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Design Forum Newsletter

February 2017


The worlds's northernmost design event, Arctic Design Week in Rovaniemi, starts next week. This year's theme is most important: Arctic Transition. How are these challenging changes met with Arctic expertise and especially with design? One of the regional trades is tourism, and developing customer experience in tourism will be the main subject of the Mish Mash Seminar on Thu 23 February. The benefits of Arctic technologies and design to the businesses are the subject on Friday. Architects from the northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway will discuss the same subjects at the North Calotte Symposium. Naturally there will be popup design shops, seminars and panel discussions, and many many exhibitions – including the Fennia Prize 17 exhibition, starting its tour here. The Fennia Prize exhibition will be on show at Korundi House of Culture until mid-March.

The organizers of Arctic Design Week are the City of Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi Regional Development Agency, and the University of Lapland Faculty of Art and Design in co-operation with Science Centre Pilke, Arktikum, Korundi and several business partners. The event is now organized for the ninth time.

Arctic Design Week 20–27 February 2017
Fennia Prize 17 exhibition 23 February–15 March 2017, Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi

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Now in Lahti, too: a Design Week! No better moment for this than the Nordic World Ski Championships. One of the top events of the week is Suomi 100 – Muotoilu 30 000 seminar, with six renowned alumni of the Lahti Institute of Design as speakers. The program of the week includes studio visits, popup shops. exhibitions and a mix-and-mingle party Designtärskyt. And, actually, the World Ski Championships.

Lahti Design Week 27 February–5 March 2017


What will Finland be in the future? This will be reflected upon in Suomi Forum, arranged now for the fourth time at the beginning of March in Lahti. Design is not particularly mentioned but the discussion will cover e.g. changes in work, entrepreneurship and business – and all these fields are profiting from design and design thinking.

Suomi100Forum, 2–3 March 2017, Sibelius Hall, Lahti


National economy has turned to grow, but only just. Could design be a tool for growth? This topical issue will be the theme in the DESIGN FORUM talk event in March. The discussion will cover growth challenges from various points of view: in national economy, in branding and design expertise of companies, and regarding to the ROI in design. Speakers include Vesa Vihriälä, Anne Korkiakoski and Päivi Svens. Company cases focus on the use of design and design management. The moderator is Arni Aromaa from Pentagon Design.

DESIGN FORUM talk: Growth from design
22 March 2017, Teurastamo, Kellohalli, Helsinki


One of Stockholm Design Week's product launches was Harri Koskinen's brass lamp for the Swedish company Svenskt Tenn. This renowned company, founded in 1924, is specifically known for its fabrics, furniture and home accessories, as well as for the high level of design and manufacture. The Shadow Play lamps by Harri Koskinen continue the line of plant-inspired products of Svenskt Tenn in a very interesting and modern way, creating dialogue with the classics of the company.


Stockholm gives us another piece of design news. A joint exhibition of Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year 2016, Laura Väinölä, and the Finnish visual artist Karoliina Hellberg is open for the public in the Finnish Institute in Stockholm. The Tower of Presence exhibition, illustrating the inner worlds of the two artists, utilizes cleverly visual arts and sound and lighting design, not forgetting spaces and moods created by plants and objects. The exhibition is open until early March. Image: Juho Huttunen

Laura Väinölä & Karoliina Hellberg: The Tower of Presence
10 Feb–8 March 2017, Finnish Institute, Stockholm


Sino Finnish 100 Challenge is a big joint project of Chinese and Finnish organizations, taking place in the centenary of Finland's independence in 2017. Participating are companies, schools and universities as well as public bodies from both countries. The project takes place in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou in China, and the aim is to find solutions where Chinese and Finnish cooperation and expertise are assets. The idea competition of the Challenge has recently been launched. Sino Finnish 100 Challenge is also an opportunity to boost exports for participating Finnish companies.