Helsinki Design Week

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  • 1st September 2015
  • About Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015. Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, […]




    About

    Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015.

    Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 150 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public.

    The Helsinki Design Week main events are produced by Helsinki Design Week and its main partners. The Helsinki Design Week programme is produced in cooperation with national and international stakeholders and an extensive event-planning network. The programme is completed with selected events from an open call for programme entries. In 2014 the festival boasted about 110,000 visitors.

    The festival programme takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.

    Helsinki Design Week is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy.

     

    Featured events

    Below you will find some of the Design inspired events taking place throughout Helsinki Design Week. But there is so much more going on including a Lego Collective Workshop, The Children’s Weekend and A Focus on the Future of Cities. Check out on their site!

     

    A Workshop by Proloque Shop 10.9.15

    © JONNA JÄRVINEN

    ..”a workshop may be a room or building which provides both the area and tools (or machinery) that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods.” (wiki)

    Proloque believes in the future of a fascinating live shop experience and unforgattable objects. Proloque Shop invited set designer and artist Jonna Järvinen to A WORKSHOP by Proloque Shop. In this Helsinki Design Week -evening Järvinen will finalize her magnificent dome-installations for Proloque, also upon customers wishes. Jonna Järvinen’s dome-installations are fascinating micro worlds that pay attention to the small details in life and nature surrounding us.

    You are welcome to follow and interact with her work or just enjoy our HDW evening,  where both beautiful objects and a shop comes alive. Small refreshments will be served.

     

    Cityspace 3-13.9.15

     

     

     

    A multi-dimensional meeting point of art and design, built out of containers by the seaside, right next to the newly renovated Old market hall of Helsinki. The transformable containers will work as a stage for surprising spaces and events where people and companies from different fields meet and create new and lively urban city culture. The event is produced by Hei Helsinki and Misc. Management.

     

    Anthology of Finnish Fashion 3-13.9.15

     

     

    This exhibition approaches its topic through nine themes: Folk, Globalization, The Engineering Mindset, The Millennium, Modernism, Change, the Economic Boom, Winter and Equality.

    In this exhibition, fashion is understood in a broad sense. The exhibits include technological clothing design, such as a motorcycle outfit and smart sportswear.

    The heritage of modernism is prominent in Finnish fashion design. Typical features of Finnish fashions in the spirit of modernism are practicality, functionalism and usability. The Modernism theme features work by Samuji and Irja Leimu, among others. On the other hand, the idiom of form is also influenced by colourful folk-inspired maximalism and decorativeness. The designers presented in the Folk theme include Sophie Sälekari and Annikki Karvinen.

    The conditions under which Finnish fashion and clothing designers have worked have changed radically from the 1950s to the present day. During the heyday of the Finnish fashion and clothing industry from the late 1960s to the beginning of the 1990s, there were over 500 manufacturers in this sector, employing a large number of designers. When trade with the Soviet Union collapsed and the clothing industry moved out of Finland, designers had to find new ways of earning their livelihood. Around the turn of the millennium,  brands established by young designers began to emerge in Finland. At present, Finnish fashion is a seamless part of international fashion.

    Designers and brands featured in the exhibition include Achilles Ion Gabriel,Ivana Helsinki, Jasmiine Julin-Aro, Karhu, Satu Maaranen, Makia,Marimekko, Mattisen Teollisuus, Daniel Palillo, Plastic Pony, Jukka Rintala,Anna Ruohonen and Vuokko.

    The curators of the exhibition are Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at Design Museum and journalist Liisa Jokinen. The exhibition architecture is by Linda Bergroth.

     

    I Heart Vallila 5.9.15

     

     

    The I Heart Vallila -urban event takes place on 5 September in Vallila. The event opens up the workshops, companies and brick-and-mortar shops of Vallila and makes visible the creative professionals working in the neighbourhood. Doors will be open and everyone is invited to meet the makers and creative workers of Vallila.

     

    The Charm of Musical Instruments 5.9.15

     

     

    Families are invited to the world of musical instruments in order to discover how the shape of the instrument affects its sound. Heureka Science Centre organises a workshop where children (5 years or older) can make curious and surprising “scientific” musical instruments. Jamkids Music School offers a music workshop where everyone can play. Jug band Dog in a Bucket presents and plays their home-made instruments.

    Children can try various instruments under the guidance of music teachers from the North Helsinki Music School. Mubik, a mobile game and virtual musical instrument, is presented as an example of the future.

