• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Denmark

Sep 12, Thu 17:00-19:00
Helsingin keskusta
Event type
Registered Only
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Located opposite the Old Church Park in the center of Helsinki, this apartment is the oldest among the ambassadors’ residences in the city.

Designer Jonas Edvard will participate in the discussion from Denmark together with Julia Lohmann, Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at the Aalto Univeristy.

Jonas Edvard is a Danish designer working and living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy, School of Design with an MA in product design. With an alchemist’s approach to the design process, Edvard experiments with natural resources and creates products where the perception of the material places the object in a new context. With a renewed focus on the aesthetic value and functionality of raw materials, Jonas Edvard explores the possibilities of sustainable design. His work is focused on research into raw and natural materials, the history of their use and the future of their existence. Through material experimentation, Jonas creates new material combinations which interact with our understanding of shape and matter and the life cycles of materials in our daily life.

Julia Lohmann is a Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design. She investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. Julia’s research interests include critical practice and transition design, bio materials, collaborative making, museums and residencies, embodied cognition, and practice as research. As designer in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, she established the Department of Seaweed, an interdisciplinary community of practice exploring the marine plant’s potential as a design material. She holds a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art, London.

The event is full.

Seats are limited. Please note that the registration is binding. Only two registrations to Design Diplomacy events per person.

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

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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