• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Belgium

Sep 6, Fri 17:00-19:00
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Located in the historical Kaivopuisto district, the Embassy of Belgium in Helsinki and the Embassy residence are under the same roof in a building built in 1970. The unique design is the fruit of Finnish-Belgian cooperation by Roger Bastin and architect couple Lars and Mona Hedman. It resembles Aalto’s late style in the 1950s-1960s, specifically with brick as the construction material, and is compact and functional in its idiom.

We will hear an interesting discussion between designers Charlotte Jonckheer and Aino Michelsen. 

Charlotte Jonckheer conscientiously unfolds a design practice where every creation resonates a personal encounter, emotion or memory – an idiosyncratic understructure inspiring her to formulate the objects, surfaces and forms which will then allow her to share those unique and private moments outside of their initial positions in time and space. Through her design process – and led by her devotion to research and material study – Charlotte Jonckheer embeds her original incentives in a network of cultural and historical associations, both preceding and defining the materiality and aesthetics. Her works always introduce an interaction, either emotional, physical or circumstantial. She strives for intriguing and affecting designs which reinforce the relationship between user and object and could become the heirlooms for future generations: cherished and dear.

Aino Michelsen is a Helsinki-born furniture designer. Her interest in furniture design started during her high school exchange in Milan in 2007 when she visited the Milan furniture fair for the first time. A year later she started her bachelor’s studies at the Lahti Institute of Design and continued to studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating with a Master of Arts in Furniture Design in 2017. Aino considers the design process to be a very social experience, always taking into close regard whom she is designing for, who the manufacturer is, and what kind of collaboration evolves during the process. Aino has returned to Finland to continue her work at her own studio and currently works as the lead designer for the Finnish furniture company Interface.

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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.

Get to know the Design Diplomacy speakers’ works at the Design Diplomacy exhibition at Erottaja 2.


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