Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York

Once again, Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York will open virtual doors to the prestigious Nordic consular residences in a series of engaging talks. Invented by Helsinki Design Week, Nordic Design Diplomacy boldly combines traditional diplomacy with informal dialogue, how design is used to share different perspectives on culture and values. This time, these conversations invite two professionals in the field to share their experiences and perspectives working in different cultural contexts, in the Nordics and the USA. 

Nordic Consul Generals will host talks with Nordic and American design professionals, discussing life and work based on questions pulled from a specially curated deck of cards. This year, due to Covid-19 requirements of social distancing, the conversations will be pre-recorded at the residences, and launched for public viewing on consecutive days at NYCxDESIGN’s Design Days between May 13-18 2021. In addition to the conversations, the audience will learn about the design and history of the consular residences as an embodiment of Nordic values through virtual tours of these unique spaces. Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York videos will be presented in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week and NYCxDESIGN. The events are free of charge. The series is supported by The Nordic Council of Ministers. 

This year’s specially featured speakers are: Einar Hagem (LundHagem), Francine Houben, (Mecanoo), Hlynur Atlason, (ATLASON / studio), Todd Bracher (Todd Bracher Studio), Teemu Suviala (Facebook Reality Labs), Debbie Millman (Design Matters), Eva Christine Jensen (Eva Jensen Design), Kyle Bergman (Architecture and Design Film Festival), Claudine Eriksson (Graphic Designer and Art Director), and Anna Burckhardt (Curator and Writer).

NORDIC DESIGN DIPLOMACY TALKS SCHEDULE (all times in Eastern Standard Time)

All videos will be posted here on this page according to the schedule below.



May 13, 12:00 PM

Virtual salon from The Residence of Consul General of Norway in New York Hosted and moderated by Harriet E. Berg, Consul General of Norway in New York


Einar Hagem, Founding Partner & Architect, LundHagem

Francine Houben, Founding Partner & Architect, Mecanoo


May 14, 12:00 PM

Virtual salon from The Residence of the Consul General of Iceland in New York

Hosted and moderated by Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General of Iceland in New York


Hlynur Atlason, Designer, Founder, ATLASON / studio

Todd Bracher, Designer, Founder, Todd Bracher Studio

Presented in collaboration with Iceland Design and Architecture and DesignMarch


May 15, 12:00 PM

Virtual salon from The Residence of the Consul General of Finland in New York

Hosted and moderated by Mika Koskinen, Ambassador, Consul General of Finland in New York




Teemu Suviala, Head of Brand Design, Facebook Reality Labs

Debbie Millman, Designer, Author, Podcast host: Design Matters


May 16, 12:00 PM

Virtual salon from The Residence of Denmark

Hosted and moderated by Ambassador Berit Basse, Consul General of Denmark in New York



Eva Christine Jensen, AIA, MAA / Eva Jensen Design

Kyle Bergman, Director, Architecture and Design Film Festival


May 18, 12:00 PM

Virtual salon from The Swedish Residence

Hosted by Annika Rembe, Consul General of Sweden in New York




Claudine Eriksson Graphic Designer and Art Director, Claudine Eriksson

Anna Burckhardt, Curator and Writer, Anna Burckhardt




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NYCxDESIGN is a not-for-profit organization committed to empowering and promoting the city’s diverse creative community. NYCxDESIGN started as a City-led initiative in 2013 and through grassroots efforts evolved into an influential entity, unifying New York’s creative capital under one umbrella and drawing significant exposure and opportunities to the City’s design disciplines, people, events, and related industries. NYCxDESIGN organizes exceptional year-round programming, including its annual international festival. Diversity, purpose, cultural placemaking, economic opportunity, and creativity are core to the not-for-profit’s values.   


Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council are the main forums for official Nordic co-operation, which involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Our vision is to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world.

Press materials:

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Questions and enquiries: Anssi Vallius, Adviser for Cultural Affairs and Creative Industries, Consulate General of Finland in New York,

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