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Helsinki Design Residency

Helsinki Design Residency © YILING WU

© YILING WU

The Helsinki Design Residency offers an opportunity for practitioners to explore and reflect on the evolving life and context of Helsinki as a Nordic capital. The residency focuses on stimulating new research and is open to a broad range of UK-based practitioners at the intersection of art, design and architecture, encouraging speculative and critical thinking.

The residency is an opportunity for the practitioner to create new connections with local designers, curators, researchers and design experts. The resident's research provides fresh perspectives and interpretations on Helsinki and its context, while also fostering fresh debate and dialogue more broadly.

The Helsinki Design Residency was established in 2012 as part of the World Design Capital programme and has been run in collaboration with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, recently joined by Design Museum Helsinki (DM) and Strelka Institute.

Previous Designers in Residence 

Laura Spring (2018) research focused on the ancient Finnish weaving technique Täkänä.

F͡RA̴UD̸  (2017) Artist duo Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo investigated the emerging material realm of carbon derivatives materials. 

Luca Picardi (2016) developed a project called ‘Familiar'; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe. 

Teresa Dillon (2015) researched future plans for the city of Helsinki and proposed a free-to-use urban hut to be used by tourists visiting the city.

Tobias Revell (2014) offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki, based on the theme Take the Leap.

Tzortzis Rallis (2013) explored the Helsinki graphic design scene on the theme of Public Acts / Quiet Riot.  

Julia Tcharfas (2012) responded to the residency theme Embedding Design in Life with a sound composition titled 'Eco-System'. 

19 April 2018

Laura Spring Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2018

Laura Spring Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2018  © CARO WEISS

© CARO WEISS

19 April 2018

Elina Laitinen Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2018

Elina Laitinen Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2018  © ELINA LAITINEN

© ELINA LAITINEN

27 March 2018

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 8 April 2018

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 8 April 2018   HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

11 May 2017

Talk: Familiar Spaces

Talk: Familiar Spaces  © LUCA PICARDI

© LUCA PICARDI

6 April 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017 ©Alexis Bellavance

©Alexis Bellavance

14 December 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

13 March 2016

Luca Picardi: Designer in Residence Helsinki 2016

Luca Picardi: Designer in Residence Helsinki 2016 Private Public Spaces - Luca Picardi

Private Public Spaces - Luca Picardi

10 July 2015

Teresa Dillon - Designer in Residence Helsinki 2015

Teresa Dillon - Designer in Residence Helsinki 2015 Caption: Pop-Up Landscapes 2008-09 Photo Credit: Teresa Dillon

Caption: Pop-Up Landscapes 2008-09 Photo Credit: Teresa Dillon

8 May 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015 My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli  by Tobias Revell

My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli by Tobias Revell

10 October 2014

Unexpected Helsinki - Tobias Revell on his Residency

Unexpected Helsinki - Tobias Revell on his Residency Seen on the wall of Putte's Pizzeria - Helsinki

Seen on the wall of Putte's Pizzeria - Helsinki

12 November 2013

Tzortzis Rallis: Public Acts/ Helsinki

Tzortzis Rallis: Public Acts/ Helsinki Eike Rally

Eike Rally

27 August 2013

Helsinki Residency

Helsinki Residency Subversion Redesign Political Graphics - Tzortzis Rallis

Subversion Redesign Political Graphics - Tzortzis Rallis

21 October 2012

Echo-System: Julia Tcharfas residency at Helsinki World Design Capital

Echo-System: Julia Tcharfas residency at Helsinki World Design Capital

16 August 2012

Helsinki Urban Garden - Artist Residency

Helsinki Urban Garden - Artist Residency Studio Scenes (Part 1-4 2011) Image courtesy of Julia Tcharfars

Studio Scenes (Part 1-4 2011) Image courtesy of Julia Tcharfars

15 August 2012

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - 'Everyday Discoveries'

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - 'Everyday Discoveries' Margaret Calvert – Road Signage

Margaret Calvert – Road Signage

24 June 2012

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - Urban Garden

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - Urban Garden Urban Garden concept design by Wayward Plants

Urban Garden concept design by Wayward Plants