If you’re looking for the next Aalto and Marimekko, head to Helsinki in mid-September to discover new Finnish designers of everything from furniture to fashion, architecture and urban culture.
Helsinki Design Week was established in 2005 and is now the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. The 11-day event is held in a range of spaces and venues across the Finnish capital, from museums to seminar halls, markets and secret shops.
With hundreds of different events, targeted at both professionals and the public, its aim is to introduce new design and designers and promote Finnish design internationally.
The main events include the Design Market with 200 vendors, Open Studios where visitors can glimpse “behind the scenes”, the Children’s Design Week and the Helsinki Design Awards. Another popular element is the PechaKucha Night, which is a series of talks focused around 20 photos each shown for 20 seconds only.
Last year, the Design Week attracted around 170,000 visitors to both paid and free events.