Nordic Encounter

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. Occupying the capital until Sunday 17 September, the two-week festival celebrates the impact of iconic designs alongside new, emerging practices. In 2017, HDW plays an important role in Finland’s centenary celebration of independence with the incorporation of survey show Art and the Modern Form at Ateneum Art Museum. It pays tribute to Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898–1976).. In addition, HDW HOP provides an opportunity for visitors to engage with outdoor installations, whilst its diverse discussion programme looks to the future of urban design.

Helsinki Design Week, until 17 September, venues across Helsinki.

Alvar Aalto: Art and the Modern Form, until 24 September, Ateneum Art Museum.

1. Viipuri (Vyborg) City Library, Vyborg, Karelia (today Russia), 1927-1935. Image courtesy of the Alvar Aalto Museum. Photograph by Gustaf Welin.