Design makes your head spin – this list by Design District will guide you through the festival

Do you have trouble choosing from the wide selection of the Design Week´s program? No problem! We have gathered a list of the events held at the Design District Helsinki during the Helsinki Design Week festivities. Take your pick of the gallery openings, pop up exhibitions, design and fashion sales – everything a design-lover might need.

We update the events on this page, so keep your eyes open.

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Paloni Pop Up Store

Paloni Pop Up is open until the end of September at Eteläesplanadi 4

Paloni presents an impressive array of Finnish fashion and design from 50 designers, all made in Finland. The pop up shop is open for August-September 2018 in Helsinki city center, right by the Esplanadi park and Market Square. For September, we share the shop & fun with BELIEVE by Tuula Rossi jacket collection.

Marimekko x WST Second Hand Pop-Up Shop

Come and discover selected pre-owned Marimekko pieces right in the heart of Helsinki! During Helsinki Design Week WST’s second hand Marimekko collection is exclusively available at the Marimekko Forum store, where you can discover items from previous and recent collections, and get inspired by unique vintage treasures. New items will be added to the collection every day.


Graduation work exhibition “Comfort Jewellery”

at Arela Studio, Uudenmaankatu 26, Helsinki


The final piece which is created alongside the thesis “Comfort Jewellery” is going to be exhibited at a beautiful store of Arela in the heart of Helsinki. My graduation work which you are going to see are made by upcycled materials and designed to comfort its viewer and wearer.

SIT ON ART at Artek 2nd Cycle
Open at the end of September, Pieni Roobertinkatu 4

Artek 2nd Cycle exhibits a unique edition of the iconic Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto transformed into individual pieces of art by Artist Ines Sederholm. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Galerie Forsblom, who will also be exhibiting Aalto furniture painted by Ines Sederholm during the Helsinki Design Week!

Elina Maalismaa´s work exhibited at the Artisaani store


Artisaani presents small-scale paper sculptures, watercolour paintings and acrylic paintings on veneer by Elina Maalismaa. Some of the sculptures utilize recycled materials. Elina Maalismaa is a designer and artist from Rovaniemi best remembered for her lace-like veneer work.

MEM ENDURE -fashion exhibition

11.9. – 15.9.

Finnish avantgarde brand MEM’s fashion exhibition will be shown at HETZUKOTO. MEM, known for its unique silhouettes and groundbreaking way of using only post-consumer materials, are showcasing unique pieces from their latest collection ENDURE.

Print and Pattern Exhibition at R/H´s Market

6 – 16.9. Weekdays 10 – 19, Saturday 10 – 17, Market Helsinki, Pohjoisesplanadi 19

As a part of Helsinki Design Week, R/H showcases a Print and Pattern Exhibition of the most popular and meaningful prints from the previous seasons. Creative Director of R/H, Emilia Hernesniemi, is the creator of all R/H prints. Utilizing different techniques Emilia has managed to bring to life captivating prints with interesting and personalized stories behind them.

EMOVEO at Design Museum´s backyard

6.9. – 16.9.

EMOVEO is an art and design exhibition by 11 designers who are Aalto University MA students, with 10 different nationalities. During Helsinki Design Week, the museum yard of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum will host an exhibition about movements in contemporary design from young makers’ points of view.

Artek x Forbo Linoleum x Aalto University

Exhibition at Artek Helsinki Store 6.9.–29.9.2018
Openings Sep 11, Tue 17:30-19:30

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.

Paja&Bureau SIDE SHOW


Paja&Bureau will host the annual SIDE SHOW group exhibition featuring an eclectic collection of design-inspired pieces from the most interesting names in Finnish contemporary design. The exhibition is inspired by the annual Fuorisalone events during Milan Design Week and will include a unprejudiced collection of unique pieces from the cross section between art and design which you can’t see anywhere else.

Exhibition party on 8.9! Supported by Suomenlinnan Panimo

Furniture exhibition at Casuarina


Antti Tuomi and Sakari Hartikainen display their latest works at Casuarina Showroom during Helsinki Design Week. The designers met earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan, where each participated with their own exhibitions. Thanks to Casuarina’s invitation, Tuomi and Hartikainen now create their first joint furniture exhibition. 

LOKAL+ and the Young Designer of the Year

The prize exhibition is open until 16th September 2018 at Lokal Plus gallery, Annankatu 11.

The Young Designer of the Year 2018 is Master Cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen. Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year is given to a person who exhibits new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize is to encourage young designers to carry out uncompromising and original work in design.



Milla Vaahtera – Dialog at the Design Museum

7.9. – 28.10

Dialogue is an exhibition consisting of mobiles and stabiles made of free-blown glass and hand-worked brass. The ethereal pieces are a revival of the mobile tradition that emerged in the 1930s. The heavy glass parts and the delicate brass seek a balance with each other, thus creating tensions within the works.

See the whole selection of the Design Museums HDW-program here

Finnish Architecture – Review 2018 at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

Arranged in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects and the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Finnish Architecture 2018 is an in-depth biennial review of the most recent Finnish architectural trends, demanding restoration projects and interesting new housing designs, selected by an international jury.

