• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2018 – Spain

Sep 12, Wed 14:00-16:00
Spanish Embassy Residence, Kaivopuisto, Helsinki
Event type
Registered Only
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The Spanish Ambassador’s residence, Villa Himberg, was created by Aarne Ervin in 1954.

We have an interesting dialogue planned for us. In the Design Diplomacy dialogue, designers Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and Harri Koskinen will talk about their passions.

Álvaro Catalán de Ocón’s design is based on a highly sophisticated vision of what makes an object special. His designs are clean and elemental, but rich in experience and associations. The easy and relaxed look of his realizations is achieved through an intensive process of study and reduction.  In 2004 he starts up his own studio in Barcelona where he designs LA FLACA lamp, winner of the DESIGN PLUS AWARD (Frankfurt), and finalist to the DELTA Awards in Barcelona. LA FLACA is now produced and distributed by Metalarte – Spain. During 2011 and 2012 he conceived and developed the PET Lamp Project which has been a growing success that has enable him to create the PET Lamp Studio Society so that the project can reach even further. This Project is backed up by several prizes and nominations: nomination for the London Design Museum as best product of the year, CODESPA for best PYME (SME), the AD prize for Best Emerging Design Studio, nomination for the Delta Award 2014 and a nomination for the German Design Award 2015.

Harri Koskinen is a Finnish designer that has an uncompromising, bold design aesthetic that has gained him international renown since the early days of his career. Practicality, a spare style and a conceptual approach to product and spatial design are Koskinen’s trademarks. In 2009, Koskinen launched his first namesake collection, Harri Koskinen Works. In January 2012 Koskinen was appointed Design Director of the Iittala brand. Koskinen’s works have been on display in exhibitions around the world. He has been awarded several major design prizes, such as the Kaj Franck Design Prize (2014), the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize (2009), the Pro Finlandia Medal (2007) and the Compasso d’Oro prize (2004).

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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