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.
 
 
Open Call for projects for 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. Supporting this year’s theme Commitment Matters, 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 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.

 
Helsinki Olympic Stadium, photo credits: Helsinki Design Week
 
The main exhibition will showcase and highlight why the key theme Commitment Matters is so topical and even so quintessentially Finnish. The Olympic Stadium is a great example of commitment, reflecting the high-quality renovations done by the city of Helsinki to this extraordinary modernist building. With consideration for this special venue, the Nordic Design principles will be connected with the three Olympic values, Excellence, Respect and Friendship. These values symbolize the Finnish culture and attitude and will be central to how Vollenberg as curator will curate and build the main exhibition.

The main exhibition in the Olympic Stadium will take place in different rooms, halls, the outside gallery and even on the running track.

 
What are we looking for?
For the Open Call for projects we are looking for:
  • Projects and works by/from (international) academies
  • Projects and works by design and architecture studios
  • Outdoor installations
  • Interactive installations
  • Design installations
  • Architectural installations
 
 
We look forward to receiving your application before 6 April 2020. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us via info@helsinkidesignweek.com.
 
 
Practical information

Helsinki Design Week 2020

Main exhibition at Olympic Stadium
11-13 September 2020

Location
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Paavo Nurmen tie 1
00250 Helsinki, Finland

 
About Organisation in Design

Organisation in Design is an Utrecht- and Milan-based PR and event studio in the international design field. They believe that design makes this world a better place and that designers are an important part of positive change. Ventura Projects are produced by Organisation in Design and are curated exhibition areas that cover the latest developments in contemporary design. Each Ventura Project consists of carefully selected exhibitions and often offers a platform for temporary initiatives, special projects and/or creative concepts. Ventura Projects stand out with their focus on curated content, creativity and experimentation. The Ventura Projects family has vastly expanded worldwide and includes exhibitions in Milan, Berlin, London, Kortrijk, The Hamptons, New York City and Dubai.
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About Helsinki Design Week
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. 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. Helsinki Design Week is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy. The next Helsinki Design Week will be held on 3–13 September 2020.
More information: www.helsinkidesignweek.com

More information

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