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Weekly Tips: What to do in December

In December, we’ll visit exhibitions, wheel some clay and witness the making of a classic piece of furniture. Weekly Tips is a monthly series of ideas for design enthusiasts. We have a couple of tips to make kids happy, too.

Finland 100: a critical map

An exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts takes a critical view on the 100-year-old nation. It consists of the works of 12 art students, asking what is really going on in Finland behind the curtain of independence and the centennial celebrations.

Finland 100: a critical map
Exhibition Laboratory, The Academy of Fine Arts
Merimiehenkatu 36, Helsinki

MUJI pop up

Desired Japanese design meets the beautiful neo-classical architecture by Lars Sonck, when MUJI opens a pop up store in the Tori Quarters. The store, along with pop up shops by Kuusi Collective, Books & stuff and Moccamaster, is open only during Christmas season.

Muji pop up
Tori Quarters
Sofiankatu 4, Helsinki

Immaterial – studies about glass and light

This exhibition at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre presents lighting experiments with LED lights reflected on various glass surfaces. It explores how to use glass to create different moods.

Immaterial – studies about glass and light
Iittala & Arabia Design Centre
Hämeentie 135 A, 00560 Helsinki

Lounge Chair Atelier at the Artek Helsinki store

Eames Lounge Chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956 is a classic. Saturday 2 December provides an opportunity to witness the making of the piece as Vitra brings its Lounge Chair Atelier to the Artek Helsinki store. During the day, master upholsterer will finish three Eames Lounge Chairs. See video of making Eames Lounge Chairs here.

Lounge Chair Atelier
2.12. at 10-18
Artek Helsinki
Keskuskatu 1 B, Helsinki

We Jazz

‘Tis the season to be much more than jolly. The largest annual jazz event in Helsinki promises to present “the best jazz of our time”. This year it will feature Verneri Pohjola Group, Elifantree and Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen, among others.

We Jazz
Several venues in Helsinki

Literary Classics with WSOY

To celebrate Finland 100, WSOY is publishing jubilee editions of classic Finnish literature with new covers designed by contemporary artists. The Helsinki Contemporary exhibition puts the original covers on display. The works are auctioned 17 December, and the funds are donated to charity. Artists include Karoliina Hellberg, Kuutti Lavonen, Rauha Mäkilä and Anna Tuori.

Literary Classics with WSOY
Helsinki Contemporary
Bulevardi 10, Helsinki

Siltanen Christmas Market

This is where you’ll find the most urban Christmas gifts: graphic art, ceramics, books and handmade candles. The Siltanen bar will serve hot and cold beverages, and the inner courtyard downstairs will feature kids’ event Skidilän joulu.

Siltanen Christmas Market
10.12. at 11-17
Hämeentie 13, Helsinki

Kallio Calling:
The Christmas of Udumbara

Kallio Calling is a week-long Christmas event presenting small companies in the Kallio district of Helsinki. During the event, ceramic studio Udumbara is open in the evenings from 16.00 to 20.00. Finnish ceramics are on sale at the studio, and you’ll have the chance to make your own flower pot on the wheel.

Kallio Calling: The Christmas of Udumbara
11.-17.12. at 16-20
Studio Udumbara
Kaarlenkatu 15, Helsinki

Especially for kids:

Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth: Winter Circus Play

Hurjaruuth’s celebrated Winter Circus focuses on games: What do we do when we play games? Do we experience freedom, do we challenge boundaries? Winter Circus Play blends circus with video art and dance.

Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth: Winter Circus Play
Pannuhalli, Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 P, Helsinki

Christmas at the Ehrensvärd Museum

Located in Suomenlinna, the Ehrensvärd Museum presents the history of the Swedish era in the fortress. The first occupant of the Commander’s House was fortress founder Augustin Ehrensvärd. During the day, you can take a tour of the site with Fortress Gnome Carl, admire 18th century interiors and hear stories about noble homes in the time of the Enlightment.

Christmas at the Ehrensvärd Museum
2.12. at 11-16
Ehrensvärd Museum
Suomenlinna B 40, Helsinki

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