• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: Sweden

Sep 6, Fri 14:00-16:00
Helsingin keskusta
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The Swedish Embassy residence is located in the center of Helsinki and has been in use since the 1920s. In 1921 the Swedish state acquired the building, which was reconstructed once again, this time to serve as the Embassy of Sweden. The reconstruction was done according to the plans of Swedish architect Torben Grut with an external resemblance to the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The Ambassador’s residence is richly decorated with antique furniture and art representing different epochs and styles.

Finnish textile designer Johanna Gullichsen will participate in the Design Diplomacy discussion with one of Sweden’s most acclaimed contemporary furniture designers, Emma Olbers.

Finnish textile designer Johanna Gullichsen was born in Somero, southern Finland. Before finding an interest in textiles, she studied art history, literature and languages at the University of Helsinki. She then pursued an education in the skill of weaving at Porvoo Crafts School. Handweaving with the loom is her inspiration for exploring techniques and patterns, which is how most of her designs are born. Craft is a living design tool for her, always included in the narrative of her textiles. She is especially interested in the construction of fabrics and drawn to technically challenging designs, even though the final product might seem simple. The ready-made products that she designs are defined by the fabric itself, by its material or by its pattern.
Emma Olbers  is a Swedish designer and creative director. Her mission is to design good products – good from all aspects, including being good for our planet. In her studio in Stockholm, where she has been working for 20 years, sustainability has been consistent throughout everything she creates. Products should preferably be made from plant based or recycled materials, be carefully produced and last for a long time. She has collaborated with a number of Scandinavian companies, from Skagerak in Denmark to Ire, Skultuna, Asplund, Tre Sekel and Eldvarm in Sweden.
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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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