• Exhibition


  • Industrial design and products
  • Architecture
  • Interior
Sep 12, Wed 12:00-20:00
Sep 13, Thu 10:00-19:00
Sep 14, Fri 10:00-19:00
Sep 15, Sat 10:00-18:00
Sep 16, Sun 10:00-18:00
Messuaukio 1
Event type
Selling Tickets
Accessibility for all
Event price
16€ / 10€

The largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 12 to 16 September 2018.

Habitare offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functionality and look of homes and other spaces. Habitare highlights the ideas and works by a new generation of designers and sparks discussion.


Habi Kids

Habi Kids – Caterpillar Kingdom is all about getting together with children to play with shifting sizes, and to stop and marvel at something small turning into something large. This imaginary journey takes visitors into nature on the back of a gigantic 40-metre caterpillar. The area, designed by the illustrator Janine Rewell, is a statement in support of children’s play spaces, providing an imaginary journey, including size-shifting. Along the way, visitors can grow from caterpillars into butterflies, while exploring the wonderful world of bugs. Habi Kids – Caterpillar Kingdom provides a place of relaxation for the entire family. The activities in the area have been designed by the founder of the Skidit (“Kids”) festival and special designer of children’s events, Aino Heikkinen. The rich caterpillar kingdom will offer, for example, guided workshops, a café, lazing about, bug-themed music workshops, insect-themed cross-stitching for children, and soundscapes from nature.

Habi Kids is in Habitare 12.–16.9.2018.



Habitare’s experiential Signals exhibition will explore future trends in interior decoration, housing and design, and will discuss social phenomena and megatrends through four different themes. The exhibition will be designed and produced by the trend analyst Susanna Björklund and the designer Sisse Collander.

Signals is in Habitare 12.–16.2018.



Habitare 2018 will present the four most exciting Finnish designers who the world should be following right now: Teemu Perttunen, Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, Teemu Salonen and Hanna Särökaari.

Talentshop is in Habitare 12.–16.9.2018.



Habitare’s Protoshop exhibition turns 10 years old, and presents 10–12 new prototypes or product ideas. The exhibition is curated by Elina Aalto, Krista Kosonen ja Saara Renvall from Imu Design together with Laura Sarvilinna, Creative Director of Habitare. The product ideas of the Protoshop 2018 will be launched on June 2018.

Protoshop is in Habitare 12.–16.9.2018.


Habitare Design Competition 2018

Organised by Habitare and the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Habitare Design Competition invites students at Finnish universities, institutes of higher education, or other educational establishments that teach architecture, design or art to propose fresh ideas on how to improve the sense of community in residential courtyards of blocks of multi-storey buildings, and how to implement these meeting places. The partner of the 2018 Habitare Design Competition is Bonava Finland. Bonava will implement uniform residential courtyards for the new blocks of multi-storey buildings to be built in the Postipuisto area of the northern Pasila district in Helsinki. JKMM Architects are responsible for architectural design of Postipuisto.

The finalists are presented in Habitare 12.–16.9.2018.


Kaj Franck Design Prize Exhibition

The Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017 has been given to clothing designer Anna Ruohonen. The beautiful Kaj Frank Design Prize Exhibition will be seen at Habitare 2018.

 The Kaj Franck Design Prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911–1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life.

 Anna Ruohonen, the winner of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017, has made a long, successful career in both Finland and France. She is a fine example of a fashion designer and entrepreneur who combines a strong creative approach with the technical mastery of clothing design skills. Anna Ruohonen has experience in long-term, successful co-operation with several major Finnish fashion brands. She has a distinct idiom that has found its shape and maturity over time and been influenced by her years of living in France. A courageous entrepreneur who has succeeded both domestically and globally, she sets an excellent example for young designers.

 The members of the prize jury of 2017 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland / chairman of the jury, Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Foundation, Professor Heikki Orvola, and Director Jukka Savolainen/ Design Museum.


Vuoden Huiput – Best Finnish Creative Design

Grafia’s non-profit Vuoden Huiput is Finland’s most significant creative design competition, which was founded by designers themselves in 1980. The awarded pieces of work will be showcased in the Vuoden Huiput Exhibition at Habitare 12.–16.9.2018


Habitare Arena Programme

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