Celebrating it's fifteenth anniversary, this year's Helsinki Design Week titled "Mindspaces" focuses on climate challenges.
More than 200 events take place between the 5th and the 25th of September, all aiming to live and think in a more eco-friendly way. Indeed, Finland's largest design fair follows Helsinki's commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2035.
“Mindspaces” is this year’s theme of Habitare 2019, because “Metaphorically, the mind can be thought of as a house with different rooms”. This year the festival explores design-driven climate solutions combining design and science, showcasing designers and innovators leading the way in the development of climate-friendly solutions.
Anni Korkman, programme director of the Helsinki Design Week states the purpose of this Design Week and of design today:
“Helsinki Design Awards aims to encourage Finnish designers and design houses to engage more boldly in experimental collaboration across sectors, and proudly celebrate the added value created by design. During the climate crisis we still need products and services – they just need to be designed and produced in a different way. Design can be beautiful and sustainable, while promoting positive change in society".
The Helsinki Design Awards will recognize the work of designers in four categories: Product of the Year, Design Deed, Young Talent and Lifework. Works by the finalists will be exhibited at Erottaja2 from 6–11 September and the winners will be announced at the exhibition on 12–15 September. Participants will also feature on Radio Helsinki's 'Helsinki Design Weekly' programme from 12 noon to 1 pm on Friday, 6 September, and in the subsequent podcast.