• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Iceland

Sep 6, Fri 09:00-11:00
Event type
Registered Only
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You are welcome to have breakfast at the residence, designed by Lars Sonck and Onni Törnqvist, and join the Design Diplomacy discussion between designers Valdís Steinarsdóttir and Tuula Pöyhönen. The discussion follows the residence’s Art Nouveau spirit. The apartment was used as a student dormitory during the 1970s, and the big rooms and halls were divided into small single units. The building has been the Icelandic Ambassador’s residence since the year 1999 when it was fully restored to its original style.

Valdís Steinarsdóttir is an Icelandic designer who focuses on material experiments and finding unique solutions to social and environmental issues. Through her projects she wants to have an open discussion with an audience, getting to the bottom of why we as a society think certain things are beautiful, interesting, ugly or offensive, and to bring social changes through her design for the better. Valdís was nominated for the Icelandic presidential innovation awards and won the first prize in the prototype category at Forum Design de Paris.

Tuula Pöyhönen is a fashion and concept designer specialized in new concept development with an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing processes in the textile and clothing industry. She enjoys the challenge of merging cutting edge design, brave branding and the commercial reality.

The event is full.

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




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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