Main events

The largest design festival in the Nordic countries brings over 200 events to Helsinki every year. The festival programme includes exhibitions, workshops, open houses, seminars, fashion shows and much more. The events are targeted for both professionals and the general public.

Main venue 

Every year, Helsinki Design Week takes over an inspiring main venue. This year, we are once again exhibiting in a surprising venue and we warmly welcome old and new partners to join us.

If you are interested in joining in our main venue in 2021, please contact Jenny Järvinen, jenny.jarvinen[at]

In 2020, HDW’s main exhibition took place at the newly renovated Olympic Stadium. In its main exhibition at the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki Design Week introduced creatives in various stages of their careers. The youth categories were held to help the young people gain experience and break personal records. National and international recognition was achieved through expertise and vision. Also held was an important PechaKucha Night as well as the Children’s Design Weekend Programme. The exhibition balanced between the motto of the Olympic Games “Citius, altius, fortius” (‘Faster, higher, stronger’) and design’s focus on proving that less is more. The exhibition was a great success considering the Covid-19 pandemic and had over 4,000 visitors. Read more about the exhibition here.


In 2019, HDW took over a neo-renaissance palace at Erottaja2 in a building that was opened to the public for the first time. The exceptional space was filled with equally fascinating exhibitions: Room with a View, which consisted of thirty rooms, each offering a different perspective on design work; and DesignPartners19, bringing together creatives that had more in common than expected. The exhibition was a great success and had over 14,000 visitors.Organizations and individuals participating in the exhibition included Artek & Teemu Lehmusruusu, Frankly by Finnish Design Shop, Leena Kouhia & Tapani Rinne, Asun & Marimekko, Iittala, Woodio & Arteflos, Lucas Zanotto, Klaus Haapaniemi and Secto Design.

Design Market 

The largest design stock sale in the Nordics kicks off the HDW festival also this year! The new hybrid version of the classic event now takes place at the Cable Factory, online and in physical stores around the city. All vendors are carefully selected to present the very best of furniture, interior and fashion design. At the Design Market, you can buy off-season products and prototypes at affordable prices.  The event brings together yearly almost 30,000 people onsite, and last year the online version attracted over 25,000 people to the online shops. In 2021, Cable Factory will also host a curated programme created by programme director Anni Korkman. Design Market is a perfect way to promote your products, services and company to a wide audience interested in design.

If you are interested in joining the Design Market as a partner, please contact us at ilona.jamsen[at]

Helsinki Design Week 2019 Design Market

Children’s Design Week

Children’s Design Week provides children with a creative programme and promotes design education and knowledge of the built environment. The weekday events are aimed at schools and preschools. During the weekend is a programme for families that includes workshops, events and installations. The Children’s Weekend programme is produced in collaboration with a wide group of stakeholders. The event partners are the heart of the event, and we warmly welcome partners to join in our children’s festival. Partners in the previous Children’s Design Week: SuoMu, Teknos, Lindrström, Annantalo, Etana Editions and the City of Helsinki, among others.Helsinki Design Week produces the children’s programme in collaboration with outside event producers, and all events are free.

If you are interested in joining Children’s Design Week as a partner, please contact us at helena.fernstrom[at]

Helsinki Design Awards

Helsinki Design Awards celebrates the design field and recognizes makers, ideas, companies and ideas in five categories: Lifetime Award, Promise of the Year, the Design Deed of the Year, the Product of the Year and the Public Choice. We will meet the finalists in all Helsinki Design Weekly channels, and the gala night will take place in September. The Public Choice category adds its own, positive excitement to the campaign.

If you are interested in joining the Helsinki Design Awards as a sponsor, please contact us at jenny.jarvinen[at]

Open Studios

Open Studios is a series of events taking place in creative studios that make design processes visible by showing us where the work takes place. More than twenty studios take part, and the event becomes more and more popular all the time. In what kind of tower does an architect get her finest ideas? What does an award-winning creative agency’s co-working space look like? Open Studios is also an opportunity for creative companies and communities to take part in Helsinki Design Week and share any news with the HDW audience.

If you are interested in joining Open Studios as a partner, please contact us at ilona.jamsen[at] you are interested in showcasing your studio in the Weekly online media platform, please contact communications[at]

Open Showrooms

The concept of an open showroom is familiar from all international design festivals. This is an opportunity for design professionals to introduce themselves to a wide group of importers and manufacturers.

If you are interested in joining Open Showrooms as a partner,  please contact us at ilona.jamsen[at] you are interested in showcasing your showroom in the Weekly online media platform, please contact communications[at]

Design Diplomacy 

Design Diplomacy is a discussion event that opens the doors of embassy residences that only few have been allowed to see. One design professional from each country meets a Finnish designer in a Design Diplomacy card game. Playful questions challenge both the speakers and the audience. In addition to this half-hour discussion, you will learn interesting details about the unique residences and their architecture over a glass of wine. How many ambassadors have lived in the apartment? How does the place reflect its history and use? How have the ambassadors decorated their home? Design Diplomacy is an event concept launched by Helsinki Design Week in 2016. In addition to Helsinki, Design Diplomacy discussions have been organized in Reykjavik, Tokyo, Madrid, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm and New York.

If you are interested in joining Design Diplomacy as a partner,  please contact us at anni.korkman[at]

Design Diplomacy 2019 - Minna Parikka and Matteo Ragni

PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha is one of the most popular presentation formats in the world. The rules of the talk format are clear: 20 images in 20 seconds, which allows each speaker to talk for six minutes and 40 seconds in total on any topic they may choose. This event concept developed by Japanese architects has spread across 1200 cities, and Luovi Productions behind HDW has been organizing PechaKucha nights in Helsinki for nearly 20 years. Over the years, we’ve heard from a chef about their spa experience, 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 Helsinki’s Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, film director Virpi Suutari and architect Teemu Kurkela, among others.

If you are interested in joining PechaKucha Night as a partner,  please contact us at ilona.jamsen[at]

City Installations

Major urban installations take over the city during Helsinki Design Week. The installations consist of works by Finnish and international designers and architects, addressing current phenomena and issues. The yearly installation series renews itself, and we are open to ideas and installation proposals.

Please contact our programme director Anni Korkman for additional information at anni.korkman[at]


Data-Driven Design Day

The event brings together professionals from the data-driven design field from across the globe. For four years in a row, the event has attracted an audience of over 300 attendees, which means reaching about 200–300 digital designers (UX, interaction, service etc.). The 2021 conference is planned to be held as a hybrid event both streamed online and held on-site in the Helsinki city center.

In this full-day event, we will have an outstanding line-up of speakers, a perfect balance between domestic greatness and insightful keynotes from international guest speakers! Data-Driven Design Day has found its place and is highly awaited yearly among professionals, and it is seen as the networking event of the autumn. The full-day event is a great place to promote your company, product or service to both clients and possible recruits. The language of the event is English. We warmly welcome partners to join in this outstanding event for tech-oriented professionals!

Please contact ilona.jamsen[at]  to discuss partnering opportunities. Partners from previous years: DNA, Frantic, Avaus, OP, and SC5.

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