    The event takes place in the Music! exhibition of the Helsinki City Museum.

    To meet the rest of the team and find out more about the events, head over to www.HelsinkiDesignWeek.com

     

     

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    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe

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  • 21st July 2015
  • -Night Fly- - 80 x 80 cm

    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe was born and lives in one of Denmark’s culture cities, Copenhagen. Known for its embrace of artists, Claus has nurtured his career here to go on to specialise in Landscapes, which are shown through his solo exhibitions.       We spoke with Claus and asked him to take us through […]




    Danish artist – Claus Thurøe was born and lives in one of Denmark’s culture cities, Copenhagen. Known for its embrace of artists, Claus has nurtured his career here to go on to specialise in Landscapes, which are shown through his solo exhibitions.

     

     

     

    We spoke with Claus and asked him to take us through his history and how his talent has evolved.

     

    I have been creating art since 1983 when I started with collages of paper.
    1986 was the year I started painting. First on plates then on canvas in 1989. I have over the years made paintings inspired from the industrial environments, Japan, the Faroe Islands, natural landscapes cityscapes and people.

    Back 1987 I visited Israel for a month and spent my time sketching and drawing.

    After returning home, I was more focused on my style and used acrylic on masonite. This turned into a series of portraits.
    The following month I started painting with acrylic on canvas and depicted the industrial environment, sports, theater and other subjects under the title Figurative Cubism.

     

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    In 1991, I was in Japan for 3 months. There I was fascinated by the old Japanese woodcut prints Ukiyo-e. I visited many ukiyo-e exhibitions and decided to work with motifs from a Cubist perspective.

    I have now painted Cubist Ukiyo-e since 1990 and still enjoy it  to this day. I find it inspiring especially because I can see that my style evolves and the paintings change expression.

    In 2008, I was asked to illustrate children’s and workbook “Timo Moto adventure” with my Japanese paintings. This resulted in a series of paintings.

    In that period, I have also visited the Faroes several times and tried to express my experiences in my work. My Faroese paintings, allow me to show the magnificent natural scenery and the interaction between it and the man-made constructions upon it.
    In 2010, I began to combine the Japanese and Faroese landscape in a kind of “Landscape Fantasy”.

    In 2014, I visited New York and this inspired my work with cityscapes.

     

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    I then started to paint significantly different from my previous paintings where I previously had a far tightened control of painting. The new design choices challenge me with the many striking colour contrasts and the heavy brushstrokes. During the process, the paintings seem fairly chaotic for me, where I eventually tighten up the result. This appeals to me a lot.

    I try now to combine the old buildings with the modern buildings that are springing up everywhere these days. The urban skyline is changing forever these days.

    I’m very inspired by Copenhagen and other European medieval cities. Their random urban design with nice big beautiful buildings, where the atmosphere is reflected by colours. I portray but also depict the small streets and squares, and quirky spaces. The buildings dark windows capture the imagination and ask the question  “what happens there, what life is lived there”.

    I visited New York in 2014  and tried to capture the city’s historical ambience. The city is almost done on a drawing board, but despite its wide open streets and squares, there is a high degree of proximity. I made my Nordic comment to New York in 12 paintings.

    Early in 2015 I decided to try to illustrate through my paintings, the electronic sense and the electronic human in the digital age. The digital society today is very individual in all directions. This resulted in a series of paintings in which I plan to continue working within this style.

     

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    Exhibitions

    Denmark in Museums, exhibition halls, galleries and art fairs.
    Exhibitions in Norway, The Faroe Islands, Japan, USA.

    I have received a Danish scholarship “De Bielkeske Legater”.

    Check out ct-art.dk for more information

     

    Upcoming Exhibitions 

    Solo exhibition at Gentofte Townhall, Copenhagen. August 2015.
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    Exhibition in Gallery Habsø, Midtjyllands Kunst Center. October 2015
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    Christmas exhibition at The Peter Faber House, Copenhagen. December 2015

     

    Paintings 

    Gimignano” – 130 x 150 cm
    Inspired by San Gimignano, which is an Italian city located in Tuscany.
    San Gimignano was in 1990 UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s well-preserved and unique medieval architecture.

     

    Gimignano - 130 x 150 cm.

     

    View from Brooklyn Bridge” – 80 x 80 cm
    Inspired of New York, when I was walking to Brooklyn on The Bridge.