Lokal: Bloom exhibition


BLOOM is Lokal’s biannual youth exhibition, featuring the works of artists and designers under the age of 30. As the fifth exhibition of it’s kind, Bloom has become an established portal for young blossoming creatives to showcase their pieces in a curated context.



Design and Hygge at Design Museum

How are design and hygge linked together? What does hygge mean in the city environment? How can hygge improve our life quality, and how does hygge relate to happiness?

These questions will be answered in a panel discussion with experts from both Denmark and Finland at the Design Museum in Helsinki, in “hyggelige” surroundings. Speakers include Director Anne-Louise Sommer from Design Museum Denmark, a designer from Bo Concept and various experts in hygge and in kalsarikännit. The discussion is moderated by Sami Sykkö.

Design Forum Talk <3 Circular Economy

13.9. from 9-16 at Allas Sea Pool

Design Forum Talk <3 Circular Economy Day focuses on the circular economy, its business models and circular design. At the event, there will be expert talks about sustainable growth and circular business models as well as case examples from companies that are already using design as a strategic tool for circular businesses.



Myssy X TRE – Crafts with the Grannies

10.9. 17-19 ja 15.9. 10-14, World Of TRE, Mikonkatu 6

On Monday the 10th Myssyfarmi & TRE will host a knitting circle together with the Myssy Grannies. Sign up for the evening and knit a Myssy hat of your own. If you know the very basics of knitting, this is a mission that is very much achievable! The grannies will guide you through the art of knitting and help you out, if finishing the hat is too complicated.

Surday the 15th Myssyfarmi & TRE will host a crafts workshop open to families. Come in and make a pompom of your own!

#Olerohkea -workshop for families

15.9. at 10 – 16 and 16.9. at 10 – 16 at Kattilahalli, Suvilahti

Organized by the Design Museum and Ornamo, the “Design Kiddie Academy” lets children work together with design professionals on different problem-solving exercises. The design tools used include curiosity, empathy, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping and testing. Design Kiddie Academy – Workshop on Courage is a workshop concept by Design Kiddie Academy’s designer and teacher Natalia Ritari.



Johanna Gullichsen and the Colours of Kyoto

11.9. – 15.9.

Johanna Gullichsen exhibits for the first time in Finland her new concept collection created together with several Japanese manufacturers. From traditional techniques to modern surface materials for public spaces, the collection showcases cooperation, communication and pattern adaptation into a different cultural environment.

Cabinet of Design Curiosities at Poiat Showroom

13 – 15.9. at Merimiehenkatu 22

Cabinets of curiosities, also known as ‘Cabinets of Wonder’, were small collections of peculiar objects which exhibited the wonders, oddities and as well as the beauty of the natural world. Poiat will attempt to recreate this artefact with contemporary design. The objects to be presented are the new cabinet collection of Poiat, which is designed by Antrei Hartikainen, and the new glass collection of Katriina Nuutinen, which will be launched at the Helsinki Design Week 2018.

Nordic Boudoir — Finarte’s Room of Global Spirit

14. – 15.9. at Pursimiehenkatu 3

“A boudoir is a beautifully decorated room used for sleeping, entertaining and relaxing.”

Come experience a modern boudoir – a room that offers a place of refuge, a multi-sensual oasis and a small break from the city’s bustle. The boudoir brings together souvenirs from around the world in the form of colours, patterns and handicraft traditions that are reflected in Finarte’s new Global Spirit collection.



Rakkautta & Anarkiaa x Helsinki Design Week

Thursday, September 13 at 6pm – Samuji House

A Night at Samuji: Fashion on the Screen

Discussions about fashion and movies, and foshion in movies and documentaries + bubbly

Concert at the Design Museum

Sep 15, Sat 13:00-14:00 and Sep 15, Sat 15:00-16:00 REMEMBER TO REGISTER!

The Process of Becoming is a live concert promenade for bass clarinet, choir and generative sound installation that will premiere in the exhibition Timo Sarpaneva at the Design Museum Helsinki during the Helsinki Design Week.

The performers will echo the atmosphere Timo Sarpaneva’s designs radiate and the soundscapes of glass blowing. The Process of Becoming uses the whole space and existing soundscape of the Helsinki Design Museum as a ‘concert hall’ where, instead of sitting on a chair, the musicians and listeners move around the space.

Katri Niskanen / Helsinki Design Week

6.9.-15.9. Bulevardi 15

A white creation by fashion designer Katri Niskanen will fascinate you in a display window on Bulevardi during Helsinki Design Week. You are welcome to colour, draw or write on it! Let’s make it even more interesting and especially more colourful – together. Helsinki Design Week, the creation will be photographed by a professional photographer and pictures will be sent to all interested participants.

Anki Shop & Showroom

6. – 16.9.

Anki celebrates Nordic heritage of design and handcraft. Due to this, they want to highlight natural materials and Nordic design. That is why they will have -20% of a selection of rugs in the Anki Shop & Showroom during the Helsinki Design Week.