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Design Forum Finland

Design Forum Finland is the promotion organization of Finnish design. It is run by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design which, established in 1875, is the second-oldest design-industry organization in the world.

The mission of Design Forum Finland is to support affluence and competitiveness in the economy and society by promoting widespread utilization of design.

Our activities include design exhibitions, publications, design prizes and competitions, and media and sales promotion services, among others. One of the core businesses is to promote design among small and medium-sized enterprises which is achieved by various projects both nationally and internationally.

Design Forum Finland’s main customer target groups are design intensive companies, designers and design agencies, international and domestic media and the general public – exhibition visitors, shop customers etc. Our contact groups form a national and international design network, with the members of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design as its core.

Today, Design Forum Finland has a staff of around ten design professionals. 50 % of our annual funding comes from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The rest consists of project-specific support, grants and own earnings, investments and financial activities.

The office of Design Forum Finland is situated in the heart of Design District Helsinki, at Erottajankatu 7. Design Forum Showroom, a joint project of several design organizations, can be found at Erottajankatu 9 B.