New Finnish Design CITY Focuses on Urban Design

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and the Consulate General of Finland in New York will continue their New Finnish Design event series in 2012 together with several Finnish and American partners. The project that started already in 2008 has presented the leading trends, latest innovations and timely concerns of design in the form of annual showcases, and thus helped in updating the image of Finnish design in North America. This year, instead of just one event during New York Design Week there will be a series of lectures, discussions, networking events, workshops, showcases, and exhibitions happening in New York throughout the year. The theme under which the various events are gathered is CITY. The series will deal with urban life and its design aspects. The events also highlight the themes of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 year: embedding functional design into urban space and lifestyle with product and service design, urban planning and architecture, and even with street culture.

Rather than physical objects New Finnish Design CITY will bring to New York both designers and design thinkers. The aim is to add to the dialogue between Finns and Americans working in and with design at large. However, there is also a material part to the project. In April an exhibition will be set up at the AIA Center for Architecture in conjunction with the Newly Drawn architectural lectures and discussions organized at both the Center for Architecture and the Cooper Union. In May the lively Finnish Design CITY lounge can be found at the Wanted Design fair, and in October the audience will have the possibility to learn about Finnish school design and school system at the Best School in the World exhibition presented again at the Center for Architecture.

The first of the 2012 New Finnish Design events, a lecture by architect Juho Grönholm, will take place at Scandinavia House on February 14. The New Finnish Design CITY website with a calendar of all upcoming events will open in early March.