Events 2021

Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Our programme consists of exhibitions, workshops, parties, open houses, seminars, fashion shows and much more. We can expect inspiring content for both design professionals and those interested in design.

The 2021 festival will take place in the city and online from 9 to 19 September. To receive the latest news and updates in your email, please subscribe to our Weekly newsletter here.

Main venue Glasshouse Helsinki

This year the Helsinki Design Week main events will take place on Aleksanterinkatu, the premises of Glasshouse Helsinki. HDW will be spread on the second, third and fourth floors of the building. Our main exhibition will be U-joints, an ensemble curated by Anniina Koivu and Andrea Caputo, which has gained visibility and fame in the international design and architecture circles. 

In addition, we’ll produce an “Office of the Future” set to showcase the most inspiring Finnish spatial design and to study the ways of working in the future.

For more information about the main exhibition, please contact project manager Ilona Jämsen by email at ilona.jamsen[a] or produce Jenny Järvinen at jenny.jarvinen[a]

Design Market

The largest design outlet event in the Nordics, Design Market is one of the most popular events during Helsinki Design Week. To apply to become a vendor, please click here.  If you would like to become an event partner at the Design Market, please contact Ilona Jämsen at ilona.jamsen[at]

Helsinki Design Week 2019 Design Market

PechaKucha Night

One of the most popular presentation formats in the world and the most eagerly anticipated evening event of the Helsinki Design Week. The rules of the talk format are clear: 20 images, 20 seconds, which allows each speaker to talk for six minutes and 40 seconds on any topic they may choose. This event concept initiated among Japanese architects has already spread across more than 1200 cities. Luovi Productions behind HDW has organized PechaKucha nights in Helsinki for nearly 20 years. Over the years, we’ve heard about a chef’s spa experience and from a fashion designer inspired by Soviet architecture, a graphic designer fascinated by traffic signs and a photographer crazy about football. In 2020 we heard from Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, film director Virpi Suutari and architect Teemu Kurkela, among others.

If you would like to become an event partner at the PechaKucha Night, please contact programme director Anni Korkman at anni.korkman[at]

Children’s Design Week

Children’s Design Week promotes design education and improves architecture and design literacy. There will be an abundance of events, workshops and things to do and see for families with children. Children’s Design Week is open and free of charge for all. Children’s Design Week is part of the “Culture Path” concept by the City of Helsinki.

Event partners are an important part of Children’s Design Week, and we welcome all applicable companies to join us! Our previous partners include SuoMu, Teknos, Lindström, Annantalo, Etana Editions and the City of Helsinki.

If you are interested to become a partner at Children’s Design Week, please contact Helena Fernström by email at helena.fernstrom[at]


In addition, our programme includes main events such as Open Studios, Open Showrooms, Design Diplomacy and the Helsinki Design Awards. Due to the exceptional conditions caused by the Covid19 virus, these events will not be held this year but in 2022. For more information, please contact Anni Korkman by email at anni.korkman[at] 

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