• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2018 – The United Kingdom

  • Fashion and textile design
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The British Ambassador’s residence is one of the most beautiful villas in Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto district. Designed by architect Jarl Eklund, the building was completed in 1918. It has served as the British Ambassador’s residence for over 90 years and has hosted many noteworthy events, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Helsinki’s Olympic Games in 1952 and the Queen’s visit in 1976. Today, the residence remains largely the same as in the early years, doubling as the ambassador’s private residence and as a location for embassy events.

Design Diplomacy at the British Embassy residence brings together this year’s HIAP design residents: Laura Spring and Elina Laitinen.

Laura Spring is a textile designer and maker in Glasgow. Laura works primarily as a print-maker creating bold, graphic designs in her independent studio. Staking out the correspondence between the handmade and the batch produced, she is at the same time a researcher of historic production cultures that she re-activates as the base of her creative production.

Elina Laitinen is a fashion designer working at the junction of art and design. Elina has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Hyères Fashion Festival in 2012 for a collection she designed with Siiri Raasakka and Tiia Sirén. In her work, Elina explores new fashion design practices that pay attention to the larger social implication of productive work.

Read more about the HIAP residency programme.

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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