HDW Main Venue: Merikortteli

ExhibitionDiscussionPartyArchitectureUrban planningIndustrial design and productsDesign thinkingDigital designGraphic design
When Wed 13.09.2023 - Sun 17.09.2023
Time Wednesday–Friday 2–8pm
Saturday–Sunday 12–8pm
Where Pursimiehenkatu 29, 00150, Helsinki
Accessible Yes

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HDW’s Main Exhibition tackles changes in work and living spaces – The unique main location at Merikortteli offers a Talks programme and inspiring encounters for both professionals and wider audiences. There will be two exhibition floors (the 1st and the 6th) and stage next to the Let Me Wine & HDW Bar.

Completed between the years 1919 and 1934, this industrial block of houses encompasses a rich history which makes it an ideal setting for presenting the future ways of life, living and working. The temporary design exhibition will be built in existing urban premises full of stories to both inspire and pursue sustainability.

6th floor: Exhibition, Stage and The Let Me Wine & HDW Bar
Innovative material solutions, inspiring collaborations and more will be displayed by dozens of exhibitors, carefully selected by the curator Ulla Koskinen. This is also where you can listen to the Talks or just reflect upon the experiences gained at HDW over a glass of wine, will also open above the city roofs for the duration of the event.

Päiväkohtaisen  Weekly Talks Progrmme has been released and can be found here.

6th floor list of exhibitors includes

Aalto-VTT Fold

Aalto WUUD

Artek, Juslin Maunula




Carl Hansen & Søn





FDB Møbler

Finnish Design Shop

FINOM x Minä Perhonen



Henki Furniture


Iina Kettunen

Ilona Rista

Johanna Gullichsen

Massimo Copenhagen


Moomin Arabia

Mölinä, PUISTO collection

New Works

Nikari, Woodnotes

Ponsia x Rakla

Reeta Laine





Squarely Copenhagen




Woven Works

Ylämaan Graniitti

You can learn more here. 

1st Floor: Multidiscplinary prototypes, installations and new ideas

You can tune into the new, rebellious edge of design on Merikortteli’s ground floor, where the spaces will be taken over by, among others, Aalto University students from different fields. Processuality and incompleteness are an intrinsic part of creative work and at the core of design. Open discussion, a nurturing dialogue and the collision of new discoveries with familiar structures are an integral part of HDW’s operations, which will become visible on the ground floor of the Main Exhibition. On view will be prototypes and installations from emerging creators in the fields of interior architecture and lighting. Works from the Imagine Everyday – Outsider Art Finland exhibition, which has also been on view at the Institut Finlandais in Paris, will be displayed. 

1st. floor exhibitor list includes

ARTEFAKTI (The Master’s of Contemporary Design programme, Aalto University)
ProtoPlay (Henri Aarnio, Bianca Byggmästar, Kristoffer Heikkinen, Zsuzsanna Horvath, Sebastian Högnabba, Josh Krute, Tomi Laukkanen, Pilvi Martikainen, Marjut Nousiainen, Maiju Uski)
HEHKU (Interior Architecture Department, Aalto University)
Muoti + Tunne (Ilona Hyötyläinen/Miun, Marjut Uotila/Dusty, Johanna Vainio & Merja Seitsonen/vainio.seitsonen)
Ode to Construction (Polina Joffe)

Learn more about the exhibitors here.

Tickets are also sold at the main venue