekly pursues year-round communication with various stakeholder groups. 

Helsinki Design Weekly

Helsinki Design Weekly is Finland’s leading design publication. The weekly online publication presents timely phenomena in the field of design and raises discussion on the future of the industry. Helsinki Design Weekly is published bilingually in both Finnish and English.

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If you are interested in writing for us, have news from the design industry to share or would like to advertise in Helsinki Design Weekly, contact us at anni.korkman[at]helsinkidesignweek.com.

The strategy and objectives of Helsinki Design Weekly

Weekly is an independent medium published by Luovi Productions Oy. Weekly publishes news about design, interviews of designers and stories about various phenomena. In addition, Weekly publishes a podcast through Radio Helsinki on Thursdays. In Weekly, we address the design fields professionally but comprehensibly. All of our text content is published in both Finnish and English. By publishing in English, Weekly supports the internationalization of Finnish designers. Weekly is read outside Finland, and at the moment, it is an important source of information for those interested in Finnish design. All of our operations are based on the principle of interactive internationalization, and we are open to phenomena outside Helsinki, too. All the content we publish online is free-of-charge to our readers. Weekly is committed to compensating writers and photographers appropriately. 

The most important objective of Weekly is to improve the design literacy of our readers. Once we know about design, it is easier to appreciate and critique design. 

To us, design is an extensive, continuously developing concept. That is why we address, in addition to design news, future-design concepts from design fiction to traditional building methods and from material innovation to urban development. It is important for the development of the design field to write about design in Finnish and to establish new design terminology in Finnish. Public discussion within the field of design is rare. 

Our objective is to present design as polyphonically as possible, and from various points of views. The call for Weekly content is always open, and you can suggest content to us any time you want. We strive to give a voice to both established design influencers as well as the newcomers. All you need to contact us is an idea, and we would love to hear your thoughts. Send us an email at communications[at]helsinkidesignweek.com

 

World Design Weeks

World Design Weeks is a network for design weeks and festivals around the globe.

The objective of World Design Weeks is to promote collaboration in the design field, to support product development and to develop the economy of creative fields. It provides networking and support to both the design field and fields that utilize design. Founding members include nine design festivals on three continents: Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Barcelona, Eindhoven and Helsinki. Today, World Design Weeks encompasses over 30 members worldwide.

Finland was the first country to have a president in the World Design Weeks network. The first president was Helsinki Design Week founder and director Kari Korkman.

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Helsinki Design Weekly is an online design publication presenting timely phenomena in the field of design and raises discussion about the future of the industry bolstered by top writers on the front lines.