     

    -View from Brooklyn Bridge- - 80 x 80 cm

     

    Dome” – 60 x 80 cm
    Inspired of The Marble Church in Copenhagen. It was build 1749-1894 and is landmark for a part of Cph. called “Frederiksstaden” (Frederik City).

     

    -Dome- - 60 x 80 cm

     

    Night Fly” – 80 x 80 cm
    The digital human having an evening stroll in cyberspace

     

    -Night Fly- - 80 x 80 cm

     

    E-Links” – 80 x 80 cm
    The digital human creates connections crisscrossing

     

    -E-Links- - 80 x 80 cm

     

    Watch a video about Claus https://vimeo.com/115210998

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    Espoo. – Scandinavian Design, Antwerp

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  • 7th July 2015
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    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and […]




    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and precise, gave versatility within itself and was coming through as a style which was both relevant and more importantly, in demand.

     

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    espoo.

    espoo. was the first interior design shop in Belgium in 2009 that shows some of Scandinavians best design brands in a whole new concept. The roots of espoo. have remained Scandinavian but are now woven with brands from the entire world. A bit further on the road, we opened espoo. bütik in 2013. While espoo. mainly focusses on the furniture- and lighting collections, espoo. bütik shows accessories and carefully selected design objects.

     

    epoo

    As an interior design- and lifestyle shop, espoo. shows design that brings joy in everyday life. This results in 2 young and pure design shops that are unique by its ease and simplicity; meeting points for the young and old masters of design. We believe in design that tells a story and we carefully select products that last for ages. No nonsense, simple and easygoing. The concept of espoo. was created by a young team, resulting in a new, fresh and pure design store that stands out thanks to its plainness and ease.

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    Furniture Collections

    Asplund, Swedese, HAY, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen, ferm Living, andTradition, Secto Design, ARTEK, Zweed, String, GUBI, Luckyboysunday, Architectmade, Donna Wilson, Sandqvist, Frama Cph, Ontwerpduo, Makers with Agendas, MENU, Karimoku New Standard, Geografia Japan, Studio Snug, Paper Collective, Tom Pigeon, SIWA, Mae Engelgeer, Alissa + Nienke, Plant & Moss, Stattmann Neue Möbel…

     

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    Find out more at espoo.be

    Photos copyright Ans Brys Photography

     

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    La Boutique Danoise – Paris

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  • 12th May 2015
  • Outside La Boutique Danoise

    Nordophiles in Paris can get a hit of their addiction by visiting La Boutique Danoise. I spoke with Benjamin Chapuis who was only too happy to showcase this fantastic slice of Danish design, in Paris. La Boutique Danoise, founded in 1954 by Peter Holm, is currently managed and run by Benjamin and Alain Chapuis. The […]




    Nordophiles in Paris can get a hit of their addiction by visiting La Boutique Danoise. I spoke with Benjamin Chapuis who was only too happy to showcase this fantastic slice of Danish design, in Paris.

    La Boutique Danoise, founded in 1954 by Peter Holm, is currently managed and run by Benjamin and Alain Chapuis. The shop is considered the mecca of Denmark’s cultural presence in Paris and has long been a cherished meeting point for the Parisian high-society. It brings together the most renowned Scandinavian artists and designers in all areas of furniture and applied arts. The new La Boutique Danoise store, situated at 264 Bd Saint Germain in Paris, showcases a selection of timeless furniture by designers such as Hans Wegner, Borge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen, Fabricus Kastholm and Bruno Mathsson as well as other young artists in the likes of Christina Strand, Louise Campbell and Thomas Pedersen.

    La Boutique Danoise

    Where lighting is concerned, La Boutique Danoise presents the famous works of Poul Henningsen (from the PH series to the Artichoke), in partnership with Louis Poulsen, as well as the playful creations of Le Klint.

    The tableware displayed mainly consists in Royal Copenhagen porcelain, with the historical Flora Danica dinner and tea service designed for the Empress Catherine of Russia, the traditional blue plates as well as the successful Blue Flutted Mega collection.

    The store of course also displays the beautiful glassware by Kosta Boda, the famous Orrefors vases as well as the numerous creations of Alvar Aalto.

    Finally, a special space is dedicated to the silversmith Georg Jensen (1866-1935) and includes many works of designer Henning Koppel (1918-1981).

    Come and visit La Boutique Danoise today and experience for yourself the beautiful world of Scandinavian design!

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