Helsinki design week 2012

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

Pavilion, the main hub for the design week and the Lahti: Biennale ‘13 pavilion


Helsinki must be the 'hippest' city to visit this year, not only it is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland ( from Turku), it is also the World Design Capital 2012. Before Helsinki, there were Turin in 2008 and Seoul in 2010 ( which I also visited for the first time), and in order to qualify, the city has to demonstrate that it is using design as "a tool to improve social, cultural and economic life".

I have never been to Helsinki before, so I thought a long weekend visit to the city during its annual design week would be inspirational. And I was not disappointed, in fact, I love it so much that I almost want to move relocate myself ( perhaps only during the summer seasons)! I like the size of the city, it's not so big so you can easily walk around or hop on and off the trams ( which are very frequent). I love the greenery, the friendly people ( including strangers who would smile at me on the streets or in museums), the architecture and most of all, the quality of life and how design is integrated into people's daily lives. The word 'design' is not an alternative term here ( for many people, they always relate this word to 'fashion' somehow), it is very much appreciated and a way of life. It is all about the details, quality and craftsmanship.


Celebrating 'designs' on the streets of Helsinki


With so many events and exhibitions going on, it was hard to pack everything in just a few days, but I managed it pretty well even though I was exhausted at the end of each day! I encountered so many interesting things and people, which I will have to blog about separately, but here are some of the photos from my truly inspiring trip...


Events & exhibitions all over town including the very packed weekend design market

At the Old custom warehouse

Stools installation at Stockmann department store;  a giant 'heart' and an ex-bus stand at the Cable factory


To be continued...



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