The snow is finally making Helsinki a bit lighter, and the year begins with a wallpaper workshop and documentary films about the origins of the materials of our everyday objects.
11 January – 24 January, Kämp Garden, Pohjoisesplanadi 33
The exhibition Shiga-Love and Magic Carpets shows a collection of works by Jussi Niskanen and Man Yau. The works are ceramic sculptures and oil paintings connected in the portrayal of time through using different layers which both hide something underneath them and expose new perspectives.
24.1. 5.30PM, Durat, Perämiehenkatu 24
Durat holds a panel discussion with perspectives on the meaning of colour in design and architecture. The moderator of the topical conversation is Tiina Aarras from Aalto University, and the designers in the panel are Yinka Ilori (UK), Kaori Pi (MOST Collective, NL), Aleksi Niemeläinen (Futudesign) and Päivi Meuronen (JKMM Architects).
Weekly loves a freebie, and on the 27th of January the Design Museum opens its doors for a free entrance and a dose of inspiration from the Josef Frank Exhibition. From 6 pm–7 pm there will also be a dreamy panel discussion about Josef Frank’s garden. What kind of garden can be found in his pattern designs? Garden researcher Julia Donner and textile designer Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen will share their insights on the topic. The conversation will be in Finnish, but the evening also offers a wallpaper workshop.
30 January – 31 January 2 pm – 9 pm. Telakka, Henry Fordin katu 6.
VALO/ON 2019 gathers together twenty-nine leading companies from the field of lighting. They will all present their most interesting and topical products as well as services. The event also includes keynote presentations from designers Rogier van der Heide and Christopher Bauder. This event is aimed strictly for architects, interior architects, lighting designers as well as well as other professionals working in the fields of electricity and real estate. Please note that the tickets are limites. The event is produced by Luovi Productions, an agency most well-known as the producer of Helsinki Design Week and Weekly.
28 January – 3 February
The field of product design is more and more problematic everyday, and not least because of the scarcity of materials. The ever-inspiring documentary film festival DocPoint is arranged again at the end of January, and this year the programme includes multiple critically acclaimed works regarding the origins of materials we use in our everyday lives. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know more about growing bamboo in Bangladesh (Shaheen Dill-Riaz: Bamboo Stories), or where oil comes from (Jasmin Herold, Michael Beamish: Dark Eden), or why are the forests turning into plantations in order to grow wood fast enough (François-Xavier Drouet: Le Temps des Forêts)? Also on our list: Daniel Zimmermann’s forest meditation, consisting of a series of 360 photos.