• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2018 – Ireland

Sep 15, Sat 14:00-16:00
Irish Embassy Residence, Tehtaankatu 34 A, Helsinki
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Registered Only
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The Irish Embassy Residence takes part in the Design Diplomacy concept for the first time this year.

The Ambassador of Ireland’s official residence has been located at the Tehtaankatu 34 A premises since 1993, the year in which the Government of Ireland established a resident embassy in Finland. In addition to functioning as the ambassador’s private residence, the premises play an important role in the representational work conducted by the embassy.

The ambassador’s official residence was designed by Armas Siitonen in 1918. Originally constructed as a private residence, the building was at one time owned by the Gesellius family. In 1920, to the west of the property, another building designed by Siitonen was constructed, which is of a similar style and form. A solid granite masonry terrace with white balustrade on the edge emphasizes the building’s hipped roof. From the general appearance, the building is classical in style, with a decorative façade. The exterior and interior columns are ionic, a style used in ancient Greece. Elements of Irish design can be seen in the representational rooms, most notably the Irish Waterford Crystal chandeliers.

At the Irish residence, we will dive into the world of ceramists Chloë Dowds and Saija Halko.

Chloë Dowds is an artist living and working on the East Coast of Ireland. She has studied art, design, art teaching, art history and ceramics extensively. Dowds makes beautifully tactile wheel-thrown porcelain tableware. Attention to detail is paramount in her work. Dowds has exhibited at Ceramic Art London and she is an Ambassador for European Ceramics 2018 with the Future Lights programme. In June 2018 Dowds was honoured with an RDS Craft Award for her work.

Saija Halko is a Helsinki-based designer, specialized in ceramics and glass. She is interested in everyday tools, where quiet and simple forms are combined with quality materials. Halko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ceramic and Glass Design from Aalto University and is currently working on her Masters of Applied Arts and Design at Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture.

The event is full.

The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.


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