Open Call – Helsinki Design Week 2020


For the main exhibition of Helsinki Design Week 2020, curator Margriet Vollenberg invites international creatives to submit their work(s). From 11–13 September 2020, the newly renovated Olympic Stadium will form the stage for ground-breaking design projects and installations reflecting Nordic design principles. Interested in presenting your work at the largest design week of the Nordic countries? Apply now before 6 April 2020.

As Helsinki Design Week is an important part of Finnish design culture, Vollenberg is looking for entries that speak and connect to the Nordic community and far beyond. Helsinki Design Week and Vollenberg have together formulated the key Nordic design principles central to the main exhibition:

“Nordic design is often designed based on a human need and is distinguished by ‘timelessness’, by respect for the environment and responsibility for the world in which we live. The Nordic ‘less is more’ design approach means that it never loses its warmth and hominess that makes it so beloved around the globe,” explains Vollenberg.

For the exhibition in the historic Olympic Stadium, Vollenberg is looking for projects and installations reflecting these principles, for instance, material and form research, interactive projects, and works with a focus on sustainability. All international exhibitors, from emerging designers to established architects and from academies to design collectives, who feel connected to this concept are asked to apply.

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