• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2019: The United Kingdom

  • Architecture
Sep 10, Tue 14:00-16:00
Event type
Registered Only
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The British Ambassador’s residence is one of the most beautiful villas in Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto district. Designed by architect Jarl Eklund, the building was completed in 1918. It has served as the British Ambassador’s residence for over 90 years and has hosted many noteworthy events, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Helsinki’s Olympic Games in 1952 and the Queen’s visit in 1976. Today, the residence remains largely the same as in the early years, doubling as the ambassador’s private residence and as a location for embassy events.

We will hear discussions on forests at the residence of the United Kingdom when the Helsinki Design Residency’s designer 2019 Luke Jones meets his Finnish counterpart architect and a cabinetmaker Mikko Merz.

Luke is an architect and writer whose work explores futurism, technology and the design and material process. He is the author, with Anna Mill, of Square Eyes, a graphic novel about robotic cities and augmented reality, and co-host of the podcast About Buildings + Cities. He is a member of the ecological design collective Heat Island and works on sustainable architecture and landscape projects at Mador Architects in London. He has lectured in architectural design and history for a number of years at the Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Mikko Merz is an architect and a cabinetmaker who’s expertise has origins in his childhood home where cabinet maker father Rudi Merz had his workshop. The combination of two professions has lead Mikko into working in various wood related projects both in Finland and abroad. Today he and his architect wife Laura Mattila form the duo Mattila & Merz, a design and architectural office specialised in wood. The projects vary from product design to buildings and often include the actual execution in addition to design work.

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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