World Design Capital Helsinki to host Design Week
HELSINKI, Finland, Sept 4 — Helsinki Design Week, one of Scandinavia’s largest design festivals, is taking place between September 6 and 16.
Nominated by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design as the World Design Capital for 2012, Helsinki is hosting the annual event showcasing both traditional and industrial design as well as fashion, communication and music under the theme of “co-creation,” which means creating together and combining design and art.
The 11-day programme includes about a hundred events held in different venues in the Finnish capital, including the Cable Factory. The main events will be held at the romantic-style Old Customs Warehouse located in the district of Katajanokka.
Events organised include galas, fashion shows, seminars, visits to studios, workshops and exhibitions. One of the highlights is the Design Market, taking place at the Cable Factory. At this market, fashionistas and design enthusiasts will be able to find items ranging from carpets to furniture but also clothing, household design items and more.
As part of the exhibitions, My House Arabianranta explores residential buildings in the city and their journey from artistic idea to everyday life. A daily tour will be given in the building of the day where residents will organise pop-up cafés.
Another major event to take place during the festival is the “who cares? design cares” show, which gathers the work of design students. The main topic is how design can improve people’s quality of life. The creations are specially conceived for personal and social well-being.
Throughout 2012, Helsinki, as the World Design Capital, has hosted a series of projects and events under the theme 'Open Helsinki — Embedding Design in Life', showcasing topics such as openness, transparency, curiosity, global responsibility and innovation.
Turin in Italy was designated as World Design Capital in 2010. The next city to host the series of events will be Cape Town in South Africa in 2014.
www.helsinkidesignweek.com/ — AFP/Relaxnews