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Design Forum Newsletter

April 2017


The next DESIGN FORUM date will be arranged on Tuesday 25 April in Kuopio, as part of the Design Week Kuopio program. The subject of the event is Competitive Edge from Design. The four company case presentations will bring out different ways to reach this goal. Haltian is a company specialized in productization of innovations and technological concepts, with design in a central role in this. Ville Ylläsjärvi will be presenting wearables by Haltian. Riitta Ojala-Fors from Topi-Keittiöt, a kitchen furniture company, tells how this company chose to make use of designers. Mika Heikinmatti from Abloy speaks about building a recognized Finnish brand and Pekka Kumpula from Seos Design about Merivaara. Merivaara has made use of design in its product development and recently received the Fennia Prize Grand Prix for its Q-Flow surgical light.

DESIGN FORUM dates are aimed at members of Design Forum Finland and at SMEs that seek competitiveness and growth. The events are expert-led discussion about topical themes and for networking. DESIGN FORUM date Kuopio is organized in cooperation with the Design from Finland brand of the Association for Finnish Work. The event is in Finnish. Photo: Kalle Kataila

DESIGN FORUM date: Competitive Edge from Design
25 April 2017, Restaurant Intro, Kuopio

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World Design Weeks, the network of design events from all around the world was founded exactly a year ago in Milan. Helsinki Design Week is the first host of the headquarters, with its Managing Director Kari Korkman as the first chairperson. The network celebrated its first anniversary in Milan at Salone del Mobile and the first WDW Summit will take place in Helsinki in September, when it's time for Helsinki Design Week. The nine founding members of the network are design events in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico City, Barcelona, Eindhoven, and Helsinki.


The second Design Week Kuopio takes place next week in this creative city in Eastern Finland. The theme of the event is "the many faces of design". The program presents exhibitions, seminars, various popup design shops and, among other events, architectural orienteering. The event is coordinated by Itä-Suomen Muoto with several local organizations and volunteers.

Design Week Kuopio 24–30 April 2017


The hundred years of Finland's independence contain design, too. The centenary exhibition, produced by the Finnish Institute in Estonia, presents one hundred objects, one from each year of our independence. They tell about a nation's journey and change, where design has been a part of life in a way or another. The exhibition has been curated by designer Pekka Toivanen and writer and art historian Anna Kortelainen. Photo: Sarvis sledge, 1967, photo Museokeskus Vapriikki

100 objects from Finland
24 March–28 May 2017, Design Museum
Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki