• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Norway

Sep 10, Tue 09:00-11:00
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In the old villa neighborhood of Eira is situated Norway’s embassy, which has been designed by the Norwegian architects Retzius and Bjoland. The building has been voted many times the ugliest building in Helsinki, partly because it doesn’t fit into the district it is located in. The building is surprisingly bright inside due to its huge windows typical of the architecture of the time.

In 2013, ALA Architects updated the building to meet today’s technical, aesthetic and functional requirements. The assignment also included interior design.

We will hear a Design Diplomacy discussion between Oslo-based Norwegian designer, Kristine Bjaadal, and textile and surface designer, Reeta Ek.

Kristine Bjaadal is an Oslo-based Norwegian designer whose work combines the functional with the sculptural. In her work she focuses on everyday life; her practice is driven by the desire to turn the daily routine into rituals that can be appreciated. Her works have a poetic quality where the use of materials and design unite to give associations with sculpture as well as to their functional use. Bjaadal’s work spans from product design for commercial clients to the handmade small-scale production of craft objects. During the last few years she has also been working increasingly with exhibition design.

Reeta Ek is a freelance textile and surface designer living in Lauttasaari. Her background is in fine arts, but after an increasing interest in patterns and prints, she applied to study textile design and graduated with an MA from Aalto University School of Arts and Design.  Reeta has worked for brands such as Marimekko, Lapuan Kankurit and Nanso. She was nominated as the Young Designer of The Year in 2017.

Register to the event here.

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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