Aalto’s faculty and students power Helsinki Design Week

Aalto University people play a prominent role at Helsinki Design Week (HDW), which starts today.
EMOVEO: Vacuum, my dear by Carlos Alves Ludovico. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Today is the opening of Helsinki Design Week, the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. The festival will take place in Helsinki from 6 to 16 September and it will spread around the city. The HDW, established in 2005, will feature a variety of design, fashion, architecture and urban culture. The festival program includes about 250 events which attracted a total of 161,000 visitors last year.

Aalto University students, teaching staff and alumni are involved in numerous events this year: Exhibitions, design innovations, bringing smart design and intelligent textiles into everyday life, artwork transported to your door - and much more. 

See student exhibitions at HDW

Artek and Forbo Linoleum celebrate over eight decades of close industrial partnership by inviting Aalto University Master’s Degree Programme in Furniture Design students to experiment with wood and linoleum. Under the theme of Hospitality, the future designers have been challenged to create products that express what hospitality and hosting is all about: trust, generosity and goodwill. The finished projects include products as varied as serving trays, cabinets, coat hangers, coffee tables and several other material experimentations.

Artek x Forbo Linoleum x Aalto University 6–29 September at Artek Helsinki, Keskuskatu 1 B

SCOOT – Reinventing Urban Mobility exhibition showcases seven functional electric scooter concepts designed and manufactured by Aalto master’s students from the Collaborative and Industrial Design programme. The concepts were done as a part of the Form Exploration course and in collaboration with the Finnish electric scooter manufacturer Meeko. The concepts challenge the current electric scooters with their elegance and functionality, and showcase new solutions for urban mobility.

SCOOT – Reinventing Urban Mobility from 6–16 September at Elisan Kulma, Aleksanterinkatu 19
EMOVEO is a collective exhibition about contemporary design movements from young people's point of view. The exhibition is linked to time and place: moving from Arabia to Otaniemi, experiences at the dawn of graduation, and the transformation of the design sector in the midst of global changes. The name of the exhibition means moving or shifting, and its key themes are change, migration and related emotional reactions. The works of the students deal with physical transitions as well as with movements of mind and making.

EMOVEO – Movements in Contemporary Design from 6–16 September in the courtyard between Helsinki Design Museum and The Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Don’t feel like going out? Get student works sent straight to your door with Design Delivered

On 13 September, you can have Aalto University students’ works delivered to your home as part of a partnership with food delivery service Wolt and Helsinki Design Week.

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Other Aalto Art, Design and Architecture at HDW:

Helsinki Design Awards proudly presenting the shortlist of the Young Talent of the Year; among the nominees are Aalto alumni Maria Korkeila and Matti Liimatainen 

Guided Tour in Aalto University's New Väre Building 11.9., 13.9., Otaniementie 14

Smart Textile Summit 12.9., Aalto University Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9

Design & Government 13.9., City Hall lobby, Virkagalleria, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

HDW Architecture Day 13.9., G18, Yrjönkatu 18

Future Fabric seminar 8.9., Tiedekulma, Yliopistonkatu 4

Future Food Stories Exhibition 6.–14.9., Kellohalli, Teurastamo, Työpajankatu 2

Keru Community Fridge 6.–16.9., Kalliolan setlementtitalo, Sturenkatu 11, 00510 Helsinki

Edible Stories Workshop 16.9., A21 Flavour Studio, Teurastamo, Työpajankatu 2

Getting Started with Experience Design 11.9., Ture Room, Rikhardinkatu Library, Rikhardinkatu 3

Design with Movements 10.-12.9., Studio Kipsari event room + Aalto Fab Lab, Aalto Studio, Otakaari 7

Aalto Design Research: Fasttalk Superday 10.9., City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13

Design Diplomacy discussions 6.–16.9. at several Amassador residences

Helsinki Design Trust - HDW 6.–16.9., the City Hall at Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13

BLOOM Youth Exhibition 6.–16.9., Annankatu 9

Sensory Pavilions 2017–2018 exhibition 22.8.–15.9., Aalto University Learning Center, Otaniementie 9, Espoo

Children's Design Week at the City Hall: City as a Designer – Children’s Urban Research Lab (CURL) 10.–14.9., City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Children's Design Week at the City Museum: Voyage to Mars and Other Design Challenges (Aalto University Junior) 12.–13.9., City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16

Aalto alumni:
- The RAW exhibition 5.–8.9., Pursimiehenkatu 12, Helsinki (Susan Elo)
- HDW HOP: Nexus 10 -installaatio 6.–16.9., Stockmann’s, Aleksanterinkatu 52 (Maria Korkeila)
- Pipeline of Trust installation 6.–16.9., Koulupuistikko, Ratakatu 2 (Terhi Ekebom)
- Exhibition at Artisaani, Unioninkatu 28, Helsinki (Elina Maalismaa)
- Arkki – Karkkitehtuuri® -workshop 15.–16.9., Kattilahalli, Suvilahti. Sörnäisten rantatie 22 (Pihla Meskanen)
- Participatory Spaces – Design Tools in Developing Socially Accessible Spaces 6.9., Diak ammattikorkeakoulu, Kyläsaarenkuja 2 (Mariia Niskavaara)
- Paja&Bureau SIDE SHOW 6.–16.9., Korkeavuorenkatu 7 (Nathalia Mussi, Maiju Uski, Wilhelmiina Kosonen)
- Milla Vaahtera – Dialogue 6.–16.9., Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23
- Timo Sarpaneva – Exhibition 6.–16.9., Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23

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