• Discussion

Design Diplomacy - Norway

  • Industrial design and products
Sep 13, Wed 17:00-19:00
Ullanlinna, Helsinki
Event type
Registered Only
Accessibility for all

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 in the quarter 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.

During the evening Julie Tolvanen from Studio Tolvanen and Norwegian Lars Beller Fjetland discuss their passions. You can enjoy the high-class art and design after the dialogue.

Lars Beller Fjetland grew up on the west coast of Norway, where he has nurtured a lifelong fascination for the marriage of function with the finest of nature’s materials in furniture, interiors and lighting. His core philosophy is to design products that achieve a sense of both timelessness and longevity through an immediate, honest functionalism in form and aesthetic. Sustainable yet sophisticated solutions for a smarter tomorrow. He established his self-entitled design office Beller Design in 2011 while still a student at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

Julie is an American designer who has founded Studio Tolvanen with her husband Mika in 2015. Julie studied architecture at the University of Washington and worked as a woodworker over a decade before moving to Finland, where she studied furniture design at Aalto University. They design furniture, lighting and objects in a former bakery in Helsinki.

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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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