The Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition is part of the event Alla Luce del Nord (In the Light of the North), which provides a new kind of open arena for the exchange of ideas between designers and artists, Helsinki and Venice, and in a larger scale, between Finland and Italy.

Good design is both functional and pleasing to the eye and touch. Good design is also sustainable in the sense that it stands the test of time and use. Sustainable design is good for both people and the environment.

The Venice exhibition Sustainable Design from Finland is an event in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program. The 45 works at the exhibition represent the highest quality of Finnish sustainable design, ranging from jewellery to furniture and from bicycles to urban environmental design concepts.

The exhibition opens with an electro-acoustic concert by Aquatrio on 6 Oct 2012 at 18.00.

Designers in Sustainable Design from Finland:

Aalto & Aalto, Linda Berghroth, Sirpa Fourastié & Susan Elo, Johanna Gullichsen, Hahmo, Henri Halla-aho, Pekka Harni, Simo Heikkilä, Sanelma Hihnala, Jouko Järvisalo, Inka Kivalo, Seppo Koho, Harri Koskinen, Antti Kotilainen, Hannu Kähönen, Kristiina Lassus, Stefan Lindfors, Samuli Naamanka, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Anniina Nurmi, Mikko Paakkanen, Pelago, Peruste, Ritva Puotila, Tuula Pöyhönen, Heikki Ruoho, Jukka Setälä, Ilkka Suppanen, Janna Syvänoja, Yuka Takahashi, Petri Vainio and Yrjö Wiherheimo.

This exhibition toured Helsinki and Tallinn afterwards.
See also “Enduring Beauty Exhibition in Tallinn

Globalization and locality are contemporary topics.
Understanding cultural differences and bringing one’s own idea into local needs are important issues for designers.
This exhibition “Astia-Utsuwa” shows three sets of different dining suites designed through “TABLEWARE DESIGN PROJECT derived from Finnish and Japanese eating culture” and carried out at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH in Spring-Summer 2005. Does a design process with cultural exchange study create interesting results?
Three working group units have studied Finnish and Japanese culture especially in the area of serving and consuming meals through a series of intensive workshop sessions. The first of these units is comprised of Finnish students: Susanna Hoikkala, Tanja Sipilä and Marjaana Yläjääski, the second of Japanese students: Nao Saito, Satoko Taguma and Midori Yamada, and the third of the project planner and leader, Yuka Takahashi. Designers have different background such as applied art and design, architectural study, industrial design, spatial and furniture design. This project is one part of Yuka Takahashi’s diploma work of Industrial and strategic design Ma program at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH supervised by a significant Finnish designer and artist Stefan Lindfors.
The teams of Finnish students and Japanese students created sets of artefacts relating to the dining environments of their reciprocal cultures. Yuka Takahashi created a set of artefacts as integrations of Japanese and Finnish cultures.
The task was given as “table and tableware for four people in an everyday environment.” The title “ASTIA-UTSUWA” is a coined expression of “vessel” in “Finnish-Japanese”.

The exhibition of young Finnish designers at the Design Museum Helsinki, Finland. 16.10-22.11.1987

Pekka Harni was the architect of the exhibition and also the exhibition structures were constructed by his team.

The touring exhibition of The Designers of The Year 2011 awarded by Ornamo.

The Finnish Association of Designers, Ornamo have awarded their commendable members with professional recognition since 1981.

The criteria for the presentation of awards include innovation, artistic quality, topicality, interest value or a long meritorious career. The Finnish Association of Designers, Ornamo was established in 1911. It has more than 1,700 members working in the fields of industrial design, interior architecture, fashion, and textile design as well as crafts and applied arts. Finnish Designer Awards ’11 begins the celebration of Ornamo’s 100 years anniversary.

see the booklet here >

Ornamo’s award winners 2011:

Industrial Designer of the Year Pekka Harni

“What stands out in Pekka Harni’s work are the continuation of Kaj Franck’s ethical and moral design tradition and a marked support for sustainable development. Harni’s teaching and design work is profound and insightful. Honesty and open disclosure of one’s firm position form the essential part of Harni’s designer identity.” – the Association of Industrial designers Finland TKO

Fashion Designer of the Year Jasmiine Julin-Aro

Interior Architect of the Year Vertti Kivi

Artist of the Year Janna Syvänoja

Textile Artist of the Year Heli Tuori-Luutonen

Grafia’s award winner 2011:

Graphic Designer of the Year Agent Pekka

Muotoilijat ’11 – Finnish Designer Awards ’11 exhibition
14th January– 13th February 2011
Design Forum Finland
Erottajankatu 7 Helsinki Finland

touring exhibition:
Finnish-Norwegian cultural institute, Oslo, Norway 18.8.–18.9.2011
Finnish Institute in Stockholm, Sweden 6.10.–3.11.2011


The ENDURING BEAUTY – sustainable design from Finland is an exhibition in Tallinn Design Night Festival. The works at the exhibition represent the highest quality of Finnish sustainable design, ranging from jewellery to furniture and from bicycles to urban environmental design concepts.
The exhibition is located in the Design Elevator section in the impressive old building in Rotermann Quarter, the centre of Tallinn.

Designers presented in the exhibition:
Aalto & Aalto, Linda Bergroth, Susan Elo, Johanna Gullichsen, Hahmo / Illona Törmikoski, Henri Halla-aho, Pekka Harni, Simo Heikkilä, Sanelma Hihnala, Jouko Järvisalo, Inka Kivalo, Seppo Koho, Harri Koskinen, Hannu Kähönen, Stefan Lindfors, Samuli Naamanka, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Anniina Nurmi, Mikko Paakkanen, Pelago, Peruste, Ritva Puotila, Inni Pärnänen, Tuula Pöyhönen, Heikki Ruoho, Janna Syvänoja, Yuka Takahashi, Julie Tolvanen, Petri Vainio and Yrjö Wiherheimo.