The Finnish Institute at Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki 13-17 September 2017


The Finnish Institute at Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki 13-17 September 2017

Habitare, the leading furniture, design and interior decoration fair is organised on the 13th to 17th of September in Helsinki. The fair offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces.
To be held concurrently with Habitare are the Antiikki – antique event, HighEnd Helsinki, Showroom and Forma events for professionals. This year Japan will be presented through multiple topics.

From left: Kati Laakso (The Finnish Institute), Miryon Ko (21_21 DESIGN SIGHT), Ikko Yokoyama (+M Hong Kong), Kai Kartio (Amos Anderson Art Museum), Jukka Savolainen (Designmuseo) and Ville Tikka (Wevolve)

A panel discussion “Design Museums of Tomorrow” will be moderated by the Head of Culture and Communications Kati Laakso from the Finnish Institute in Japan. During the discussion the panelists will share future scenarios of design museums, both from a Finnish and Asian perspective.
Participating the panel discussion will be Miryon Ko, Executive Officer, Communications and Programs from 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Jukka Savolainen, Museum Director of Designmuseo, Ville Tikka, Strategy & Design Director at Wevolve, Ikko Yokoyama, Design and Architecture Curator at M+ Hong Kong and Kai Kartio, Museum Director at Amos Anderson Art Museum.

Miryon Ko from 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will also hold a keynote speech “From “Chocolate” to “Athlete”: 10 Years at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT” right before the panel. Ko will be speaking about the history and architecture, concepts and research methods of the unique museum she has worked at since its opening.

Miryon Ko’s keynote speech From “Chocolate” to “Athlete”: 10 Years at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is held on Wednesday 13 September 15:30 at Showroom in Messukeskus.

Panel Discussion “Design Museums of Tomorrow” moderated by Kati Laakso is held on Wednesday 13 September 16:00 at Showroom in Messukeskus.

One of the keynote speakers for Habitare is the Chairman and Representative director of MUJI, Masaaki Kanai. Kanai will be The International Friend of Habitare 2017, and additionally to his keynote speech he will choose the most exciting products and phenomena at Habitare. Masaaki Kanai is expecting to see a design aesthetic that originates from Finnish nature, as well as many products that bring together traditional culture and modern technology.

MUJI will also make its first appearance in Finland with a pop-up store throughout the fair. The Japanese brand is known around the world for its affordable, aesthetically minimalist and beautiful everyday objects, clothes and home appliances. In Japan, MUJI has branched out into house concepts, selling prefab homes and renovating old apartment buildings.

Masaaki Kanai will hold his keynote speech on Wednesday 13 September at 14.30 at Habitare in Messukeskus.
MUJI pop-up store will be open throughout the duration of the fair.

United Stories is a collaboration between Finland, China, South Korea and Japan, which explores how cultures can be fusioned in design. Maija Puoskari, Hanna Ahonen and Timo Niskanen worked with Japanese local productions and Finnish aesthetics.

United Stories will have their own section throughout the duration of the fair, and a presentation on Friday 15 September at 14:00 and on Sunday 17 September at 12:00 in Messukeskus.

Masao Kobayashi, a Japanese MIYADAIKU (宮大工) carpenter, will speak about the traditional temple carpentering technique. Miyadaiku is an old japanese technique that treats wood as a natural material taking into consideration the character of each individual tree. Kobayashi is a director and a teacher in the Toryo Ikusei Gakkõ school that trains carpenters in the Japanese temple craft tradition.

Masao Kobayashi will be speaking about Miyadaiku carpentering on Thursday 14 September at 14:00 at Showroom.